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First Test Version Of SDI-T GeoPortal Launched At WFP

Our associates over at the Logistics Cluster's GIS Unit just sent us the following news item regarding their newly released Spatial Data Infrastructure for Transport (SDI-T) Geoportal. We thought important enough that we decided to share with you. In order to provide you with a little background information we thought we should include the following:

The World Food Programme (as the Global lead of the Logistic Cluster) is mandated to act as custodian of logistics and transport data standards on behalf of the humanitarian community. The Spatial Data Infrastructure for Transport (SDI-T) is part of the corporate World Food Programme Spatial Data Infrastructure (WFP-SDI) a geospatial database project aimed at providing the humanitarian community with standardized spatial data framework for all themes related to logistics and transport.

Without further ado here is the full brief (Please note that the GeoPortal is in test phase and currently not available for public use.):

The GIS Unit of the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell in Rome, will now be hosting, administrating and developing the SDI-T GeoPortal. The system is based on a prototype developed by a student, Peter Singler, at University of Bonn during his master thesis, together with the Global Logistics Cluster.

Based on the latest open source web technologies, the SDI-T GeoPortal is a web mapping platform providing SDI-T related tools, including GIS functionality, for Logistics Cluster participants in the field. As it is a web based platform worldwide access can be provided through the internet.

Tools categories:

  • visualization of the SDI-T database
  • easy and direct editing of SDI-T database attributes
  • routing functionality for different vehicle types (trial only on Africa)
  • definition of avoid areas (disaster or security related)
  • easy map export of interesting areas

 THE BENEFIT OF SDI-T GEOPORTAL All GIS field staff are now able to update the database directly and easily. The new data will be available for all logisticians immediately. This improves the workflow of collecting, updating and sharing, the latest relevant data. The routing functionality supports different types of vehicles and recognizes various road related attributes. This turned out to be a good tool to be a part of the planning and coordinating process of auxiliary feeding systems. The whole system is built on OpenSource software packages, which can be extended individually and does not have licence costs.


Special thanks to Christophe Bois, Peter Singler, the GIS team and Logistics Cluster for the story!