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MapStore real world case study the hybrid infrastructure of the City of Genova - FOSS4G 2023

MapStore real world case study the hybrid infrastructure of the City of Genova - FOSS4G 2023

Born in 2016 thanks to the funding of the National Operational Program for Metropolitan Cities (PON METRO 2014-2020) the current Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) of the city of Genova is a hybrid infrastructure, where open source components and technologies are merged together with proprietary ones (such as the Oracle Database) in a well designed platform with respect of all national guidelines (promoted by AgID - Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale) and international standards.

To support the Geoportal initiative, the city of Genova has collaborated with GeoSolutions as a company closely involved in the most important Open Source projects worldwide in the geospatial field with the aim to provide the necessary support for all the SDI stack in terms of deployment, development but also the staff training to make it autonomous as much as possible in the maintenance of the overall system.

The city of Genova Geoportal as well as the wider Geospatial Infrastructure are both reachable online. A simple and at the same time robust WebGIS based on the Open Source MapStore software is provided with the inclusion of both advanced GSI functionalities and also most common geospatial tools like:
- Geospatial data search via OCG Web Services and Nominatim
- 2D and 3D visualization of geospatial data using a map agnostic engine supporting OpenLayers, Leaflet and Cesium for the 3D
-Editing and Styling of geospatial layers
- Download functions of geospatial data working on top of OGC services

The aim is to provide ready-to-use tools for all users (both citizens and employed analysts worked in the PA) by leveraging the maturity of the Open Source Software as well as the simplicity of integration with the pre-existing COTS software in order to maximize the reuse of the existing infrastructure and minimize the need for customizations and a possible use of commercial support even for educational purposes.

Many cross-cutting projects usually gravitate around the SDI in the Public Administration and its own Geoportal. To date, more than 300 geospatial layers are available in the Geoportal which allows them to be viewed and consulted within preconfigured MapStore maps, dashboards and geostories and/or used through geospatial services (such as WMS, WMTS, WFS, WCS and CSW) developed according to international standards (OGC - Open Geospatial Consortium) and exposed through GeoServer and GeoNetwork with also a fine grained security tier represented by GeoFence to manage authorizations on geospatial data.

Simone Giannecchini

November 28, 2023

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  1. MapStore real world case
    study: the hybrid infrastructure
    of the City of Genova
    Stefano Bovio

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  2. Geospatial data structure of the
    City of Genova

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  3. City of Genova SDI

    Developed thanks to a long collaboration that began in 2014

    Hybrid GIS infrastructure

    Mainly based on open source software

    Designed to offer services to citizens and technical staff

    Monitoring of data access statistics via Kibana and ELK stack

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  4. Infrastructure components

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  5. GeoServer: open source server, it manages and publishes
    data from any major spatial data source using open
    standards based on OGC specifications

    Installation developed with clusters of
    multiple instances in High Availability

    Management of concurrent requests via
    Control Flow

    Provides the geospatial services of the
    City of Genova (WMS, WFS, WCS,
    WMTS …)

    Different Raster and Vector files

    Different DBMS supported

    Styles management for published
    layers (SLD, CSS)
    Infrastructure components

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  6. GeoWebCache: web application, it offers an advanced server-side
    caching system for layer tiles

    Ensure better

    Supports WMS, WMTS,

    Proxy for WMS requests
    like GetFeatureInfo and

    Cache tuning on
    individual layers with
    Parameter Filters
    Infrastructure components

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  7. GeoFence: it manages permissions in GeoServer with granular
    control on individual published data

    Users / User groups

    IP address

    OGC service

    Layer / Workspace

    Spatial filters

    Attributes (read/write)
    ● User Interface included in
    MapStore client
    Auth probe
    Internal rule

    Infrastructure components

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  8. GeoNetwork: catalog application, it manages and publishes
    metadata and related resources according to OGC and ISO TC
    211 standards

    Powerful metadata editing and
    search functions

    Metadata validation

    Support for external metadata

    User and group management

    Provides a CSW service

    Reference for INSPIRE and
    RNDT geospatial metadata
    Infrastructure components

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  9. Infrastructure components

    MapStore: open source Web GIS modular framework, it allows
    users to create, manage and share maps, dashboards and
    geostories online

    Responsive layout

    Mapping engine agnostic
    (OpenLayers, Leaflet and
    Cesium supported)

    Leveraging React ecosystem

    Pluggable Look & Feel

    Consume data from many
    sources (OSM, Bing, WFS,
    CSW, WMTS, 3D Tiles)

    License is Simplified BSD

    Commercial friendly!

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  10. City of Genova Geoportal

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  11. City of Genova Geoportal

    Developed with MapStore framework:
    ● Based on an Open Source Project
    ● Many tools available out-of-the box
    ● Many use cases and scenarios supported
    ● Support for OGC standards
    ● Easy to setup and configure
    Tourism and
    management and civil
    Management of
    and hydrological
    data on the territory

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  12. City of Genova Geoportal

    Developed with MapStore framework:
    ● Easy to customize and extend
    ● Compatible with the most common
    browsers: FF, Edge, Chrome and
    ● Integration with external user
    authentication system ( LDAP, SPID )

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  13. MapStore Map Viewer: overview of the main tools available:
    table of content, search bar, plugins sidebar, map toolbar, map
    footer, widgets
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  14. Attribute Table: navigate the features of a vector layer with a tabular
    view and access advanced utilities (Filters, Data Exports, Charts,
    Editing of features and others).
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  15. Visual Style Editor: editing layer styles in MapStore is possible with a
    visual and textual user interface.
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  16. Layer Settings: to configure each layer in terms of general
    information, display mode, style and Identify
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  17. Catalog Tool: manage and browse content from external
    sources to add layers to the map. Source types supported are:
    WMS, WMTS, WFS, TMS, CSW and 3D Tiles
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  18. Measurements: perform your measurement in 2D/3D map viewer
    and export or convert them to be used with other tools
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  19. MapStore Dashboard: overview the main widgets available:
    chart, text, table, counter, map and legend
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  20. Dashboard Wizard: each widget type has a wizard that helps the
    user to build the widget content
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  21. City of Genova Geoportal
    Connections: it is possible to connect maps and tables
    to filter the content of other widgets

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  22. MapStore GeoStory: create inspiring and immersive stories by
    combining text, interactive maps and multimedia content (e.g.
    images, videos or other third-party content).
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  23. Build your story by adding different types of sections, one after
    another with an advanced web editor: Title/Cover, Paragraph,
    Immersive, GeoCarousel, Media (Map, Image, Video), Web
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  24. A toolbar at the top of the side panel provides additional story
    settings. The media editor gives you control over different media
    content! Images, videos and maps
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  25. The Application Context Manager is an administrative tool
    designed to create and set up different MapStore viewer
    configurations for the same installation
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  26. A multi-step wizard allows the administrator to set up a custom
    MapStore viewer
    City of Genova Geoportal

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  27. Tourism

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  28. Election

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  29. Historical buildings

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  30. Urban planning

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  31. Architectures

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  32. Residential architecture

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  33. Accessibility

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  34. MapStore Documentation
    Check out the updated developer and user guides for

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  35. Ongoing work
    We are actively working on interesting new
    features and improvements for existing tools to
    be available in next releases!
    The MapStore community is also growing a lot,
    Thank you all!

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  36. That’s all folks!
    [email protected]

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