Saving the world one application at a time: FAO Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems Database
This blog post covers some work we have done to support information dissemination from the Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems Database (VME-DB).
The Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems Database gathers information on VME areas stored in harmonized way and disseminated through maps and fact sheets.
Every area shows the relevant info and can be downloaded as shapefile
The map can be viewed in different projections
|South Polar Projection|
VME areas can be searched by their specific attributes or by a full search.
All the searches are implemented with REST services.
Let us now summarise a few points about this project:
- background maps are served with GeoServer and GeoWebCache which are shared with all the others mapping applications in places withing the department.
- the appearance of OpenLayers has been heavily customized in order to follow the project’s design guidelins.
- most of the data is stored inside the corporate instance of Oracle Spatial, demonstrating perfect integration of Open Source with COTS
- extensive usage of CQL filters, SQL Parametric Views and REST services has been made to generate dynamic maps and retrieve non-geographic data.