In the first quarter of 2020 we expect to present our new GeoCat Bridge for QGIS. This will be one of the most effective data publishing solutions for QGIS. The experimental plug-in is already available for download.
One-click publication workflow
GeoCat Bridge for QGIS provides a one-click publication workflow from desktop to web. GeoCat Bridge was previously known for helping ArcMap users publish data, metadata and importantly cartography to a GeoServer or MapServer stack. With GeoCat Bridge 4 we are pleased to bring this experience to QGIS Desktop.
First version of Bridge for QGIS
With great dedication our developers are working on our first version of Bridge for QGIS. At the FOSS4G conference in Bucharest in August we were proud to present a demo of Bridge for QGIS. In October we presented our release candidate at the QGIS Centric Meeting that was held on October 25th 2019 in Chattanooga (Tennessee, USA) at Chattanooga State Technical Community College.
Bridge for QGIS will be using QGIS layer identification information to register a published dataset in an online catalog. You can publish layers using GeoServer or MapServer; more options are being planned. Bridge for QGIS will have a great cartography support that adapts desktop styling to a wide range of formats. A new feature in the Bridge for QGIS (Bridge 4) are Mapbox vector tiles. Open Source Python Libraries are used to make it all happen.
Bridge for QGIS download
We expect to present the official version of Bridge 4 (for QGIS) in the first quarter of 2020. You then can buy GeoCat Bridge for QGIS (Bridge 4) and receive support or download the open source plug-in directly. The experimental plugin can already be downloaded at the QGIS.org-website or installed directly from the QGIS plug-in window.
Bridge for ArcGIS Pro
In our roadmap of GeoCat Bridge 4 we have also included the development of GeoCat Bridge for ArcGIS Pro. We are still investigating whether or not to develop a Bridge 4 for ArcMap, as ESRI appears to have put its focus on Pro. If you’re interested in a Bridge 4 for ArcMap, please let us know. We will be running Bridge 3 and 4 in parallel.
Help us improve the GeoCat Bridge roadmap
We have set up a Bridge questionnaire to investigate which Bridge aspects users value and would like to see migrated or added to Bridge 4. We welcome you to fill out the questionnaire at https://forms.gle/31t8iv1xqoiMueQK9.
Getting curious? Want to know more about the features of this Bridge plug-in? Please contact Jody Garnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GeoCat was contracted to implement a metadata catalogue based on GeoNetwork opensource for the National GeoRegistry of The Netherlands. A main goal for the metadata catalogue was to develop a new user interface more usable and flexible, an easy to use metadata editor, Introduce GeoDCAT-ap and crawling capabilities by search engines.
GeoCat Bridge is a key part of our Neftex Earth Model publishing workflow, enabling us to easily replicate the geological symbols used to style our ArcGIS produced content said Alex Rushfort of Neftex Now we can deliver Web Map Services to our international oil industry clients through GeoServer, retaining the familiar appearance of our desktop GIS data products.
GeoCat has developed the metadata catalogue portal for the Flemish Geographical Information Agency (AGIV) in a consortium with GIM.
Several improvements and new functions have been added to the GeoNetwork opensource based catalog to further refine support for INSPIRE, improve the metadata publishing workflow and support horizontal scaling of multiple catalog instances.
GeoCat is contracted by the German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, BKG, to implement several enhancements to GeoNetwork opensource for the German INSPIRE Spatial Data Infrastructure GDI.
One of the goals is to create a module for metadata content analysis to will allow metadata editors to determine the quality of the metadata in order to improve it.
GeoCat is contracted by Environment Canada to implement a metadata catalogue based on GeoNetwork opensource. A main goal for the metadata catalogue is to be compliant with web accessible rules.
In the context of the project many other features have been implemented. For example the support for the SensorML metadata profile, an enhanced workflow module that offers several levels of verification and approval before a metadata is published, enhanced filters with facets for the metadata search results, et cetera.
GeoCat has implemented the metadata catalogue based on GeoNetwork opensource for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
The metadata catalogue contains new features like the integration of data files uploaded as online resources with an FME Server, a reporting module and a module to allow massive updates of metadata content.
GeoCat has contributed to the development of the SwissTopo geographic catalogue. geocat.ch is the metadata catalogue for Switzerland’s geodata. Federal, cantonal and municipal offices as well as private firms use geocat.ch to publish metadata for their own geodata.
GeoCat worked in a consortium with CamptoCamp (Swiss) and BRGM (France) on the implementation. GeoCat focussed on the support of complex metadata editing, including functionality to prevent public access to sensitive metadata fragments within the metadata, a custom Swiss catalogue interface, upgrade to a JS Widgets based user interface and general technical support to the project.
The geocat.ch portal can be found at http://www.geocat.ch
GeoCat is contracted by a consortium of the cadastre agencies of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Scotland to develop the core of their respective National geo-registries. GeoCat works on ensuring the compliance of the software with the INSPIRE directive for metadata. The security layer and web mapping interface are further developed as part of this project which is running since the start of 2010.
GeoCat has implemented the ebRIM registry interface with the basic and ISO extension packages for the European Space Agency project ERGO. The project fits within the broader Heterogeneous Mission Accessibility Test bed (HMA-T) that works towards harmonized access to all earth observation data collected by the ESA member states at the distributed ground segments. The registry is implemented as a component of the GeoNetwork open source project and transparently publishes metadata published in GeoNetwork through the registry. The ebRIM software source code can be found here
GeoCat Bridge is the long awaited product that promises to fill the gap between our open – and closed source hybrid geospatial frameworks said Thijs van Menen from Rijkswaterstaat (The Netherlands) Specific knowledge on how to make services is no longer needed. Finally we can fulfill the needs of our staff by providing them with a tool to make services by themselves in an easy way