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L-09: Using the GeoNetwork open source Spatial Data Catalog

GeoNetwork opensource is a standards based and decentralized spatial information management environment, designed to enable access to geo-referenced databases, cartographic products and related metadata from a variety of sources, enhancing the spatial information exchange and sharing between organizations and their audience, using the power of the Internet. This approach of geographic information management provides a wide community of spatial information users with easy and timely access to available spatial data and to existing thematic maps that support informed decision-making.

GeoNetwork opensource is released as a standards based Free Open Source Software, implementing OGC and ISO TC211 standards. This means that users are able to use, modify and redistribute system source code software without significant restrictions, thus benefiting communities and organizations in countries with limited financial resources and often inadequate internet access.

Recent work has resulted in GeoNetwork opensource version 2.1. The version provides native support for the metadata standard ISO19115/19139. It also serves as the OGC-CSW 2.0 open source reference implementation.

Efforts are underway to work on effective integration of GeoNetwork opensource with other OSGEO software.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to familiarize themselves with the technology and the requirements for implementation.

The GeoNetwork opensource software is maintained at http://sourceforge.net/projects/geonetwork.

The main goal of the GeoNetwork opensource software is to improve the accessibility of a wide variety of data, together with the associated information, at different scale and from multidisciplinary sources, organized and documented in a standard and consistent way.

GeoNetwork opensource has initially been developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the UN World Food Program, The UN Environment Programme and is rapidly expanding its project community beyond the UN system.

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François Prunayre (IT engineer, ENITAB) specializes in GIS, web technologies and databases. He joined the International Office for Water (IOW) in 2003 and was previously in charge of the development of GIS applications and a trainer on GIS and databases design. With IOW, he has taken an active role in the Environmental Data Exchange Network for Inland water (EDENIW) project. He is now in charge of the GIS data dissemination process using web services for the French water information system. In 2004, he started working on GeoNetwork and has been promoting the use of international standards and free and open source software for geographic data and information ever since. In 2006, he was been added as a developer to the GeoNetwork project.