Creating, processing, using and distributing spatial data is the core responsibility of environmental organisations. Since spatial data has a vital role in environmental operations and it’s extensively used both internally and externally, the spatial data infrastructure (SDI) that the data delivery is based on is extremely important. Without a reliable and standardised SDI, the core processes of the organisation are compromised, huge external benefits are lost and reaction to natural disasters is inefficient.
Spatineo Monitor gives LNE a good overview of the quality and usage of their distributed spatial data infrastructure.
"The possibility to activate a meter for any layer of special interest in the services and set error and warning thresholds has paid off from the beginning."
—Marleen Van Damme, the coordinator of DOV and MercatorNet, LNE
The Environment, Nature and Energy Department in Flanders (LNE) is responsible for the coordination and IT support for DOV and MercatorNet, two cooperations active in Flanders. Via those cooperations, different entities in Flanders are working together to build main spatial data nodes in the SDI in Flanders: for geological, geotechnical, hydrogeological and pedological data via DOV and for data of eg. nature, heritage, spatial planning, land use, environment and public works via MercatorNet. In both nodes, data is published fully automatically using an internally developed ETLP-tool called Mercurius (for DOV) or Ariadne (for MercatorNet). These tools make it possible for the partners to set up a data flow, that starts from their own working environments, to several Geoserver instances on the LNE servers. Due to the importance of the cooperations and the distributed systems, it is essential for LNE to get up-to-date information on the performance and usage of their services.
After testing the possibilities Spatineo Monitor offers during the free trial period, LNE was convinced of the added value the tool would bring for ensuring and improving the quality of their spatial web services. LNE decided to make a four-years contract of the use of Spatineo Monitor in April 2015.
According to Marleen Van Damme, the coordinator of DOV and MercatorNet, it was soon very clear that tracking the services with Spatineo Monitor is very useful – mainly as Spatineo is independent of their own infrastructure and therefore serves as an objective monitoring tool. This allows them to continuously evaluate their performance from different angles including INSPIRE. “The possibility to activate a meter for any layer of special interest in the services and setting error and warning thresholds, which allow you to receive messages even before a severe situation occurs, has paid off from the beginning”, continues Van Damme. According to her, LNE is looking forward to further enjoy these useful tools during the coming years.