The MDI-DE consists of a network of information technology components to operate the MDI-DE Geoportal as a central entry point for coastal and marine data. For this purpose, metadata from different sources are merged for a common search. Standardized Web services are used to make the data accessible on distributed web servers.
Using the interfaces specified by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) for visualization with the Web Map Service (WMS) and for download with the Web Feature Service (WFS) ensures data consistency from the source to the target systems.
Metadata is exchanged via the standardized Catalog Service Web (CSW) interface. The MDI-DE network relies on connected infrastructure nodes that provide information relevant to the subject portal.
In addition, data for MDI-DE’s own services is mirrored on a central server in order to optimize response times and provide harmonized services for the project partners.