Client: Geoscience Australia
Launching the Australian Marine Spatial Information System (AMSIS), the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Resources, the Hon Bob Baldwin MP said the new web-based mapping tool would assist in the understanding, management and exploration of Australia's marine world.
This innovative spatial mapping tool integrates Australia's marine interests and knowledge into one resource that is easily accessible. The program has a number of specialised features which you can use to map and explore Australia's marine environment without leaving your home or office," said Mr Baldwin.
AMSIS is an easy to use interactive management tool, encompassing Australia's marine environment, interests and uses. The online program delivers over 80 layers of interactive information which the user can choose from to create personalised maps either to answer specific questions or to gain a holistic understanding of Australia's marine attributes. Geoscience Australia and other Australian Government and private agencies contributed to AMSIS, creating a diverse and comprehensive resource tool. Through AMSIS, users can access a wealth of marine data including jurisdictional boundaries, petroleum leases, shipping tracks, known offshore minerals, Commonwealth fisheries, World heritage listed areas and offshore infrastructure.
The Australian Marine Spatial Information System (AMSIS) was developed for Geoscience Australia in partnership with Spatial Vision.
Spatial Vision developed AMSIS using the Internet Mapping Framework (IMF-OWS 1.3) from Moxi Media in Canada. IMF provides a J2EE framework to develop customised GIS applications based on Open GIS Standards. All the data used in the AMSIS application is drawn directly from Spatial Data Servers maintained by Geoscience Australia. The use of Open Standards including WMS and WFS enables data to be directly integrated into AMSIS from other government departments. In this way, integrated and up-to-date spatial data will be available to Marine Planners, Scientists and Offshore Managers directly from the data custodian. The open source University of Minnesota MapServer software has been used to deliver the WMS and WFS services which underpin AMSIS.
Spatial Vision developed a technical specification to enable the delivery of AMSIS including an assessment of technology options and performances. Based on the technical specification, Spatial Vision configured and customised IMF-OWS. Some of the customisations include the ability to drill down to a defined set of Legal Layers based on a point, box or feature selected from one of the AMSIS layers. Users can also determine the bearing of and the distance from an entered coordinate to a selected Marine Boundary such as, for example, the Limit of Territorial Sea.
- Application architecture design
- J2EE web application design, specification, development and implementation
- Spatial data design, management and symbology
- Design and development of web-based user interfaces
- Development of technical documentation
- Design and implementation of open standards and open source software
- Detail understanding of and experience with WMS and WFS services
Ben Johnson managed this project for Spatial Vision and undertook much of the development, implementation and documentation. Ian Miller undertook the initial technology assessment and solution design, including the open standards and open source software integration into Geoscience Australia’s infrastructure.
- Open source Mapserver WMS/WFS server software
- Moxi Media IMF-OWS Java web mapping framework
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