Extends existing, scalable options to the work-group and smaller organisation.    Press Release, Stevenage, 14 Jun 2005

Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has announced a new, easy-to-use and free solution for managing OS MasterMap data: the Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Database.

A Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Database is a relational database encapsulated in a single “ODB” file, that can handle anything from a single OS MasterMap chunk right up to national coverage. ODB files provide an extension to the Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Manager and are designed to appeal to users who want to use OS MasterMap data without having to invest in database server technology and management resources. The Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Manager performs initial loads of OS MasterMap data directly from the OS supplied data without translation, and also manages change-only updates. ODB files offer the same high level of data integrity as the other existing relational database options by storing all of the data in one place.

Once loaded into an ODB file, the OS MasterMap data is accessible from the entire Cadcorp SIS software suite, including Cadcorp GeognoSIS.NET, which is certified compliant for both Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Service (WMS) and OGC Web Feature Service (WFS). Therefore OS MasterMap can be served to any GIS that implements OGC WMS and WFS as clients, maximising interoperability and data sharing between and within organisations.

With this additional database option, users of the Cadcorp SIS software suite are able to select from a scaleable range of databases for managing OS MasterMap data, to suit their own particular requirements and work environment. Delivered with Cadcorp SIS Map Modeller at no extra cost, Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Manager supports Microsoft Access 2000 MDB files, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (including the free “SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine”), PostGIS and Oracle 9i and 10g relational databases. For less demanding applications, Cadcorp SIS also provides the ability, as standard, to read and display native OS MasterMap data, on-the-fly, as ‘flat files’. ODB files extend these options to the small and medium-sized enterprise or local authority that don’t want to invest immediately in a database server or be constrained by the 2 Gb file size limits associated with Microsoft Access 2000.

“By extending our scalable family of data management options in this way, we are enabling users of OS MasterMap, irrespective of the scale of their GIS implementation, to cost effectively import, manage and to make available OS MasterMap data within desk-top, Web and mobile GIS environments and to ease the integration of OS MasterMap into existing back office systems,” said Mike O’Neil, managing director, Cadcorp. “Managing ODB files is as easy as managing any other kind of file, which also makes them ideal for the mobile user because all that needs to be transferred is a single ODB file", he added.

“Ordnance Survey is receiving an increasing number of requests from organisations wishing to increase the accessibility of OS MasterMap data to provide improved services and achieve cost savings through efficiency gains,” said Philip Lines, Head of Partner Alliance Programme, Ordnance Survey. “Cadcorp’s new solution for OS MasterMap will help organisations achieve efficiency gains as a result of increased productivity and lower capital expenditure through a shared spatial data infrastructure, irrespective of the organisation’s size,” he added.

Cadcorp is currently running live demonstrations of its solutions for OS MasterMap management for interested organisations. Details can be obtained by sending an e-mail to: marketing@cadcorp.com

About Cadcorp

Established in 1991, Cadcorp is a leading developer of digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software. With offices in the UK, USA and Australia, Cadcorp's distribution and VAR network stretches worldwide. The company also plays a pivotal technical role in the Open Geospatial Consortium. Inc ® (OGC). The Cadcorp SIS - Spatial Information System - product range is fully integrated digital mapping and GIS software that uses OGC® certified compliant interfaces. Cadcorp technical director Martin Daly is an OGC Gardels Medal holder for his contribution to the OGC. Cadcorp is an ISO9001:2000 certified company, an Ordnance Survey Licenced Partner and holds a UK government S-CAT agreement for category 15, GIS Software. Cadcorp SIS applications exist in local government, central government, emergency services, insurance, oil & natural gas, mapping and surveying, commerce, utilities and many other markets.


Editors: For further information contact: Richard Rollins, Tel: 01438 747996, e-mail: richard.rollins@cadcorp.com or Neil McLeod, Tel: 01666 504293, e-mail: neilmcleod@btopenworld.com