GET SDI Portal v.3.0 – the new(-ish) kid on the block

getsdilogoI wrote about this a few years back and now Geospatial Enabling Technologies (GET) has annouced the release of its latest version of GET SDI Portal. The 3.0 version includes several new tools including:

  • Advanced search tools using descriptive and spatial criteria
  • Saving features in several differen formats (Shapefile, GML, CSV, KML etc.)
  • Adding selected features to a list for further use
  • Ability to see your data in 3D  via Google Earth

The GET SDI portal is an open-source web mapping framework initially developed to fullfill the the European INSPIRE directive. It has moved a bit since then, now offering tools not only for the INSPIRE Discovery, View and Download Services but also for data editing, advanced search, and even for document uploading.

I never tried to install it before, but I am currently in the process of researching web mapping platforms for a project I am working on so this time I did. I must say that I was pretty impressed with the software. Surely enough, there is functionality there that you can find in other applications but this one is quite comprehensive. However, the main reason I am quite keen on it is its ease of installation. Working mainly on windows platforms, some of the other open-source products I tried were quite-lets say-“challenging” to get them installed. I got GET SDI running on IIS and looking at my first map in less than 2hrs. That to me says something!

If you want to give it a go, head over to Github to download it, have a look at how it was implemented in Greece’s Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) or look at its user base through a story map.

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Open Source SDI Portal from Get

Athens-based Get has released a platform for building SDI portals under a GPL v.3 License. The platform aptly named GET SDI Portal, was developed using a pure open source technology stack (PHP, OpenLayers, ExtJS and GeoExt) and it provides search functions for Catalog Services, displaying WMS and WFS layers as well the “usual” map navigation and map management tools.

According to the company, the next version will include search function compatible with the INSPIRE EU directive (among other enhancements). You can download it from http://www.getmap.gr/v2/site/files/opensourcegis/getsdiportalv1.zip

If you want to see it in action, it has been implemented for Greece’s Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE)