Web-Based Data Distribution Systems
Track: New Technology and Technology Integration
Author(s): Don Murray
This paper describes the challenges and benefits surrounding a Web-based data distribution system. Implementing a web-based spatial data distribution can be a challenge, but many organizations are doing it successfully and reaping the benefits. Before enterprises undertake such projects however, they must first allocate time to understanding the quality of their data, and the target audience. Traditionally, it has been very difficult for an enterprise to consolidate its disparate map data into a single, seamless database, and integrate this significant asset into the decision making process. For the past 30 years, organizations around the world have been capturing spatial data digitally in a wide variety of data formats. With thousands of data formats, sharing mapping data is a complete process. Industry sectors, governments, and even departments often work in data formats that most appropriately address their needs. Recent developments in spatial database technology from a variety of vendors are making it possible for organizations to realize the dream of integrated spatial and attribute corporate databases. Although the transition from mapsheet files into a spatial database can be difficult, many organizations are now successfully doing this in order to leverage their significant spatial data investment. This article provides guidance in preparing for such a migration, independent of spatial database type.
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