Pioneering Easy-to-Use Forestry Data with Forest Explorer

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Guillermo Vega Gorgojo
José M. Giménez-García
Cristóbal Ordóñez
Felipe Bravo

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Christoph Schlieder

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Tool/System Report
Forest Explorer is a web tool that can be used to easily browse the contents of the Cross-Forest dataset, a resource containing the forestry inventory and land cover map from Spain. The tool can run in any device with a modern browser without requiring any further installation. The user interface completely hides the complexity of RDF, OWL or SPARQL from the user. An interactive map is provided, allowing users to navigate to the area of interest and presenting forestry data with different levels of detail according to the zoom level. Forest Explorer offers different filter controls and is localized to English and Spanish. All the data is retrieved from a SPARQL endpoint containing the latest versions of the Spanish forest inventory and land cover map. Forest Explorer uses a cache and smart geographic querying to limit data exchanges with the endpoint. A live version of the tool is freely available for everybody that wants to try it. Since December 2019, more than 1,800 users have employed Forest Explorer and it has appeared 12 times in the Spanish media. Future work includes the integration of new datasets from other countries and supporting advanced forest management capabilities.
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