User Friendly Open Source WPS

Session Type: 
Tech Session
Bastian Schaeffer, 52North

Spatial Data Infrastructures have evolved from concepts to reality in the last decade. However, they are still focused on data retrieval and visualization. To proceed in the direction of a true Spatial Information Infrastructure, it is evident to take the processing of geodata into account.

The OGC Web Processing Service Interface (WPS) is the most promising standard to address geoprocessing in a standardized manner.

Several free and open-source WPS implementations exist. However, a common requirement to use most of them is a deep technical knowledge in terms programming or at least low-level configuration in various technical files and format (command lines, undocumented configuration options, compilation, python scripting, xml, yaml, make files, ant files, maven files etc, etc.). User friendly configurations or even out-of-the box usage of a wide variety of Geoprocessing functionality is not supported yet in most cases.

This presentation shows the new features of the 52°North WPS:

  • WPS Installation via an Installer
  • RESTful Bindings
  • Visual selection and configuration of WPS processes from a large set of available processes coming from the FOSS GIS packages GRASS, SEXTANTE, ArcGIS Server, Python and R.
  • Execution of Processes via OpenLayers
  • Direct Storage of results in a WMS/WFS/WCS
Speaker Bio: 

Bastian Schaeffer is the 52North Geoprossing Community lead. He is interesed in open standards, interoperability, web services, geoprocessing, cloud computing, scientific workflows and security concepts.

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