This blog post can be seen as a sequel to a former blog post on the introduction on geospatial data sharing and spatial data infrastructures (SDI), where I explained the basics of OGC standards and web services. Quite some research organisations and governmental agencies already employ OGC standards to make data available online, often even free of charge for the public.
Last week finally the customised data backend integration is pretty much aligned with the basic SOS operations and we can see what's in the database (GetCapabilities) and actually get data out of it (GetObservation).
This blog post is dedicated to provide a general overview over the field of geospatial and environmental data sharing. The term geospatial is actually tautologous: The prefix "geo" implies geography, which always relates things to each other based on their location, where nearer things are stronger related than things further away from each other (Tobler’s 1st law of geography).
The first week before the break I spent some efforts to integrate my software development project into NIWA’s software development process and environment. So it is ensured that once I have finished the eResearch project, the software can be maintained by NIWA staff afterwards.
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) operates a network of weather and climate and other measurement stations, equipped with different sensors, observing a wide range of environmental properties – from temperature over rainfall to wind speed and directions.