With Talend the Pays des Vals de Saintonge contributes to open source geomatic technologies
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By: Talend Press
The Charente Maritime region comprises 9 counties including the Vals de Saintonge. In 2002, the General Council decided to assist its municipalities in implementing geographic information systems (GIS) to capture, manage, analyse and display all types of geospatial information. The aim was, first, to provide a land registry of all administrative and municipal officials via the Internet and, secondly, to enhance the data by adding business-specific information dealing primarily with systems in the public domain-sanitation, water, electricity, trucking routes, social infrastructures, etc.
“The plan is to disseminate geospatial management skills throughout all the municipalities, not only for transparency, but also to ensure geospatial planning consistency,”
The Department relied on Charente Maritime's IT organisation (SI 17) to take the first step, which involved digitising the land registry. “Founded 25 years ago, SI 17 is tasked to democratise the use of computers in small and medium-sized municipalities that have limited means compared to larger cities such La Rochelle, Saintes, or Rochefor,” explains Emmanuel Jobin, GIS Manager of SI 17. “The land registry didn't exist in digital form and represented 80% of the project. The digitalisation has since been decentralised and the cost assumed by the municipalities. Today 85% of the municipalities have been scanned and all-some 472 municipalities-
Different levels of use
The project was meant to meet different usage needs and, eventually, to provide information via the Internet in a simple and secure way. Technical services and project managers would be able to create and modify the data and GIS administrators responsible for training and support would be able to collect and shape it.
A public search was launched for GIS tools to use with the registry data. With each municipality free to choose its own solution, the PVS selected Camptocamp, a European leader in open source geomatics. “The eligibility criteria required that candidates use open source technologies under GPL license, and Camptocamp met those specifications,”
Costs savings & evolution; security & ergonomics
Today the entire geomatic chain relies on open source technologies-
According Francis Forgeard-Grignon, one of the main benefits of Camptocamp's solution is its scalability. “If we decide tomorrow to create 100 GIS integration jobs, the costs would be well below what we'd have to pay with a proprietary solution because we don't have to buy software licenses. And, since the system is Internet-based, it's quick and easy to use and we don't need to send out update CDs, which can be expensive and hard to manage. We are completely in control of how our system evolves.”
About the Pays des Vals de Saintonge
Situated in the countryside of Charente-Maritime in western France, the Pays des Vals de Saintonge is close to both the Atlantic Ocean and a concentrated urban network (Saintes, Cognac, Rochefort, La Rochelle, Niort); it is easily accessible via A10 highway, the Paris-Bordeaux road. Its principal city, Saint Jean d'Angély-whose historical origins in the Royal Abbey (built in the 9th Century to house a relic of St. John the Baptist and classified World Heritage by UNESCO)-today combines a vibrant economy with sustainable practices. There are a number of ongoing building projects in the Vals de Saintonge, among them the development of Arcady, which will be dedicated to eco construction (under the EFFINERGIE label); the creation of a motorcycle construction hub in Fontenet; as well as a golf course and a Senior Village in Ville-aux-Moines.
The Vals de Saintonge oversees the development of 7 municipalities comprising 117 towns. Population has grown since the 90s with 53 000 inhabitants evenly distributed across the county. The mission of the Syndicate-founded in 1975-is to define a sustainable development strategy for the municipalities (Scot, GIS, etc); and to implement economic policies (workshops for business start-ups), housing policies, tourism, heritage, culture, and new technologies (WiMax experiment).
Camptocamp is an active editor and integrator of open source software specializing in geographic information systems (spatial database, data catalog, mapping engine, 3D, Location Based Services, desktop SGIS), in information systems such as ERP (TinyERP), ETL (Talend), Business Intelligence (Jasper), Enterprise Service Bus (ESB Petals) and in Linux infrastructure. Camptocamp offers a complete software service package including research and development (certified R&D institution by the French Ministry of Research), consulting, customized projects development, training (certified training institution)