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

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Thu Nov 15 12:10:07 PST 2012

I'll modify/add to that list:
localwiki is not a a GeoPortal it's a place based wiki, quite different
from the others (It's not meant to catalog data sets, it's meant to
catalog the real world with geotags/geofences).
Example: https://scruzwiki.org/

Geodjango is a framework for creating such sites and really doesn't need
to be installed separate as the python lib can be shared by all sites on
the system: localwiki is built on GeoDjango (I can't recall if Geonode
is Geodjango or just django). .. So it's more like a Library.

More geoportals:
Lead contacts are at Tufts Univ.

Contact: Stephan Meissl

Note on Geonode, it has a 3 member PSC - 1 member is from OpenGeo
(originator and heavy contributor) I can ask on the mailing list who
wants to be the contact.

There seem to be a few groupings(Several cross, but I'm not sure any are
in all);
Editors - Data is primarily created/edited via the website,
"collaborative digitizing"

Catalogs - Data is uploaded with metadata and can be searched for and

Visualization - Data is uploaded, you can style it and compose a map
from the layers, and publish the map

Services - Data uploaded is exposed externally via OGC services


On 11/14/2012 02:11 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> 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
> two.
> Spatial portal I'm aware of:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc_Packages#Package_wishlist
> Localwiki
>    a local place based wiki software.    http://www.localwiki.org   
> Contact: Philip Neustrom
> Geodjango
>    a python framework for building geo websites, it's what localwiki is
>    built on. Maybe we can copy the existing tutorial which in RST.   
> http://geodjango.org/    Contact: Justin Bronn
> GeoNode
>    http://geonode.org/    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
>    http://www.easysdi.org/    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
> GisClient
>    http://www.gisclient.org    web authoring tool configurator for GIS
> projects, based on
>    Mapserver/OpenLayers. Applied for OSGeo incubation,
>    http://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/910    Contact: Roberto Starnini
> i3Geo
>    i3Geo allows the creation of interactive maps on the Web and
>    dissemination of data through OGC services and download of data   
> https://gvsig.org/web/projects/i3Geo    Contact: Valenty Gonzalez
> Cartaro GIS CMS
>    Geospatial CMS based upon Drupal, PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache
>    and OpenLayers.    http://cartaro.org/overview    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).   
> http://live.osgeo.org/en/overview/geomoose_overview.html    Contact: Bob
> Basques
> GeoMajas
>    Geomajas is an extensible web mapping framework which seamlessly
>    integrates powerful server side algorithms into the web browser.   
> http://live.osgeo.org/en/overview/geomajas_overview.html    Contact:
> Pieter De Graef
> MapBender
>    Web based geoportal framework to publish, register, view, navigate,
>    monitor and grant secure access to spatial data infrastructure
>    services.   
> http://live.osgeo.org/en/overview/mapbender_overview.html    Contact:
> Astrid Emde
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