Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions is setting the pace for open data exchange with a “no boundaries” approach to data sharing on the Web. Accessible today, the new Intergraph OGC WMS Viewer (www.wmsviewer.com) demonstrates an entirely new level of interoperability with Web sites around the world that are using the Web Map Server (WMS) interface standards defined by the Open GIS Consortium (OGC).
“We’re removing the boundaries of traditional GIS by using the Web to bring about unprecedented collaboration and communication between organizations and users,” said Preetha Pulusani, president of Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions and a member of the OGC board of directors. “The elegance of the WMS Viewer is in its interface. We have taken a cumbersome and technical XML code process and improved it with an intuitive and interactive interface. Now, even occasional users of GIS can easily view and query geospatial data on the Web. We’re pleased to contribute this interface for access by the entire geospatial community and we will continue to improve it as the WMS interface standards advance.”
Communicating geographically on the Web
Intergraph’s OGC WMS Viewer acts as a thin client, simplifying the communication process when a user is accessing OGC-compliant WMS servers. The WMS Viewer screen is divided into a map section, a layer contents section, a title section, and a pop-up interface section. Using the intuitive interface, visitors can access pull-down menus to connect to and display data from one or more servers, including WMS sites built with GeoMedia(r) WebMap.
Producing a map is easy. Visitors can select layers they want to view and the format for map output. They can also overlay maps containing disparate data from one or more sites and get an attribute report about all the map features. Using the legend, WMS servers or layers can easily be turned on or off. Additionally, the interface provides easy-to-use tools for changing the extent and scale of the map window with various zoom, recenter, and pan commands for quick viewing of an area of interest.