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January 8th, 2008
Government of Canada Selects Compusult’s Geospatial Portal Software

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PR – Recognized internationally for its advanced geospatial portal solutions, Compusult Limited of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $2M contract to develop next-generation web portals and related software engineering services for GeoConnections, a national program led by Natural Resources (NRCan). GeoConnections is a national partnership program led by NRCan that works with decision-makers and technology developers to increase the use and sharing of location-based (or “geospatial”) information and technologies online, via the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (www.cgdi.ca). “The CGDI currently provides decision makers with access to online Web mapping and other information and technologies, enabling them to better monitor, understand and tackle some of Canada’s most pressing challenges,” said Minister Hearn. “This contract will bring further enhancements to data access for Canadians and will enable this Newfoundland and Labrador company to expand its geomatics expertise and centre of operations.”

Under this multi-year contract, using Compusult’s Web Enterprise Suite software, Compusult will build two next-generation web portals for GeoConnections: the GeoConnections Discovery Portal and the GeoGratis portal. This work represents a major advance for the CGDI, providing users with more efficient ways of discovering, sharing and accessing geospatial information to support decision making.

When complete, the next-generation GeoConnections Discovery Portal will offer powerful new capabilities and a straightforward interface, making the search for geospatial resources easier. This advanced, standards-based, Web application will provide a personalized user experience, supporting communities of interest and content aggregation (spatial and non-spatial) from different distributed Web resources. The portals capabilities, based on Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and International Standards Organization (ISO) standards, will also allow for easier sharing and distribution of geospatial information and services between organizations. The GeoGratis portal will be gateway to Canada’s largest repository of free, location-based data. Together, these portals provide access to millions of data products and services online.

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