Publishing Open Data using Open Standards

GeoCat - The Government Geographic Data Publishing Company introduces
GeoCat Bridge™ v1.1

Bennekom, 10 january 2012 - GeoCat Bridge™ is designed to publish
geospatial data and metadata on the Internet with a click of a button.
GeoCat Bridge is an Esri® ArcGIS® Desktop extension. Publishing is
done through Open Standards on a proven Free and Open Software (FOSS)
server platform. Numerous government agencies, universities and
privately held companies are satisfied users of Bridge version 1.0

Open Data - Open Standards!

Using a high performance server solution with unparalleled support for
OGC services

, data providers can deliver Open Data through Open Standards.
Publishing data through Open Standards is critical to make your work a
success. It allows consumers to make optimal use of your data.

Bridge has been optimized to work with the GeoServer map server and
the GeoNetwork opensource metadata catalog. This free and open source
server platform publishes your data in the most common data formats.
Your data can be combined with Open Street Map, Google Maps™, Bing® or
other base maps.

“GeoCat Bridge is the long awaited product that promises to fill the
gap between our open - and closed source hybrid geospatial frameworks”
according to Thijs van Menen from Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of
Infrastructure and the Enviroment, The Netherlands). “Specific
knowledge on how to make services is no longer needed. Finally we can
fulfill the needs of our staff by providing them with a tool to make
services by themselves in an easy way”

Comply with the INSPIRE Directive

GeoCat Bridge makes it extremely easy to comply with the European
INSPIRE directive. You can create INSPIRE View Services with related
metadata that complies to INSPIRE or is based upon an even more
specific country profile (check availability).

”The combination of ArcGIS Desktop and publishing data to an open
source server platform in accordance with INSPIRE regulations is
exactly what our customers need” said Sjaak Dieleman of Nieuwland
Geo-Informatie “It is one of the main reasons why we were asked to
build the INSPIRE services for all 25 Regional Water Authorities and
the Department of Cultural Heritage (RCE) in The Netherlands”

New in Version 1.1 - Exhaustive Symbology and PostGIS Support

With the introduction of Version 1.1 a lot of improvements were
implemented that contribute to an even better end-result and user
experience. An exhaustive list of complex symbols is supported
allowing a one-on-one conversion from Desktop to Web Map. Publishing
map legends, ArcGIS 10 support, GeoSticker support and ArcSDE layer
support have been added or further improved.

Another major step is the support for PostGIS. It is now possible to
upload data directly into a PostGIS database and configure map
services on GeoServer using that data store. This can dramatically
boost your map server performance.

“GeoCat Bridge is a key part of our Neftex Earth Model publishing
workflow, enabling us to easily replicate the geological symbols used
to style our ArcGIS produced content” said Alex Rushfort of Neftex
”Now we can deliver Web Map Services to our international oil industry
clients through GeoServer, retaining the familiar appearance of our
desktop GIS data products”

You can do it!

No advanced skills required! As a Bridge user you can fully enjoy all
of the relevant functionality GeoServer and GeoNetwork have to offer
without the need to be a web mapping or metadata expert. Map services
and metadata are automatically linked, complexity of map symbology is
no longer an issue, preview images are automatically generated and
much, much more.

“We are very excited to offer the GeoCat Bridge plugin to users of the
OpenGeo Suite” said Chris Holmes, OpenGeo President ” This will
greatly improve workflows for our users of Esri Desktop software, and
make it much simpler for everyone to put their maps onto the web"

Pricing & Availability - Try Now for Free

GeoCat Bridge is available worldwide for a retail price of €1200,-
for a single Standard license and €1500,- for the Premium version
(Prices Excluding VAT). More details, also regarding other types of
licenses and volume discounts, can be found on

During the month of January 2012 we offer you a one week FREE trial
license to give you the possibility to experience all functionality
first hand ( In addition to the
Bridge software GeoCat offers premium support contracts and services
on GeoNetwork and the OpenGeo Suite to get you up and running quickly.

About GeoCat bv

GeoCat bv, The Government Geographic Data Publishing Company, was
established in the Netherlands in 2007 and offers cutting-edge,
customized software and services that make publishing geospatial data
on the Internet easier and more efficient than ever. GeoCat offers
consultancy and support for GeoNetwork and has a direct partnership
with OpenGeo to deliver OpenGeo Suite Support and Services. GeoCat
provides consulting services and products that contribute to the
development of National Spatial Data Infrastructures for The
Netherlands, Swiss, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Scotland, ESA
and many others. GeoCat’s Jeroen Ticheler founded the GeoNetwork
opensource metadata catalog project.

Copyright © 2012 GeoCat bv. All rights reserved. GeoCat Bridge is a
trademark of GeoCat bv. Esri, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcSDE and GeoSticker
are trademark or registered trademarks of Esri in the United States,
the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Google Maps is
a trademark of Google Inc in the United States and/or other countries.
Bing is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United
States and/or other countries.

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 introduces Bridge©
An extension to ArcGIS© to instantly publish data and metadata on
GeoServer and GeoNetwork.
See for more details.

Harald Pouwel
GeoCat bv
Veenderweg 13
6721 WD Bennekom
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)6 29 06 65 15

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