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Development of a Web Based GIS Application for Spatial Natural Resources Information System Using Effective Open Source Software and Standards

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Author(s): Puyam S. Singh | Dibyajyoti Chutia | Singuluri Sudhakar

Journal: Journal of Geographic Information System
ISSN 2151-1950

Volume: 04;
Issue: 03;
Start page: 261;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: GIS | Mapserver | ORDBMS | CWC2 | HTML

ABSTRACT
There is growing needs for web based GIS for easy and fast dissemination, sharing, displaying and processing of spatial information which in turns helping in decision making for various natural resources based applications. In order to make a cost effective implementation, operation and maintenance of spatial information over the web, a cheaper yet feature rich alternative to commercial software is required which can be fulfilled by Open Source GIS software. This paper conveys an efficient approach to customize and integrate an open source web GIS system based on Mapserver as a web GIS server and PostgreSQL/PostGIS as an object oriented relational database management system (ORDBMS) for effective dissemination, sharing and management of spatial information over the internet. An open source web application tool built on top of MapScript using the PHP programming language has been used as for development of interactive user interface. The configurable Web Mapping Client Components (CWC2) tags have been added to HTML template pages in order to deploy the mapping contents to a web application. It is observed that the present system developed using open source software enables user to view, update, customized retrieval, query and analysis of natural resources information for specific needs.
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