Wednesday, May 18, 2011

MrSID files on Smallworld - another approach

While Smallworld SOMs provide a plugin for reading LizardTech's MrSID format files, I wanted to let you all know of another approach. LizardTech has a product called Express Server that lets you take one or more MrSID (or JPEG2000 or ESRI Image Server data) files and place them on a server and then serve them up as a single layer for a WMS-compliant layer. The nice thing about this is that the Express Server does all the georeferencing/tile-stitching for you. So you no longer need to configure a MrSID SOM with things like multiple path names, coordinate system, etc. You can use the GE WMS SOM to simply connect to the Express Server layers and you get all the imagery stitched together. Very cool!

And if you want to try something other than the GE WMS SOM, you could give the Web Maps Connector a try. Have a look at the demo below to see an example of how seamlessly MrSID data is integrated with Smallworld using Express Server.

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