ICH Metadata Web Portal Goes Live (5-3-2004)

The Integrated Coastal Hydrography (ICH) project has created a web based portal which allows users to search for information (in the form of metadata – data about data) on existing and planned coastal surveys. Users can browse the metadata for a number of different data types, e.g. Bathymetric and topographic surveys. The user can also undertake text and graphical searches of the metadata. The mapping interface will have standard GIS tools and some defined and bespoke searches of the underlying database. Once the required metadata of interest has been identified, the results of the search can be added to an... (read more)
2004-03-05 12:00:00

HELCOM Map and Data Service Renewed

The HELCOM Map and Data Service, which has been serving as one of the largest hubs of spatial data for the Baltic Sea marine environment since 2010, has been completely redesigned and rebuilt. The new system consists of two components, which are seamlessly interlinked: the HELCOM Map and Data Service and the HELCOM Metadata Catalogue. The HELCOM Map and Data Service consist of a map viewer user interface for visualising datasets related to the Baltic Sea, each dataset linked to a metadata record in the new HELCOM Metadata catalogue. The HELCOM Metadata catalogue is a searchable catalogue containing a description... (read more)
2017-06-30 09:14:15

Improved Chart Production and Data Management

Esri, USA, has released a solution to support users in port management, maritime transport, coastal management, offshore energy, nautical chart production, and maritime defence. ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting and ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry are part of the ArcGIS system and enable users to create, manage, and share maritime-related data and metadata. Together, these solutions provide a comprehensive geospatial platform for nautical chart production and bathymetric data management. Timothy Kearns, Maritime Programme Manager, says that in conjunction with Esri partner Quality Positioning Systems (QPS), this solution provides the market with the only end-to-end capability from collecting sensor data to publishing it... (read more)
2012-07-11 03:09:26

Team OceanWise Expands

OceanWise, UK, has appointed James Rapaport as Senior Information Systems developer. The company also welcomes Will Girard, who joining our Customer Service Team as a Business Administration apprentice and their second GEBCO sponsored intern, Azmi Rosedee from the University of New Hampshire, USA. Azmi will be updating the digital bathymetric database before returning to Malaysia as the new data manager in the Hydrographic Office of the Malaysian Navy. OceanWise’s first apprentice, George Wright, has commenced his BSc degree course in Digital Technology Solutions at the University of Winchester. George will continue to work on technical projects at OceanWise whilst attending... (read more)
2016-10-13 10:34:29

A New Quality Management System

Registering and rating metadata at Rijkwaterstaat
A great deal of metadata is registered during hydrographic survey. This data (information on survey conditions, online and offline filter settings and calibrations) is essential for assessment of the quality of the hydrographic dataset and to trace its history later in the process. The Dutch Directorate of Public Works and Water Management Rijkswaterstaat has developed a Quality Management System (QMS) to register metadata. The QMS will allow a user to correctly rate the acquired dataset. The following scenario might sound familiar to people working with hydrographic datasets: comparing two collected datasets, a data processor calculates volume difference between them. He... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry 10.3 Adds Features

Esri, headquartered in the USA, has released ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry 10.3, adding features such as the support for point feature classes. Some of the added options are: Custom spatial reference: Users can specify which spatial reference they want to work in when creating their BIS. Skipping steps: Through the Manage BIS Settings Dialog, users can now disable certain steps of the Add Bathymetry Process to speed up their day-to-day work.  This is particularly useful for users with a large amount of datasets registered in their BIS. New Add Bathymetry dialog: The Add Bathymetry Dialog window has had a major... (read more)
2015-01-27 12:37:04

Collating European Marine Data

The European Commission has concluded service contracts for creating pilot components of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). The overall objective is to create pilots to migrate fragmented and inaccessible marine data into interoperable, continuous and publicly available data streams for complete maritime basins. The EMODnet project is also aiming at compiling a complete overview of multi-beam and single-beam surveys for Europe's maritime basins as managed by public and private sources.   These references will be included in the metadata discovery service. So far the inventory covers more than 7,000 surveys from public authorities, hydrographic services and research... (read more)
2011-06-27 01:57:46

OGC Seeks Public Comment on MetOcean Profile and Extensions to WCS 2.1

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is seeking public comment on the MetOcean profile and extensions to WCS 2.1. Public comment on these documents was also held in 2018, but the documents have been renamed and the schemas updated, so a second round of comment is sought. The Meteorological and Oceanography (MetOcean) community works with massive datacubes of content organized in 4D space and time. Extracting valuable information from these datasets requires efficient query and delivery of the content perfectly suited to the user’s needs. The MetOcean community relies upon the OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) to search and deliver such... (read more)
2019-02-18 10:25:02

The New IHO S-102 Standard

Charting a New Frontier for Bathymetry
Soundings and contours are the only official way data producers can push bathymetric information to the wide hydrographic community. The introduction of the S-102 standard for bathymetry will enable many possibilities within the community of bathymetry users. Liaising with the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) TSMAD working group, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) and the US Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) led the development and practical testing of this revolutionary standard, officially called the Bathymetric Surface Product Specification S 102. In partnership with IIC Technologies, GeoNet Technologies, and CARIS, CHS created one of the first prototypes of S 102 datasets, using the... (read more)
2012-05-02 04:49:07

HydroSpatial 2 International Marine Base Map

SeaZone’s HydroSpatial 2 Base is available ‘off the shelf’ for 40% of the world ocean. HydroSpatial 2 Base is the foundation layer in the HydroSpatial 2 family. It is a marine reference map incorporating large-scale, authoritatively sourced, marine geographic datasets. The content is processed to form a continuous vector layer dataset, with a structured and defined feature and attribute model. HydroSpatial 2 Base is a consistent and seamless marine base map that is applicable to an offshore renewables project in the Americas, an energy project in Africa or Marine Spatial Planning in Europe.  It meets the requirements for a globally... (read more)
2012-06-14 09:50:34
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