Refering to the GSDI 11 World Conference I’ve had several questions about the SDI-readiness of AutoCAD Map.
An important part in the concept of SDI (= Spatial Data Infrastructure ) is the Catalog Service, the source where you look for available geospatial data for your project. Comparable with the catalog in the library – in which corridor, on which book-shelf is the book about that particular topic.
One of the first activities when starting an SDI is to put metadata information into the Catalog Service. Metadata (= information about the data ) tells something about availability, quality, data-format, if it’s free of charge, on which server it resides, who is the administrator etc.etc. A Catalog Service is not a data service, but it refers to the source of the data.
AutoCAD Map has functionality to maintain metadata conform ISO19139. There is however no fuctionality ( yet ) to publish this into the Catalog Service, query the service and collect the data ( Publish – Find – Bind ).
Some time ago I’ve developped a prototype ( see screenshot below ) With this CSWclient application in AutoCAD Map, I could upload ISO metadata XML-files to a deegree opensource Catalog Service. Next I could query based on projectinfo and parse the response from the Catalog Service – an XML-message – to connect to the files.