Introducing MapX, a spatial data infrastructure for the management of natural resources
Following you email let me introduce the MapX initiative.
MapX -- a partnership between UN Environment, the World Bank and GRID-Geneva— is a spatial data infrastructure that aims to support the
sustainable use of natural resources by improving access
to geospatial information and related monitoring technologies.
MapX is based on an online application that provides authoritative spatial data at various geographical scales (local,
national and global). MapX has a data integrity framework using a
scorecard to assess the reliability, technical accessibility, openness and sustainability of geospatial data. Originally set up for stakeholders involved in the
extractives sector, the MapX initiative has recently expanded to other fields where spatial
data can help inform stakeholder dialogue, prioritisation of investments and
impact monitoring such as disaster risk reduction, chemicals management,
biodiversity planning, renewable energy and environmental security.
MapX is open source and offers tools such as data catalogue, support of OGC standards, data visualisation, data upload, styling and publication, spatial overlap analysis, data download, time slider, story map viewer and editor, dashboards and private sandbox to allow users share geospatial data in a secure space. Bridges between MapX with Kobo, QGIS and GeoServer are under development.
TheUNBiodiversityLab is a partnership between UN Environment and UNDP. It includes an online platform (www.unbiodiversitylab.org, powered by MapX) intended for countries who need to include geospatial features in their report to the CBD. The UNBiodiversityLab is an example of integration of MapX into external applications (for the moment through iFrames and later through the use of the API) in order for users to navigate through geospatial layers from a custom application rather than directly from an SDI like MapX.
It is good to see many projects in various UN agencies moving to open source and OSGeo . For example, FAO http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/srv/en/main.home
It will be very helpful if those working in any UN projects using open source. OSGeo tools , please send details to the OSGeo UN committee mailling list at <a href="https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/unÂ ">https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/un
I have interest in global forest protection and biodiversity work . Last week, I came across UNBiodiversity lab <a href="https://www.unbiodiversitylab.orgÂ Â Â which">https://www.unbiodiversitylab.org which is interesting work . Looking through it, I came across MapX and wanted to learn more. Thanks to Barend Köbben , I got some basic info that it is OS using many OSGeo tools .
With lot of activities happening, it is very difficult to keep track of all developments. I would like to request all project teams working in OSGeo tools in UN projects to please share with OSGeo UN committee mailling list. Please share overview of the project with website links, overview of the tools, links to public repository of the project etc as it will be very helpful for the wider community to learn more ideas for the future. Many thanks..