GGP Systems has launched a new Spatial Data version of its Geographic Information System (GIS).
GGP GIS 2009 has the ability to read from and write into spatial databases including Microsofts SQL Server 2008, Oracle 9i and 10g (Locator or Spatial), and Postgresql with PostGIS. The system can also store complex GIS layers in compliance with Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) international standards.
GGPs spatial database capability allows information to be freely shared between departments or other organisations. This eliminates data silos, reducing data duplicity and improving system interoperability. The use of standard storage formats in GGP 2009 will also enable joining up of diverse datasets to provide a richer information resource.
In order to maximise the potential of geographic information as a corporate resource, it is essential that large volumes of data can be securely stored and accessed by authorised users, commented Tim Maxwell, Managing Director of GGP Systems. The integration of multiple spatial databases within GGP GIS 2009 will provide the foundation for deploying enterprise wide spatial information and facilitate either web based or wireless location based applications.
As well as the spatial data storage functionality, GGP 2009 supports Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, as well as offering improved data security and user authentication.
GGP GIS 2009 also includes more secure password storage, a simpler user authentication pass through and account generation wizard for improved data / user management and security, full OGC compliant storage of Ordnance Survey MasterMap data in SQL Server 2008, additional support for image file formats and improved stability in a Citrix environment.
GGP GIS 2009 is part of a suite of software solutions from GGP Systems that includes an upgraded version of GGPs browser based GIS eGGP and GGPs land, property and street gazetteer management software GGP NGz (NLPG and NSG).
About GGP GIS 2009
GGP GIS 2009 represents a significant advance in open systems development. It allows geospatial data layer to be stored in a standardised format in an external spatial database. That database can then be accessed by other systems, easing access to data so different systems can freely interoperate.
The Standard GIS format
The OpenGIS Simple Features Interface Standard (SFS) describes a common way for applications to store and access geospatial data in databases, so that the data can be used to support other applications. This standard is maintained by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international industry consortium of hundreds of companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards.
About Spatial Databases
GGP GIS 2009 has the ability to read from and write into spatial databases and supports Microsofts SQL Server 2008, Oracle 9i and 10g (Locator or Spatial). GGP also supports Postgresql with PostGIS, which is well known in the Open Source community.
Spatial Data Storage allows much easier sharing of information across departments, eliminating proprietary-format data silos, data redundancy, and often the need to convert between vendors' formats. With data held in central servers, several departments across an organisation can share it using different applications. The mechanisms that keep data safe and secure (e.g. backup regimes, user accounts, permissions) can be maintained centrally, as dictated by corporate policy.
Spatial Data Managers also eliminate the need to develop separate interfaces to different systems. When standard storage formats are used, applications can be allowed access to spatial datasets maintained by other applications. This is the greatest benefit of interoperability.
Interoperability and GIS
Spatial Data Storage allows existing, separate datasets to be easily combined and cross-matched to provide access to more information. For example, an organisation that has geocoded gazetteer (address) data, and non-GIS relational datasets that have been address-matched against gazetteer, could create rich data views joining both GIS and non-GIS data. Data that was formerly stored as non-GIS tables can be mapped and standard GIS analysis tools like thematic mapping can provide further insight into this information.