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International Platform for the Data Harmonisation Community

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GeoServer App-Schema Integration: HALE 2.9.4 is out
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wetransform, lat/lon and geosparc receive INSPIRE Conference Excellence Award

Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research, Darmstadt, Germany

Fraunhofer IGD is the world's leading institute for applied research in Visual Computing. This image- and model-based information technology includes Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Virtual and Augmented Reality. The institute develops prototypes and complete solutions based on customer-specific requirements. Its research and development are directly applicable to current economic needs.

Spatial Information Management is one of the institute's major research topics. It focusses on:

  • Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and
  • 3D Spatial Information Systems

Fraunhofer IGD develops solution for the integration and harmonisation of spatial data and supports the users in the design and introduction of SDI-based solutions. It assists them with the technical implementation and communication between applications and IT experts, and provides unbiased advice with selecting GI tools based on the users' requirements profiles.

Fraunhofer IGD's work in the area of 3D spatial information systems builds on the CityServer3D technology, which integrates and updates spatial data and makes them available to the users via standard interfaces. Specific mechanisms allow the users to manage, store and analyse spatial data as well as to shape and visualize city and landscape models and provide services for quality assurance.

In the HUMBOLDT project Fraunhofer IGD acted as co-ordinator and one of the main partners in technological and scientific work. It was actively involved in the development of a sustainable model for project continuation, in particular in the establishment of the data harmonisation panel. Being a key player in the German and international geospatial community the institute builds a direct link to the stakeholders.