Publishing GIS data intelligence on the web with Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

Dany Bouchard, President DBx GEOMATICS INC.


In the exiting world of geographic information systems (GIS), desktop mapping has taken a critical role for managing and using spatial information for business. The introduction of this technology allowed companies to integrate spatial data and analysis in areas where location-derived information was simply not present. With a user friendly interface, desktop GIS users can develop applications of great value for business decisions by the click of a mouse. When merged with SVG publishing capabilities, this creates a new generation of fully compatible, standard-based high quality cartographic solutions.

MapInfo Professional can be svg-enabled using SVGMapMaker, a product that leverages the graphics quality of SVG to create simple and effective web mapping applications right from this GIS environment. When working with their existing data, customers can create interactive SVG maps and share them across the enterprise or on the Internet.

This part of the presentation will describe for the participant the following technical implementations from the desktop to SVG:

1) Canadian Geographic - Canadian Agency for International Development (CIDA) SVG World Map

2) Using SVG maps for Real Property Management


MapXtreme for Windows® is a powerful Internet mapping server for Windows® for the broad deployment of mapping applications. DBx GEOMATICS has developed svgX to enable live scalable vector graphics (svg) outputs and create a much more interactive experience. svgX is a full component with methods and properties to successfully generate svg-based vector mapping from GIS data in real-time. This allows building interactive and intelligent web-mapping applications that use svg to deliver high-quality XML maps on the client. svgX can be used to make impressive on-line cartographic animations or provide on-line map layer editing.

Several options are also available as part of the software to take advantage of SVG's advanced graphic capabilities such as filter effects, color gradients, opacity control, hyperlinking, infotips, info tool, animations etc. This dynamic product combination has the ability to publish extremely large mapping datasets, based on existing customer GIS data or enterprise databases. With this structure, it is feasible to quickly get an svg mapping application up and running with maps from the country to the street level.

During this session, we will show the impact that new technologies like svgX can have on the development of web mapping applications and demonstrate real examples of rich SVG server applications.


As a suite of innovative software, DBx GEOMATICS svg product line integrated with GIS components can be used to develop sophisticated SVG mapping applications. On the desktop, customers can greatly benefit from the advanced features of SVGMapMaker to quickly use mapping content in SVG from any enterprise data repository.

As a dynamic server-side duo, MapXtreme and SVG enable the development of advanced on-line web mapping applications that can feature animations and dynamic data editing.

Overall, the sophisticated graphic rendering and interactivity of SVG allow for a new generation of XML mapping that share high quality and a very rich set of cartographic styles. This non-proprietary, opened text-based technology leverages the power of shared geo-spatial data and applications.