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EDINA National Datacentre Activity Update to GWG


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Presented by James Reid at Geospatial Working Group Meeting, York, 20 July 2010.

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EDINA National Datacentre Activity Update to GWG

  1. 1. EDINA National Data Centre Activity Update to GWG July 2010 James Reid
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Update on Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digimap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go-Geo! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unlock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ShareGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digimap for Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Update on Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AddressingHistory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WalkingThroughTime2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CHALICE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile Scoping Study </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Update on other activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scottish SDI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESDIN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenStream </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Update on Services - Digimap <ul><li>Other Changes and updates </li></ul><ul><li>Carto updated with landline style rendering for MasterMap. </li></ul><ul><li>Roam updated to add accessability code (ARIA) to interface. </li></ul><ul><li>Outstanding print issues with Cadcorp software resolved. </li></ul>Historic Download Beta released. New Roam Client replaces Classic Ancient Roam Beta released. Geology Roam Beta released.
  4. 4. Update on Services - Digimap <ul><li>Data Changes and Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrospatial 2009 data added to Hydrospatial Download. </li></ul><ul><li>MiniScale, 1:250000 Raster added to Data Download along with new formats for Meridian 2 and Land-Form Profile Contour. </li></ul><ul><li>Town Plans available through Historic Digimap. </li></ul><ul><li>StreetView and VectorMap District added to Data Download along with new format for Land-Form Profile DTM. </li></ul><ul><li>MasterMap data updated (now March 2010 data content). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Update on Services - Go-Geo! Current General activity on portal increasing month on month (March 2010 had +5000 unique visitors to portal with almost 30,000 page requests) Social Networking RSS feeds, Blog, twitter New content categories added e.g. mobile. 2 new metadata collections – MIMAS Landmap and one private for Southampton. (Discussions with MIMAS to commence on how to harvest their soon to be available CSW interface). AGMAP realignment with GEMINI2/INSPIRE GeoDoc – slowly increasing use. Southampton Uni Dept of Archaeology have integrated GeoDoc into their course on geospatial data management. Recent promotion included INSPIRE conference presentation and upcoming autumn workshops. GeoDoc can now enable users to create INSPIRE and GEMINI2 records. Roadmap Move away from z39.50 and rearchitect on CSW to ensure INSPIRE and UKLP compliancy/interoperability Build more use of portal into courses by e.g. provision of elearning modules to demonstrate key areas of portal
  6. 6. Update on Services – Unlock [] <ul><li>In October 2009 added an open data gazetteer search. </li></ul><ul><li>In April 2010 we were among the first to create a service based on OS Open Data. </li></ul><ul><li>New functionality added to meet Digimap's needs - re-projection of results, hierarchical containment relations of features. </li></ul><ul><li>What's coming up ? </li></ul><ul><li>Adding OpenStreetmap to the open data </li></ul><ul><li>gazetteer - doing more Linked </li></ul><ul><li>Data work with Unlock. </li></ul><ul><li>Deployment in CHALICE (see later) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Update on Services – ShareGeo [] ShareGeo Digimap – hundreds of users registering to download but less than 10 data deposits! So ………… ShareGeo Open – a data repository for any one from UK HE to deposit less restricted data available to all at ShareGeo Open timely with recent developments e.g. OS OpenData Parallel development - build plugin for ArcMap to enable deposit into ShareGeo Open repository direct from desktop
  8. 8. Update on Services – Digimap for Schools <ul><li>Digimap for Schools provides schools with easy access to Ordnance Survey’s most detailed digital mapping for the whole of Great Britain for the first time - and prices range from just £60 to £125 (ex VAT) per schools per year. </li></ul><ul><li>It includes Ordnance Survey's OS MasterMap® plus digital versions of paper maps such as the 1:50 000 scale OS Landranger Map and the 1:25 000 scale OS Explorer Map. </li></ul><ul><li>The service is designed for use by both teachers and pupils, and offers an accessible interface with on-screen help pages </li></ul>
  9. 9. Update on Projects – AddressingHistory [] <ul><li>Funded under JISC Call 13/09 </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid innovation project - runs from April to September 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Will create an online tool which will enable a broad spectrum of users, both within and outwith academia (particularly local history groups and genealogists), to combine data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with contemporaneous historical maps. </li></ul><ul><li>Delivered by EDINA in partnership with the National Library of Scotland using materials already digitised under ongoing NLS programmes. </li></ul><ul><li>Crowd-sourcing through the AddressingHistory tool will lead to a fully geo-coded version of the digitised directories thus providing significant added-value to the general public, local historians and specialist researchers across multiple disciplines. </li></ul><ul><li>The project will focus on three eras of Edinburgh mapping and Post Office Directories (1784-5; 1865; 1905-6) however the technologies demonstrated will be scalable to the full collection of digitised materials which include 400 directories and associated maps covering the whole of Scotland. </li></ul><ul><li>Project Deliverables </li></ul><ul><li>(I) The Web 2.0 enabled AddressingHistory tool which will contribute to crowd sourcing through the georeferencing of historical addresses. </li></ul><ul><li>(ii) Increased community awareness and engagement with the digitised maps and Post Office directories at the core of this project. </li></ul><ul><li>(ii) An API onto the crowd-sourced data. </li></ul><ul><li>(iv) A sustainable exit strategy for the data created by users for AddressingHistory. </li></ul><ul><li>(v) Final report </li></ul>API Call example
  10. 10. Update on Projects – WalkingThroughTime2 [] <ul><li>JISC funded phase 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Free iPhone 'Festival App' </li></ul><ul><li>Gauging level of interest </li></ul><ul><li>In conjucntion with Landmark </li></ul><ul><li>Currently in app store 'review' stage </li></ul>
  11. 11. Update on Projects - Connecting Historical Authorities with Links, Contexts and Entities ( CHALICE) [] <ul><li>Funded under JISC Call 02/10 </li></ul><ul><li>Aim - create an historic placename gazetteer for the UK, publish it as Linked Data and link it to other widely-used sources of placename reference information on the semantic web – starting with, as that is linked to many other sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Will use Named Entity Recognition techniques to extract placename and timescale reference information from texts, using digitised text from the English Place Name Survey. </li></ul><ul><li>Deliverables: </li></ul><ul><li>(I) A gazetteer with dense historic coverage (in theory back to the Domesday era) for all recorded placenames and variants within a few key areas, extracted from volumes of the English Place Name Survey. </li></ul><ul><li>(ii) A Linked Data version of this gazetteer </li></ul><ul><li>(iii) A simple web interface to annotate and correct the gazetteer data and semi-automatically created links to other entities on the semantic web </li></ul><ul><li>(iv) A short series of case studies demonstrating use of the gazetteer and its potential application to other, similar archives and services </li></ul><ul><li>(v) Search Integration with Unlock Places service </li></ul>T he parts in the black bubbles and lines show the data structures contained in the EPNS that would be really useful to others - that would, in full, form a historic placename gazetteer for England. The parts connected to them, in the dotted bubbles, are the information that isn’t of much interest to us, or to end users, but could be really helpful in later exploitation of the EPNS scans - indexes, cross-reference to original scholarly sources. The green parts are the bits we’d add during CHALICE - semi-automatically making links to contemporary place references, which may have coordinates, shapes, etc, and links in turn to deeper information .
  12. 12. Update on Projects - Mobile Scoping Study [ ] <ul><li>JISC service enhancement work </li></ul><ul><li>Aim: to develop skills and competence in relevant mobile technologies and get a feeling for what skill sets and technology infrastructure would be necessary to achieve a sustainable mobile delivery platform </li></ul><ul><li>3 strands – technical evaluation; user engagement and pilot demonstrator </li></ul><ul><li>Summary report available that outlines above strands in detail and lists a series of recommendations. </li></ul> Screen shot of OS Mastermapon iPhone Safari browser . Elevation demo: drawing a line on a map using HTML5 Canvas. At each point on the line, the height is extracted from the base terrain layer (above) and plotted on the bar chart. Screenshots of Route-me evaluations with OS Open and Historic data shown. Feature opacity slider and location fix marker
  13. 13. Update on Other Activities - Scottish SDI [] <ul><li>Funded by SG; partnership with SG and BGS </li></ul><ul><li>Synergies with Go-Geo! And INSPIRE </li></ul><ul><li>tracking work </li></ul><ul><li>Developed Discovery Metadata Service </li></ul><ul><li>for SG </li></ul><ul><li>Just accepted as a UK LP Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Code transferene to OS </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing work to make GEMINI 2.1 compliant (subject to ratification of latter) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Update on Other Activities - ESDIN [ ] <ul><li>An eContent plus Best Practice Network project </li></ul><ul><li>Started September 2008. Ends March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated by EuroGeographics </li></ul><ul><li>Key goal: help member states, candidate countries and EFTA States prepare their data for INSPIRE </li></ul><ul><li>EDINA input into several areas but key focus on authentication </li></ul><ul><li>Progress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can use a production strength, standards based, widely used piece of open source software to share identity information and control access to OGC Web Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shibboleth used out the box (but required Enhanced Client or Proxy profile not currently part of mainstream IdP Shibboleth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not much effort to install </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single Sign On </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No changes required to OGC Web Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But changes do need to be made to the desktop client </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show the kind of thing a SSO federation that allows NMCAs to securely grant access to each others harmonised data enables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include a demonstration of universities securely accessing ESDIN data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on outputs, an ESDIN Best Practice document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make the client software we have created openly available (based on OpenJUMP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider what SAML assertions necessary to make these kinds of pan-European authorisation decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider cross-federation interoperability issues </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Update on Other Activities - OpenStream [] <ul><li>A suite of Web Map Services built on the OS OpenData </li></ul><ul><li>Available to on registration for a developer key (free) </li></ul><ul><li>Launch imminent!! </li></ul>