COINAtlantic Search Utility
The COINAtlantic Search Utility (CSU) is a free online utility that allows users to access geospatial information (Web Map Services (WMS) and Keyhole Markup Language (KML)) that meets user’s search criteria, lists the results in the form of data layers, and displays chosen layers on an interactive map. Layers can be organized and added by the user to create informative maps quickly and easily.
The CSU displays relevant geospatial information layers to the user based on their search terms and an internet search. New users can be introduced to the tool without in-depth training or any specialization. Geographic information meeting the user’s search criteria can be brought to a user’s screen in a few easy-to-learn steps. Data layers can be turned on or off to suit the users desired criteria. The user can share their work by saving it as a map image (PNG, GeoTiff - suitable for use as an image in a GIS, or Geospatial PDF) or it can be uploaded to the CSU online map gallery. The user can also add web mapping service (WMS) map layers that they know about but are not found by the internet search.
What is a WMS/KML?
- A Web Map Service (WMS) is a standard protocol for serving (over the Internet) georeferenced map images which a map server generates using data from a GIS database.
- Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is a file format used to display geographic data in an internet mapping tool such as Google Earth, or our COINAtlantic tools.
How is the COINAtlantic Search Utility ‘Open Source’?
Figure 2: COINAtlantic Search Utility architecture. Only metadata pointing to external remote data is stored locally in a database. No local data is used in the application.
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"COINAtlantic - A Better Way to Implement a Geospatial Portal" in Directions Magazine.