New capability enables users to quickly find and retrieve Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Services from within Cadcorp SIS.
Cadcorp, the digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer, has announced that the next version of its Cadcorp SIS – Spatial Information System – software suite, Version 6.2, will incorporate Web searching facilities from Google™.
Developed using the Google Web APIs (application programming interface), the new functionality will enable Cadcorp SIS desktop users to access Google’s search facilities directly from within the Cadcorp SIS environment. This capability will enable users to use Google to quickly find services that implement Open Geospatial Consortium® (OGC) Web Service specifications.
Because Cadcorp SIS already has OGC Web Service client implementations built in, any services found by Google will be directly usable within the Cadcorp SIS environment, straight away. Cadcorp SIS users will therefore be able to quickly access and retrieve relevant OGC Web Services, thereby maximising interoperability and data sharing between and within organisations.
Users of Cadcorp SIS will be able to search for OGC Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Coverage Service (WCS) servers, with an option to restrict the search using additional keywords. Advanced options will also be available to search for references to OGC Web Services within HTML or other files, such as PDF documents. In addition, users can provide their own Google Web API key to get their own dedicated requests per day.
All of this functionality will be available at no extra cost to users of Cadcorp SIS.
“As an active member of the Open Geospatial Consortium and a keen supporter of its aims, we are always striving to make it as straightforward as possible for Cadcorp SIS users to access and use the spatial information they need to do their jobs properly,” said Martin Daly, technical director, Cadcorp. “Many of our users are keen to use OGC Web Services in their day-to-day work but are not aware of the servers that are available and the vast amount of data already being served via OGC Web Services specifications.”
“Having seen the results of the ‘OGC Survey’ carried out by Refractions Research, (see www.refractions.net/white_papers/ogcsurvey/), we were inspired to add Google searching to Cadcorp SIS”, he added. “The combination of Google’s search capabilities and Cadcorp’s OGC W*S client implementations means that the dream of GIS interoperability is now one step closer to reality.”
“Cadcorp has made a number of significant contributions to the work of the OGC over a number of years,” said Carl Reed, OGC’s chief technology officer, “and they’ve used OGC standards creatively in their products. This latest product innovation from them is a great example of how OGC standards enable geospatial technology to be integrated into mainstream information technology infrastructures.”
Cadcorp SIS V6.2, including the Google search capabilities, is scheduled for customer shipment at the beginning of the fourth quarter, 2005.
Established in 1991, Cadcorp is a leading UK developer of digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software. With offices in the UK, USA and Australia, Cadcorp’s distribution and VAR network stretches worldwide. The company also plays a pivotal technical role in the Open Geospatial Consortium. Inc ® (OGC).
The Cadcorp SIS – Spatial Information System – product range is fully integrated digital mapping and GIS software that uses OGC® certified compliant interfaces. Cadcorp technical director Martin Daly is an OGC Gardels Medal holder for his contribution to the OGC. Cadcorp is an ISO9001:2000 certified company, an Ordnance Survey Licenced Partner and holds a UK government S-CAT agreement for category 15, GIS Software.
Cadcorp SIS applications exist in local government, central government, emergency services, insurance, oil & natural gas, mapping and surveying, commerce, utilities and many other markets. (For more information please visit: www.cadcorp.com).