We are excited to unveil the latest result of our work pushing the boundaries of WebGIS – Boundless Exchange 1.0. This release contains a little of everything – feature enhancements, bug fixes, security updates and more!
There are many new and exciting updates in Exchange, but I want to highlight the areas that the team is most proud of.
Improving Geospatial Discovery
Enabling data to be discoverable is vital to providing the best answer to search. There are many ways to solve this problem, however, we recognized the need to provide access to metadata using OGC standards, while allowing for a fast search experience utilizing advanced search concepts typically found in search engines. As a we result, we have integrated a services registry based on the Harvard’s Hypermap open source project and extended it to support Elasticsearch and OGC Catalogue Service 3.0 (CS-W) with transaction support . The addition of this capability, allows users to harvest OGC webservices, ESRI endpoints, and other mapping data services, monitor the reliability metrics, and with support for temporal and spatial faceting, you can browse the metadata results to quickly find the geospatial data to meet your space and time criteria.
Identity management and authorization is a critical component of any enterprise content management system. Many of you have asked “can we wire up Exchange to our authentication management system?”. We are proud to say Yes!, we have you covered.
No more do your users have the hassle for remembering multiple usernames and passwords. Exchange now supports Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Oracle WebGate authentication. Do not see your authentication management protocol listed? Let us know! We are constantly adding more features to Exchange and want to enable you and your workforce with streamlined access to the Platform.
Basemaps, Basemaps, Basemaps!
We are thrilled to be working with our friends pushing the boundaries of modern and beautiful mapping! You can now bring powerful and beautiful Mapbox, CartoDB, Stamen, Thunderforest, and a variety of other OpenStreetMap basemaps to Exchange. Overlaying your data on these basemaps brings amazing context to your work. And stay tuned – we will be bringing many more new sources of content into Exchange (and the rest of the Boundless Platform) in the upcoming months!
High Availability Now Supported!
If you were wondering what the workhorse was providing Exchange’s versioning capability, look no further than GeoGig, the premiere open source distributed editing plugin for GeoServer. GeoGig is a Distributed Version Control System (DVCS) specially designed to support geospatial data workflows.
As part of our scalability improvements, Exchange now supports the GeoGig PostgreSQL storage datastore. GeoGig PostgreSQL is deemed the best choice for enterprise server deployments, since you can configure multiple GeoServer instances serving data from the same repositories, in a cluster-like deployment for highly available configurations.
Enhancing Spatial Analysis
To many in the geospatial profession, spatial analysis is the heart of GIS. We constantly strive to improve the spatial analysis capabilities within Exchange. For this release, we are proud to deliver multi-layer spatial filtering. So what does this provide, you might ask? You are now able to:
- Apply a spatial buffer to multiple layers
- Extract data as CSV for further analysis
So what does this mean in practice, you might ask? Assume you are working on a preparedness plan for an impending storm and need to quickly identify resources that would be impacted by the path. Using the layer that represents the storm path, you can quickly extract the features from other layers that intersect and general actionable data.
Customize Your Exchange!
So much can be said for having a web application that maintains your organization’s brand, look, and feel. But it should be easy to customize – no computer science degree required! Our efforts in this release have been focused on ways you can easily configure Exchange to change colors, logos, formats and style.
Your website should reflect you, how you want the world to see your maps. It may be your company’s brand or your own style that expresses your story, your passion. Let us know what you think!
The Exchange team is excited to bring you this latest release! We are passionate about Open Source and providing a platform that is powerful and easy-to-use. We believe that GIS in the hands of everyone will fundamentally change the world. We hope you agree! Come meet with us at events, conference, online, on social media or send us a note. We want to make you successful!