XML Encoding and Web Services for Spatial OLAP Data Cube Exchange: an SOA Approach

Dubé, Etienne; Badard, Thierry; Bédard, Yvan
December 2009
Journal of Computing & Information Technology;Dec2009, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p347
Academic Journal
XML and Web Services technologies have revolutionized the way data are exchanged on the Internet. Meanwhile, Spatial OLAP (SOLAP) tools have emerged to bridge the gap between the Business Intelligence and Geographic Information Systems domains. While Web Services specifications such as XML for Analysis enable the use of OLAP tools in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) environments, no solution addresses the exchange of complete SOLAP data cubes (comprising both spatial and descriptive data and metadata) in an interoperable fashion. This paper proposes a new XML grammar for the exchange of SOLAP data cubes, containing both spatial and descriptive data and metadata. It enables the delivery of the cube schema, dimension members (including the geometry of spatial members) and fact data. The use of this XML format is then demonstrated in the context of a Web Service. Such services can be deployed in various situations, not limited to traditional client-server platforms, but also ubiquitous mobile computing environments.


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