Cadcorp, the digital mapping and GIS software developer, has recently announced that the next version of its Cadcorp SIS – Spatial Information System – software suite, Version 6.2, will incorporate web searching facilities from Google. Developed using the Google Web APIs (application programming interface), the new functionality will enable Cadcorp SIS desktop users to access Google’s search facilities directly from within the Cadcorp SIS environment. This capability will enable users to use Google to quickly find services that implement OGC Web Service specifications.
Because Cadcorp SIS already has OGC Web Service client implementations built in, any services found by Google will be directly usable within the Cadcorp SIS environment, straight away. Cadcorp SIS users will therefore be able to quickly access and retrieve relevant OGC Web Services, thereby maximising interoperability and data sharing between and within organisations. Users of Cadcorp SIS will be able to search for OGC Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Coverage Service (WCS) servers, with an option to restrict the search using additional keywords. Advanced options will also be available to search for references to OGC Web Services within HTML or other files, such as PDF documents. In addition, users can provide their own Google Web API key to get their own dedicated requests per day. All of this functionality will be available at no extra cost to users of Cadcorp SIS. Established in 1991, Cadcorp is a developer of digital mapping and GIS software in U.K.