ASEAN Mineral Resources Information System using FOSS and OGC-based standards

Author : Joel Bandibas, Koji Wakita & Tetsuji Ohno
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 9-12
Volume Number : 59
Year : 2013

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Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 59, November 2013, pp. 9 – 12

ASEAN Mineral Resources Information System using FOSS and OGC-based standards

Joel Bandibas*, Koji Wakita & Tetsuji Ohno

Geological Survey of Japan, AIST
Site 7, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8567, Japan
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Abstract: Highly accessible mineral resources information encourages investment and more sustainable utilization of mineral resources. The Geological Survey of Japan, AIST developed the web based ASEAN Mineral Resources Information System using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. The use of FOSS and OGC compliant standards aims to make the mineral resources information system cost efficient, interoperable and user friendly. The developed system is composed of 3 modules which are the Database, Web Services and the Web Portal. The Database module is mainly PostGIS, a PostGreSQL open source object-relational database management system software. It supports simple features defined by OGC and simple Sequential Query Language (SQL). The Database module is a distributed database system comprising the individual mineral resources database of each country in the ASEAN region. It also includes the database of the geological map of East Asia and some ASTER and ALOS satellite images of the Geological Survey of Japan. The Web Service module is composed of the Web Processing Service (WPS) and Web Map Service (WMS). WPS handles the database maintenance and queries, including the data upload and download. WMS provides remote access to the mineral resources databases. It generates map images to be displayed on the Web Portal module. The Web Portal Module provides the web based Graphic User Interface (GUI) of the developed information system. It could also display map images provided by the Web Services module. The portal is named the ASOMM WebGIS system. This project aims to make mineral resources information in the ASEAN region easily available for use by policy makers, investors and the general public.

Keywords: Mineral Resources Information System, database, ASEAN