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Interactive GIS Web-Atlas for Twelve Pacific Islands Countries

by   Fabrice Lartigou, et al.

This article deals with the development of an interactive up-to-date Pacific Islands Web GIS Atlas. It focuses on the compilation of spatial data from the twelve member countries of the University of the South Pacific (Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Western Samoa). A previous bitmap web Atlas was created in 1996, and was a pilot activity investigating the potential for using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the South Pacific. The objective of the new atlas is to provide sets of spatial and attributive data and maps for use of educators, students, researchers, policy makers and other relevant user groups and the public. GIS is a highly flexible and dynamic technology that allows the construction and analysis of maps and data sets from a variety of sources and formats. Nowadays, GIS application has moved from local and client-server applications to a three-tier architecture: Client (Web Browser) – Application Web Map Server – Spatial Data Warehouses. The objective of this project is to produce an Atlas that will include interactive maps and data on an Application Web Map Server. Intergraph products such as GeoMedia Professional, Web Map and Web Publisher have been selected for the web atlas production and design. In an interactive environment, an atlas will be composed from a series of maps and data profiles, which will be based on legend entries, queries, hot spots and cartographic tools. Only the first stage of development of the atlas and related technological solutions are outlined in this article.


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