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Confronted with a major crisis in the form of the destructive Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/11, various information communities in Christchurch, New Zealand were suddenly compelled to re-engineer ...

Confronted with a major crisis in the form of the destructive Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/11, various information communities in Christchurch, New Zealand were suddenly compelled to re-engineer business-as-usual information sharing practices. The former ways of doing things would not scale to meet the new demands for timely and up-to-date information.
They addressed the challenge by adopting standards-based interoperable services to share geospatial information. These achieved efficiencies critical to the disaster response and are on-going for the recovery processes.
Sharing information is one step; Christchurch Earthquake recovery partners defined a further ambition to transact updates between one another, on their different platforms.
To accelerate cross-platform interoperability, the recovery partners, with support from LINZ, hosted a so-called ‘Plugfest’ in May 2012. Within three days a working solution between four vendor platforms was implemented and demonstrated, based on OGC compliant, transactional web-services.
This presentation outlines what was achieved and how. It also invites the audience to consider whether other communities could do likewise i.e. leverage similar benefits, without a catastrophe as catalyst? Establishing geospatial web services as the new ‘business as usual’.

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Canterbury Plugfest: Geospatial Interoperability Works! Canterbury Plugfest: Geospatial Interoperability Works! Presentation Transcript

  • CANTERBURY PLUGFEST: Geospatial Interoperability Works! Maurits van der Vlugt Mercury Project Solutions Richard Murcott | Geospatial Standards Leader New Zealand Geospatial Office
  • Overview Background Data Sharing Challenges Solution: a Plugfest! Should you consider hosting one yourself?
  • Kyle Dow, Senior Data Analyst, Corporate Data Team, CCC
  • 2010-11 Christchurch Earthquakes 4 Sept. 2010 7.1 magnitude 22 February 2011 6.3 magnitude - 185 dead - NZ‟s costliest disaster
  • Post Feb 2011 – Recovery Period Council Systems Intact! Data Sharing  Council  EM Agencies  Civil Defence  Utilities  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry  Environment Canterbury (ECAN)  Etc… Initially: Sneakernet…
  • Photos: Kyle Dow, Senior Data Analyst, Corporate Data Team, CCC
  • Next step: Interoperable Supply Kyle Dow, Senior Data Analyst, Corporate Data Team, CCC
  • Wait: Death by Acronym!WFS:Web FeatureService
  • Next step: Interoperable Supply Kyle Dow, Senior Data Analyst, Corporate Data Team, CCC
  • WFS for Data Supply Works Kyle Dow, Senior Data Analyst, Corporate Data Team, CCC
  • Next step: Receiving Data? ? ? ? ? Kyle Dow, Senior Data Analyst, Corporate Data Team, CCC
  • Same Issues, but… Christchurch City holds Authoritative Data, e.g…  WasteWater  Building Status Construction partners manually submit data in variety of formats Time & Money wasted on data loading & management WFS has no capability to receive updates through interoperable web services
  • Transactional Web Service: WFS-T WFS: Geometry & Attributes - “Read Only” WFS-T: As WFS + “Create, Update, Delete” CCC + Partners struggled to successfully enable WFS-T  OGC compliance of their Software?  Schema harmonisation?  “Too hard” basket? Image: http://villagescribe.com.au
  • What they needed: Transactional Interoperability between recovery partners:  CERA, CCC, SCIRT  ESRI, Integraph  OGC Standards (NZGO SDI Cookbook) Practical, short-term solution (can‟t wait) Focus on issues with existing (OGC) standards interfaces, notably WFS-T Immediate results that will accelerate recovery & reconstruction efforts
  • Solution: WFS-T Plugfest Short Duration Collaborative Hands-on Independent Facilitation & WFS-T Architect “Just Make it Work” Image: http://www.ispcs.org
  •  Two Use-Case scenarios Set-up Data and Services Implement end-to- end Interoperability Photo: Maurits van der Vlugt Live Demo All in 3 days!
  • Technology Agnostic Organisation Technologies CCC Intergraph GeoMedia Pro Intergraph GeoMedia WebMap SCIRT ESRI ArcGIS Server ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Safe Software – FME WFS „Pump script‟ CERA Benoli Silverfish ESRI GeoDatabase WFS „Pump script‟ InsureCorp* Pitney Bowes Software MapInfo Professional* fictitious name to protect any commercial interests
  • Before and After
  • Lessons Learned Interoperability works!  WFS: Mature  COTS WFS-T Servers: Mature  COTS WFS-T Clients: Maturing WFS/WFS-T Schema Sensitive  Good Community Schema is important Submitting to WFS-T requires scripting or Client plug-ins
  • Conclusions Plugfest model is highly effective to achieve hands-on practical interoperability Demonstrated viable solution architecture with immediate business benefits Achieved in 3-day Plugfest, what would have taken weeks (effort) or months (elapsed) Photo: Andy Coote otherwise
  • THANK YOUMore Information:http://www.geospatial.govt.nz/christchurch-plugfest-2012-reportMaurits van der VlugtMaurits.vandervlugt@mercuryps.com.auTwitter: @mvandervlugtRichard Murcottrmurcott@linz.govt.nz