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CARIS and Holonics Team to Develop GeoPortal Web Services

The project will include the development of web services based on open and international geopatial standards.

CARIS, New Brunswick, Canada, will collaborate with Holonics Data Management Group Ltd. to develop a standards-based set of geospatial web services for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

The full contract, estimated to be in excess of $274,000, is to provide the DFO with a common marine data entry point, a GeoPortal. The GeoPortal platform will access and extract knowledge from DFO’s various marine and hydrographic data holdings. The knowledge-based geospatial infrastructure it will augment and enhance DFO products, services and programs.

The final bid team members include prime contractor Holonics Data Management Group Ltd. (, CARIS (, and Nautical Data International ( The team is poised to develop and support a GeoPortal for DFO that will meet their existing and future IT needs.

Specifically the project will include the development of web services based on open and international geospatial standards as well as development of an application to serve as an interactive user interface, or entry point, for the Portal services.

The CARIS technology to be used as part of the GeoPortal infrastructure is CARIS Spatial Fusion, specifically the OGC Cascading Web Mapping Server and the OGC Web Feature Server. Backend Spatial Fusion Services such as the OGC Cascading Web Mapping Server will enable DFO to incorporate layers from various proprietary data formats in multiple spatial reference systems. The OGC Web Feature Server will allow database transactions such as insert or select to be conducted over the web for spatial objects.

Delivery of the GeoPortal will follow with workshops, demonstrations and presentations to various communities within DFO such as habitat management and marine services. These will serve to explore potential for their use of the GeoPortal infrastructure either as a data provider and/or as a user. Completion of the GeoPortal Project is set for March 2002.

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