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Marine Institute: Irish Spatial Data Exchange and Geographic Information System

Web Services Solution

Irish Spatial Data Exchange and Geographic information System

Photograph of a research vessel
The Marine Institute wanted to create an Irish Spatial Data Exchange and Query Service for marine-related metadata.

"A number of organisations in Ireland are actively carrying out marine research and storing their data in disparate databases. The Marine Institute approached us to pull these databases together without having to build a big data warehouse” comments John Walker, Technical Architect, Fujitsu.

Fujitsu implemented a simplified version of the Reach Public Service Broker protocols (ReachLite). This ‘lite' implementation of protocols circumvented the more complex requirements for a complete hub-and-spoke Reach implementation. The solution included:
  • Web Browser (Requester) – The user of the service via the host application server
  • Web Server (Application Host) – The Enabler that manages the web services and accepts HTTP requests and augments and routes the message appropriately
  • ReachLite (Fulfiller) – The provider of the service functionality based on a partial implementation of the Reach Public Service Broker interface standards.

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