[Live-demo] Are there opportunities to collaborate in the GIS Portal market?

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 14:11:22 PST 2012

As we are are planning for our next OSGeo-Live 6.5 release, we are now 
seeing a number geospatial portal applications which all seem to be 
doing roughly the same thing, and are being developed independently of 
each other. (see list below)

It seems to be a crowded market space which would be daunting for 
purchasers looking to find the right project, and which I expect would 
benefit from a level of consolidation.

I'd like to hear thoughts from stakeholders in each of these projects.
Am I missing something here, what is unique about your specific project?
Are there opportunities for collaboration? Merging of functionality 
between projects often has an effort cost up front, but pays off long 
term as you share developers and sponsors across one codebase instead of 

Spatial portal I'm aware of:


    a local place based wiki software. 
    Contact: Philip Neustrom 

    a python framework for building geo websites, it's what localwiki is
    built on. Maybe we can copy the existing tutorial which in RST. 
    Contact: Justin Bronn 

    A packaged stack of PostGIS/GeoServer/GeoNetwork. It's primary goal
    is to let users upload data sets, fill out minimal metadata, then
    allow it all to be remixed in web maps and shared out viaWMS, WFS,
    Tiles, etc. 
    As of May 2012, requires a custom GeoServer 
    Contact: ?, Being developed by OpenGeo 

    EasySDI is a simple and ready-to-use solution to deploy a Spatial
    Data Infrastructure (SDI) based on ISO/OGC standards. The solution
    is particularly designed for setting up discovery, view and download
    services in a securized environement with rights management and
    multilingual support. 
    Contact: Xavier Merour 

    web authoring tool configurator for GIS projects, based on
    Mapserver/OpenLayers. Applied for OSGeo incubation,
    Contact: Roberto Starnini 

    i3Geo allows the creation of interactive maps on the Web and
    dissemination of data through OGC services and download of data 
    Contact: Valenty Gonzalez 

Cartaro GIS CMS
    Geospatial CMS based upon Drupal, PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache
    and OpenLayers. 
    Contact: Patric Hafner 

      Current OSGeo-Live Web Portals

    A browser based mapping framework for displaying distributed
    cartographic data. It is particularly useful for managing spatial
    and non-spatial data within county, city and municipal offices (from
    which GeoMoose originated). 
    Contact: Bob Basques 

    Geomajas is an extensible web mapping framework which seamlessly
    integrates powerful server side algorithms into the web browser. 
    Contact: Pieter De Graef 

    Web based geoportal framework to publish, register, view, navigate,
    monitor and grant secure access to spatial data infrastructure
    Contact: Astrid Emde 

Cameron Shorter
Geospatial Solutions Manager
Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
Mob: +61 (0)419 142 254

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