Organizations nowadays are creating lots of data, and it is becoming more and more common to have an open data portal to provide access to these data. However, with few exceptions those data portals have poor functionality in regard of spatial data.
In our latest project developed together with WWF and Administration of Primorsky Krai we attempted to fix this situation and introduce an open data portal solution that works effectively with geodata. Our solution is built on top of CKAN and our server-side GIS NextGIS Web. All geodata are stored and managed in NextGIS Web and CKAN acts as a frontend and catalog.
You can try new portal in action here: http://opendata25.primorsky.ru/ckan
Our portal allows to publish data in the following formats (protocols):
- ESRI Shape
Main functionality of the portal:
- Preview spatial data on the map
- Preview attributes as a table
- Track dataset changes
- Track data changes
- Catalog spatial data by organizations and datasets
- Deliver ‘fresh’ data on demand
- Content search
- Charts and diagrams based on tables
As we’re using NextGIS Web to deal with spatial data, the portal users get more functionality that is missing otherwise:
- Open geoportal data right in GIS;
- Edit geodata in desktop and mobile GIS clients (given appropriate permissions);
- Create maps with multiple layers;
- Manage permissions to separate open data and data with limted access.
Portal is also using vector tiles for data distribution where data volumes are high. For example, forest management units layer consists of 22 thousand features occupying 116 Mb of space. Standard approaches would take considerable time to render and serve such layer as a whole. Vector tiles allow to deal with big datasets, speed up rendering and make working with the features more interactive. You can read more about our vector tiles implementation in this presentation.
The project was developed under support of WWF for Administration of Primosky Krai.