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21:21 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2015

High-precision open lidar data enable new possibilities for spatial analysis in the canton of Zurich/Switzerland

The department of geoinformation of the canton of Zurich/Switzerland has carried out a high-resolution laser scanning (LIDAR) last year over the entire canton of Zurich. The extensive data (8 pts / m2) have now been evaluated, and a digital surface (DSM) and terrain model (DTM) created (dot grid of 50 cm and horizonal and vertical accuracies of 20 cm, resp. 10 cm. This is the first time high-resolution elevation data is widely available for the entire canton of Zurich. In the past, lidar data have been collected only for small-scale projects. As a novelty, the department has decided to provide the lidar data and its derived products, i.e. DTM and DSM, as open data to the public. With this decision new standards are set not only in terms of accuracy and scope, but also in the usage as open government data. The lidar data can provide valuable support for example in the areas of infrastructure, urban planning, regional planning, natural hazard assessment, forestry, environment, energy, line survey, solar potential analysis, surveying, archeology, agriculture, water or noise. Due to the planned repetition cycle of four years even time series and monitoring projects are possible. Therefore it is not surprising, that since the opening as open data, many interesting applications using this data have been created. The presentation will show the high-resolution data and its possible usage for terrain-visualizations. A selection of the most appealing visualizations will be demonstrated, e.g. an Oculus Rift version enabling the user to navigate through virtual reality. It will further give an insight in the challenge of opening up the LIDAR?data for the public, i.e. setting up an open-data strategy in the cantonal administration of Zurich.
  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
22:46 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2015

Use case of a dual open strategy in the canton of Zurich/Switzerland

With a dual 'open'-strategy the department of geoinformation at the canton of Zurich/Switzerland opts for a strategic orientation towards open source and open data: Open in the sense of an open web-mapping- infrastructure based on open source components: Mapfish Appserver was developed as a framework for building web map applications using OGC standards and the Mapfish REST protocol. It is freely available under the new BSD-license ( The Ruby on Rails gem comes with the following out-of-the box features: - Organize maps by topics, categories, organisational units, keywords and more - Combine maps with background and overlay topics with adjustable opacity - Import UMN Mapserver mapfiles to publish new topics within seconds - Fully customizable legends and feature infos - Creation of complex custom searches - Rich digitizing and editing functionality - Role-based access control on topic, layer and attribute level - Access control for WMS and WFS - Rich library of ExtJS 4 based map components - Multiple customizable viewers from minimal mobile viewer to full featured portal - Multi-site support - Built-in administration backend - Self-organized user groups, the official geodata-viewer of the canton of Zurich, was developed using Mapfish Appserver. It contains more than 100 thematic maps and is considered an indispensable working tool for everyone working with spatial data in the canton of Z?rich/Switzerland. 'Open' in the sense of Open Government Data: Zurich is the first canton participating in the national open data portal The portal has the function of a central, national directory of open data from different backgrounds and themes. This makes it easier to find and use appropriate data for further projects. The department of geoinformatics aims to open as many geo-datasets as possible for the public by publishing them on the national OGD-portal. The open geodata is issued in form of web services ? Web Map Services (WMS), WebFeature Services (WFS) and Web Coverage Services (WCS) - and contains a wide range of geodata from the fields of nature conservation, forestry, engineering, infrastructure planning, statistics to high resolution LIDAR-data.
  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
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