Example projects: Military and meteo data, geoinformation aggregation and process consulting

In the „projects“ series we occasionally highlight some of our projects. Today, these projects encompass a geodata portal for the Swiss Army, a metadata portal for meteorologists, a cloud-based aggregation infrastructure for geoinformation and a process support for a biodiversity research team.

Geographic information portal for the Swiss Army

The Swiss Army was looking to standardise its use of geodata. EBP was commissioned to help the Army develop a geographic information portal.

The so-called „Mil User Platform“ is to be realised on the basis of the Swiss Federal Office of Topography’s (swisstopo) „Federal Administration User Platform“.

EBP supported the Military Geographic Information Service of the Armed Forces Joint Staff in the conception, initiation and installation phases of the Mil User Platform project. We manage the relevant business analyses and also model the requirements to be met by the GeoInfo Portal V in SPARX Enterprise Architect.

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OSCAR: Metadata for meteorology – convenient global access

© MeteoSchweiz

To manage metadata, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is setting up what is known as the Observing Systems Capability And Review tool (OSCAR). This tool promises to facilitate the proper use of meteorological measurement data, provide a global overview of the available weather stations; and help facilitate the task the WMO member states have of administering these stations.

Working closely with the WMO, MeteoSwiss is developing and operating the OSCAR surface module. EBP helps MeteoSwiss realise the project using the HERMES-5 methodology.

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KKGEO: Operation of the cloud-based aggregation infrastructure

The Office of the Conference of Cantonal Geoinformation Service Providers (KKGEO) has established an aggregation infrastructure for the Switzerland-wide publication of harmonised cantonal spatial data: geodienste.ch.

Working in the capacity of a project manager, EBP has designed and realised the scalable operation of the portal. The software components used for the system are based on open-source technologies and were developed by Sourcepole AG.

Working in close cooperation with the cloud-service provider CloudSigma, we set up the infrastructure for the application’s operation in a Switzerland-based computing centre. Thanks to the use of dynamic scaling, our solution can react flexibly to load and request volume fluctuations.

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Process consulting and implementation of the ALL-EMA database

In the context of its ALL-EMA long-term study, the Swiss research institute Agroscope is gaining a better understanding of biodiversity in Switzerland by gathering field data on flora and habitat types. Before launching the first season of fieldwork, Agroscope wanted to improve its ALL-EMA data system.

EBP supported Agroscope in migrating its ALL-EMA project infrastructure to a comprehensive system with a central repository and efficient processes for data management and analysis.

The scope of the development included tools for importing field data, sampling design and exporting derived data in relevant exchange formats. The ALL-EMA architecture, data sources, workflows, responsibilities and IT security measures were recorded in a system manual and data documentations.

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Ralph Straumann

Ralph Straumann

Ralph Straumann (Dr. sc. nat.) hat an der Universität Zürich Geographie mit Vertiefung in GIS, Wirtschaftsgeographie und Politologie studiert.

Seit 2010 arbeitet er im Tätigkeitsfeld Systemberatung + Analytik von EBP Informatik als Senior Consultant.

Er berät Kunden bei strategischen Fragen, zu Geschäftsprozessen und Organisation sowie bezüglich Quellen, Modellierung, Workflows und Analyse mit verschiedenartigen Daten im Schnittbereich zwischen IT/GIS und Anwendungsfeldern wie Verkehr und Raumplanung.

Mail: ralph.straumann@ebp.ch

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