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GeoNetwork Stakeholders

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Point of Contact: Kate Roberts

Bluenet aims to provide a virtual data centre to support long term curation and management of data for Australia 's marine science researchers.

Bluenet has taken a lead role in extending GeoNetwork by sponsoring Simon Pigot to build the MEST extension to GeoNetwork.

Metadata Entry and Search Tool (MEST])

Extends the latest GeoNetwork release (2.2)

  • Adds ANZLIC profile
  • Is labelled Beta, but is of a stable quality
  • Managed by Bluenet

Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS)

The BRS have hired LISAsoft to improve the User Interface for entering data to be user centric – putting the most important fields for the user first.

Commonwealth Scientific & Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Point of Contact: Rob Woodcock

Business Drivers as described by Rob Woodcock

… For a number of years my team has been working with others towards the creation of an open standards based interoperable geoscience infrastructure for Australia. Collaboration with both Australian and International organisations resulted in the formation of the SEE Grid community, a number of testbeds (e.g. CGI interoperability experiments with GeoSciML, Minerals Council of Australia and Geological Surveys Geochemistry, ebXML registry and repository) and various information models and tools (e.g. ANZLIC ISO metadata profile, GeoSciML, OGC Observations and Measurements, GeoServer community schema support, Fullmoon and Hollow World GML application schema modelling tools). Most of these outcomes have completed their “testbed” phase and some are moving to ISO standardisation or broader uptake.

The reason I say this GeoNetwork discussion is timely is NCRIS has provided an opportunity to make the step change from testbeds and demonstrators to production grade services. To date many of the activities have been, as Cameron noted, “for the work being done, …under-resourced”. This is particularly true as a move from testbeds to production grade services requires considerable investment and appropriate staff to achieve quality assurance, branch management, help desk support, deployment, and so forth. It is a credit to the NCRIS process and the Auscope board and AeRIC, that this investment is actually being made (to the tune of nearly $10 million by mid 2011) and the strategic objective, in an open standards/source way, is to achieve production grade infrastructure for geospatial & geoscience information.

To this end, the NCRIS activities I am involved with (Auscope and SISS) are:

  • Seeking feedback and engagement with the broader community on where best to target the available resources to achieve the production grade services infrastructure – fill in the gaps to production services and complement/support the existing activities. Flexibility and cooperation is a key ingredient

  • Establishing a quality assurance framework around the Spatial Information Services stack including – packaging/installation, regression testing/unit-test suites

  • Performing development on core open source technologies in the stack so they are interoperable, in sync with the open source community developments

  • Establishing a maintenance and support environment including help desk, priority bug fixes in the Australian and New Zealand context, deployment assistance, training, sample deployments

  • Developing features necessary to support the Australian and New Zealand geospatial communities – in particular those areas represented in NCRIS noting that is a very large group of Government and non-government organisations already.

  • Seeking to facilitate/assist organisations and communities that might be able to sustain the stack beyond the lifetime of the NCRIS investments so that the organisations that deploy have a sustainable technology base – with my CSIRO hat on success is defined as my not having a job at the end of the activity!

On a more technical note, the SISS is currently based on the following open source technologies:
  • !GeoServer - with community schema extensions
  • !GeoNetwork
  • THREDDS, Hyrax
  • Web Portals and Desktop clients – various samples are being made available particularly for training and regression testing purposes (e.g. Googlemap portal, uDig, sample java desktop clients)
  • OGC standards
  • !GeoSciML standards for geoscience information

Due to our previous work we already have reasonably good links with the open source communities involved and broadly the Australian and New Zealand activities around GeoServer. Geospatial and Geoscience information standards and the Web Portal and Desktop clients. We are less well connected with the GeoNetwork community (something we are actively seeking to improve) though we have a strong involvement in registries, metadata standards and the ANZLIC profile.

Whilst I believe the strategic intent of these activities, our collaborations, and the investment level are capable of contributing to the broadly desired outcomes Bruce mentioned in his initial e-mail, the move to production services and actually having a large investment does create some additional challenges both in project management and the, more important, social interaction side of the community.

Flexibility and communication are clearly keys to achieving our shared objectives and I welcome any feedback or suggestions on how the activities and resources represented by the Auscope and SISS investments could serve the ongoing development of GeoNetwork , GeoServer and more broadly the spatial information services stack. We do have a plan to keep things moving but it is not set in stone and there is flexibility in the resourcing to “grease the wheels” so to speak to ensure the necessary gaps can be filled – you may just find we change the plan to resource the need.

Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRC-SI)

Point of Contact: Peter Woodgate

The CRC-SI wishes to support the development of a robust Australian Spatial Data Infrastructure. This should be preceded by a National Strategy paper developed under the guidance of ANZLIC.

Key dates
By end of 2008
National Strategy Policy
Funding provided for a SDI

DSE – Victoria

European Space Agency

Point of Contact: Jeroen Ticheler

Through a project with the European Space Agency the ebRIM model will be implemented in GeoNetwork. One of the prime goals of this is to improve the internal handling of metadata and make sure other interfaces and GN as a whole benefit of some of the ebRIM advantages. The project runs until the end of 2008 and should be stable by the end of January 2009.

Organisations often use quantitative measures to review employee effectiveness. But, beware the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of Human Measurement. “The act of measuring a human affects the quality of the metrics being collected”.

Key dates
January 2009
Stable code included in GeoNetwork

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Geoscience Australia

Australian Spatial Data Directory (ASDD)

GA are migrating the ASDD over to using GeoNetwork and have resources allocated to this.

New Zealand Defence Force

Point of Contact: Byron Cochrane.

Byron is using the trunk version of GeoNetwork and is developing automated Spatial Metadata Extraction Tool (SMET) to be used for harvesting and validating metadata. As yet, he is unclear how to incorporate SMET into the GeoNetwork trunk.

There are a number of others in the GeoNetwork community investigating this problem.

New Zealand Regional Councils

Point of Contact: Jim McLeod

New Zealand mini SDI pilot

A consortium of New Zealand regional councils aim to set up a pilot to set up a mini-Spatial Data Infrastructure pilot to facilitate sharing of data.

Key dates
August 2008
Councils meet to determine key requirements

Office of Spatial Data Management (OSDM)

Point of Contact: Ben Searle

OSDM have been taking a facilitating role for Australian GeoNetwork development, coordinating sponsors involvement.


In particular, OSDM is sponsoring the migration of The Australian Spatial Data Directory (ASDD) to Geonetwork. ASDD provides search interfaces to discover geospatial dataset descriptions (metadata) throughout Australia.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Point of Contact: George Percivall

OWS6 Testbed

The annual Open Web Services (OWS) testbeds provide international, practical testing of current and upcoming OGC standards, and covered many of the strategic objectives of Australian/New Zealand geospatial programs.

By aligning with OGC testbeds we gain:

  • Our development is aligned with existing and future OGC standards, increasing the longevity of our solutions.
  • Alignment with similar international programs
  • In kind and/or financial contributions toward our projects.
  • Access to world developments in this area.

The 2008 OWS6 testbed themes are:

  • Sensor Web Enablement (SWE)
  • Aviation Information
  • Geoprocessing Workflow (GPW)
  • Geo Decision-support Services (GDS)
  • Compliance Testing (CITE)

Key dates

June 2008
Release RFQ
August 2008
RFQ responses
September 2008
March 2009

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)

Point of Contact: Cameron Shorter

OSGeo supports the development of the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects.

The Australian/New Zealand Chapter of OSGeo will host the international conference for OSGeo, FOSS4G , in 2009 and the GeoNetwork success story will be an ideal showcase study.

Key dates

November 2009
International conference for Open Source Geospatial Software, FOSS4G, in Sydney.

GeoNetwork Open Source community

Point of Contact: Jeroen Ticheler, GeoCat

GeoNetwork has a strong Open Source community behind it, lead by the primary author, Jeroen Ticheler who has built a company, GeoCat, around supporting GeoNetwork.

GeoCat are strongly engaged with the European communities and are a good point for engaging and coordinating with projects like INSPIRE, as well as aligning with future roadmaps for GeoNetwork.

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