- Client Piedmont Regional Cultural and Landscape Department
- Project Web catalogue of Unesco Heritage Sites in Piedmont
- Key Solution no
- Category Cultural Heritage, Italy
The objective of the project was to create an initial territorial information system for the Piedmont Regional Cultural and Landscape Department (DRBCPP), as the basis on which to integrate all territorial applications or applications where geographical information is a key element.
The project philosophy involved the design and production of a fully open-source application, to lower costs and follow the directives of the Ministry for Innovation & Technology (e-government).
The application was designed to be easily expanded and re-usable for management of other catalogues of Unesco-protected assets, or in applications with a significant cartographical component. The application also implements all the indications concerning usability and mapping specifications: Stanca law, W3C, OGC, IntesaGis.
The project adopted a cascade methodology, with sequential macro-phases in which specific activities were identified to achieve the planned objectives.
The macro-phases for the development of the project were:
- analysis of the initial situation and of requirements, through targeted meetings with stakeholders, interviews and questionnaires;
- design and sharing of the system components through use cases, interface mock-ups, etc.;
- implementation of the system components;
- installation, deploy testing, approval and start-up of the web sharing platform in the production environment.
the UNESCO Web Catalogue, developed with open-source technology, consists of two main integrated elements: the Assets Catalogue and the Web GIS where sites are localised and analysed.
The application enables integrated management of graphical and alphanumeric catalogues, providing a graphical data navigation interface (webGIS) and an alphanumeric data navigation interface (Web Catalogue).
It also prints personalised reports, provides user and document management, and is very easy to use.
The solution developed by GeneGIS GI is based fully on open-source technology, without licence costs, and can be easily replicated The DRBCPP was assisted by the Genegis GI team’s excellent knowledge of the technologies implemented by the solution (PostgreSQL, Mapserver, Jump/QGIS).