Exploring Spatial Business Data: A ROA Based eCampus Application

James Carswell, Dublin Institute of Technology

Document Type Article

Web & Wireless GIS 2013; Springer-Verlag LNCS Volume 7820, pp.164-179; Banff, Canada; April 2013


In "Smart" environments development, providing users with search utilities for interacting efficiently with web and wireless devices is a key goal. At smaller scales, Google Maps and Google Earth with satellite and street views have helped users for querying general information at specific locations. However, at larger local scales, where detailed 3D geometries linked to business data are needed, there is a recognized lack of related information and functionality for in depth exploration of an area. Linking spatial data and business data helps to enrich the user experience by fulfilling more task specific user needs. This paper presents an eCampus Demonstrator for the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) based on a Resource Oriented Architecture (ROA), in which various RESTful web-services have been developed and deployed for querying both spatial data and associated business data. The benefits and drawbacks of the chosen technologies are also discussed. This work can be considered as a platform that can be applied to similar application domains such as exploring business parks, hospitals, museums, etc.