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International Platform for the Data Harmonisation Community

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The HUMBOLDT Framework

The HUMBOLDT Framework is concerned with the most important part within the HUMBOLDT project – to enable organisations to document and harmonise their spatial information, supporting the implementation of a European Spatial Data Infrastructure (ESDI) that integrates the diversity of spatial data available for a multitude of organisations.

The HUMBOLDT Framework has three tiers: The HUMBOLDT Tools contain applications that can be used by geodata experts to specify conceptual schemas and to define the transformation between them. The HUMBOLDT Services define both cross-cutting service components that allow the collaborative usage across organisations, countries and domains. The final tier of the HUMBOLDT Framework is formed by individual transformation services, each of which can address a specific harmonisation problem.

Grafic Humboldt Tools

One of the major goals of the framework is to be minimally invasive, i.e. not to replace existing systems but rather support and amend them with specific capabilities needed in the data harmonisation process. Therefore the functionalities of the HUMBOLDT Framework are well-isolated from the interfaces by which they are accessed, resulting in components that can be adopted easily for different deployments and process synchronisation styles.

All components of the HUMBOLDT Framework have been published under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 3 (LGPL v3). They are available for free download at the HUMBOLDT Community Website. The framework includes the following tools and services:

Detailed documentation for all these services and applications, such as full specifications, are available under the same license as the software itself. Furthermore, a forum, wiki and bugtracker are provided for your information and feedback on the community website.