CentropeMAP and CentropeSTATISTICS – Cross-Border Geodata Infrastructure with User-Defined Thematic Maps

REAL CORP 2010 Proceedings/Tagungsband, Vienna, 18-20 May 2010

Clemens Beyer, Walter Pozarek, Manfred Schrenk

“Growing together – together we grow. This is the head note of Centrope, the dynamic cross-border region between the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria. Cross-border access to standardised spatial data sets is essential for a common development of this region in the near future. CentropeMAP provides an interface for geodata stored in four different countries since 2003 when the project was initiated on behalf of the Eastern Austrian Planning Association PGO, a co-operation of the three Austrian federal provinces Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna with a base map of the region created with GIS software. For the first two years data exchange happened only offline, exchanging GIS layers on CD-ROM.

“The CentropeMAP server was set up in the year 2005 and hosts a map server as well as geodata and a map viewing client. Since this time there has been free web access to all CentropeMAP-related datasets. The user receives maps showing data from servers all over the region together in the same view. Recently the extension CentropeSTATISTICS was added, featuring statistic data for the whole region for download and map view. Also the statistical data comes from local authorities and is merged to a single table for the whole region. These tables can be queried, exported, aggregated, and even visualised at the CentropeMAP portal. Twice a year representatives from all partner regions meet to discuss the further development of CentropeMAP and CentropeSTATISTICS. The CentropeMAP applications and files are hosted on a Linux server. All geodata and viewing applications for CentropeMAP and CentropeSTATISTICS use open source software.”

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