A WebGIS platform for land use data dissemination combines the knowledge of complex GIS systems
with the standards and best practices of information technology to design and implement an end-toend system that deliver land use data services, tools and applications on the Web. This article aims to
describe the preparation of a WebGIS server-based query system for the development of a WebGIS
platform-based land use data dissemination system.
WebGIS platform-based query system preparation
Within the activities to develop the WebGIS server, is necessary to develop a query system for
instantaneous search and analysis purposes. Moreover, it is important to enable this query by drawing
the area of interest in the Web interface mapping user and to enable this search according to an
administrative boundary hierarchy for the user. Finally, a query and display sub classes are required
to be enabled for the user.
a) Key Inputs/Data
i. Developed Web interface for data dissemination system hosted in server.
ii. Integrate maps, data and reports, such as present land use maps, soil maps, land capability
maps, land use zoning maps, parcel superimpose maps, geodatabase and infographics.
iii. Toolbar window in Web interface.
iv. Data and records mask.
i. Drawing area of interest on the mapping Web interface.
ii. Administrative boundary hierarchy.
iii. Main class and subclasses of data.
ERDAS APOLLO server requires to be configured for spatial, temporal and logical space query. Web
Coverage Service (WCS) supports ‘intact’ delivery of rich and intelligent raster data sources, in
formats such as GeoTIFF and DTED, and is usable in client-side rendering. Coverage Portrayal
Service (CPS) renders graphical pictures from coverage data. The CPS will connect WebGIS
application and the WCS. Once the user has built a GetMap request and a Styled Layer Descriptor
(SLD) document, it sends them to the CPS. The CPS will analyze the request and the SLD and send
a GetCoverage request to the underlying WCS. The WCS will return a coverage that the CPS will
render by applying portrayal directives (image size, format, reprojection, classification, and so forth)
found in the request and in the SLD document. It is necessary to configure the Web Map Service
(WMS) to allow the user to query the server and obtain information about the data.
In the querying for defined parameters it is crucial to develop and integrate the Catalogue Web
interface with WMS, WCS and CPS. Query parameters can be keywords, intersect, bounding box
(spatial search by box defined in the OpenSearchGeo specification), orderby, start (start page index).
Avanced querying can be performed in the Web interface for more than one parameter.
Querying by Keyword searches in the catalogue and tries to match the given keywords against the
name, title, or tags of the catalog items. Orders query function organizes result as per assigned
property. The maximum results need to be set by user for displaying maximum number of results per
ii. Configuring Queryables in ERDAS APOLLO
It is essential to configure queryables.xml to recognize queryable elements from custom metadata in
the catalogue. Similarly, apollo.aspx layout of ERDAS APOLLO geospatial portal needs to be
configured for search parameters and values for catalogue search.
It is crucial to design OpenSearch Geo extension to define sets of spatial filtering parameters to
describe Web interface search engines.
iv. Integration in the WebGIS portal
The WebGIS platform-based query system needs to be integrated with the GUI of WebGIS server.
i. ERDAS Apollo Advantage.
ERDAS APOLLO Advantage is a comprehensive data management and delivery solution that
provides organization, securely management, and dissemination for data within databases.
ii. Graphical user interface (GUI) for WebGIS.
The GUI allows users to interact with electronic devices through graphical icons and audio indicator
such as primary notation.
iii. Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMSs).
A RDBMS is a digital database that stores data using rows and columns and is based on the
relational model of data. The values within the database are related and making possible to run
queries throughout tables.
iv. Computer Networking with internet connection.
To install and run the software, the WebGIS platform needs hardware components to be present on
WebGIS server-based query system.
This article provides the process description of a WebGIS based land use data system.
If you want to learn more about the development of a WebGIS-based land use system, we invite you
to read our previous article
and our upcoming article
its process workflow.
The “Umwelt und Informationstechnologie Zentrum” UIZ has many years of experience in the
development of WebGIS software. For more information or other services, please contact us.