AGIV is the Geographical Information Agency for the Flanders region of Belgium. Together with its partners, AGIV develops the Flanders Geographical Data Infrastructure, by creating solutions that can be integrated for an efficient use of geographical information by governmental bodies, companies and the public.
Appointed under law by the Flemish Government as the technical coordinator and executive body of the Flanders Spatial Data Infrastructure, AGIV is responsible for delivering on the legal requirements of INSPIRE for the Flanders region.
Rather that creating separate solutions for each of their functional requirements, AGIV chose to create an over-arching application architecture to front-end their business and legal requirements. Through this framework, focussed apps have been created to deal with specific topics and workflows, ranging from classic INSPIRE requirements such as catalog searches, through apps for managing and informing about road works to apps for finding school and childcare facilities. Custom server-side processes have been developed by AGIV to address specific business requirements, which are then fronted by map.apps, a flexible, modular app framework architecture, meaning AGIV can build and deploy platform-independent apps at will to address the needs of their partners and customers.
The portal focuses extensive data and services and brings them to a broad and diverse audience via a suite of applications. Citizens looking for a suitable map or a GIS coordinator or engineer wishing to perform an environmental study can all do so via a single entry point. The geo-portal enables use of geographical information accessible by public authorities, citizens, organizations and businesses, and meets the requirements of the European INSPIRE directive. Socially relevant geographic data and services are brought together in a smart and user-friendly manner and all components (metadata catalog, download application, e-commerce application, data and network services) are directly offered and seamlessly integrated.
The use of map.apps means that AGIV has implemented an enterprise system as a collection of single, focused, smart, easy-to-use and appealing apps, organized under a central operating platform that is easy to manage and can expand to meet future needs with ease.