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    The growing need for openness and interoperability between traditional geographic information system (GIS) applications and mainstream operational information technology (IT) systems, as well as integration with public or private web mapping services, calls for seamless data access in native formats and platforms. Without it, users face the inefficiency and inaccuracies of having to translate various data sources into the format supported by their GIS application to provide a collective “single view” of the data.

    In recent years this problem has become even more challenging. Today’s GIS users have access to geospatial data in a variety of relational databases and file formats and via an increasing number of web-based map services.



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