GeoNetwork opensource

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GeoNetwork opensource
Developer(s) FAO-UN, WFP, UNEP and UNOCHA
Stable release
3.0.0 / April 29, 2015 (2015-04-29)
Written in Java
Operating system Linux, MS-Windows, Mac OS X, POSIX compliant systems
Platform Java, Apache Tomcat
Type Geographic information system
License GPL

The GeoNetwork opensource (GNOS[1]) project is a free and open source (FOSS) cataloging application for spatially referenced resources. It is a catalog of location-oriented information.


It is a standardized and decentralized spatial information management environment designed to enable access to geo-referenced databases, cartographic products and related metadata from a variety of sources, enhancing the spatial information exchange and sharing between organizations and their audience, using the capacities of the internet. Using the Z39.50 protocol it both accesses remote catalogs and makes its data available to other catalog services. As of 2007, OGC Web Catalog Service are being implemented.[2]

GeoNetwork interfaces

Maps, including those derived from satellite imagery, are effective communicational tools and play an important role in the work of decision makers (e.g., sustainable development planners and humanitarian and emergency managers) in need of quick, reliable and up-to-date user-friendly cartographic products as a basis for action and to better plan and monitor their activities; GIS experts in need of exchanging consistent and updated geographical data; and spatial analysts in need of multidisciplinary data to perform preliminary geographical analysis and make reliable forecasts.


The software has been deployed to various organizations, the first being FAO GeoNetwork and WFP VAM-SIE-GeoNetwork, both at their headquarters in Rome, Italy. Furthermore, the WHO, CGIAR, BRGM, ESA, FGDC and the Global Change Information and Research Centre (GCIRC) of China are working on GeoNetwork opensource implementations as their spatial information management capacity.

It is used for several risk information systems, in particular in the Gambia.

Several related tools are packaged with GeoNetwork, including GeoServer. GeoServer stores geographical data, while GeoNetwork catalogs collections of such data.

See also


  1. ^ Filetti, Mirko; Gnauck, Albrecht (2011). "A Concept of a Virtual Research Environment for Long-Term Ecological Projects with Free and Open Source Software". In Hrebicek, Jiri; Schimak, Gerald; Denzer, Ralf. Environmental Software Systems. Frameworks of eEnvironment: 9th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium, ISESS 2011, Brno, Czech Republic, June 27-29, 2011, Proceedings. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. 359. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 235. ISBN 9783642222849. Retrieved 2016-05-24. [...] the FOSS application 'GeoNetwork - Opensource' (GNOS) is aimed to be used as a central component for data management in a VRE.
  2. ^ "GeoNetwork opensource". GeoNetwork opensource. 2007-04-17. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2007-12-06.

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