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POAT MiBAC – Ministry of Cultural Heritage

Network governance for heritage policies


General design of the project was finalised in order to reach a common definition as well as to develop agreements on regional scale in terms of worth and benefit for the cultural heritage.
The first step achieved an analytical study based on a catalog, rules and methods in order to define a landscape geographical context. Areas of interest for this application model had to be those constrained by regulations: coastal bands and mountains.

The previous step ended with the definition of certain thematic layer related to the identified areas.
We were engaged with the second step to meet the requirement of an effective WebGIS able to provide best practices useful to render thematic maps based on sustainable resources such as Open Source software. A further requisite was the need to merge these layers with the existing ones provided by an unknown GIS infrastructure of the relevant SITAP website. Then we discovered it was based on MapServer.

The last requirement was particularly unbalanced compared to the possibility to create an integration and to the wish to realize a new GIS platform compatible with OGC in terms of services offered.
The reasonable choice for us was to deploy the OpenGeo Suite in the Debian Linux box (virtualized) provided by MiBAC as described in our installation and configuration procedures here.

This approach basically covers the requirements in order to pick up layers from heterogeneous sources, however it allows more flexibility and interoperability with reference to new data stores to be added. Indeed, just a few clicks are required to come up with new stuff or remove those no longer suitable for future purposes. As a result, we just added three new GeoServer datastores:

  • Connections to institutional services distributing several national cartographic layers available through OGC OWS (i.e. PCN Portal, Civil Protection SDI, IGM Portal)
  • OGC WMS available from SITAP whose capabilities URL is
  • Shapefiles resulting from the previous analysis step

  • The selected layers were loaded as basic layers together with Bing imagery into GeoExplorer and exported to a WebGIS application embedded as iFrame into the CMS as follows at this link.

    Here below the final resulting mapping application:

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