OSCAR-js is Open Source from CARIS
Users of the CARIS commercially off-the-shelf (COTS) web products (CARIS Spatial Fusion® Viewer, and CARIS Spatial Fusion® Server) liked the functionality in those web applications, but also had needs to integrate similar functionality within other projects and web sites. This need is what spurred the open source release of the project.
Since this was a project that started within a business environment, the selection of libraries used within the project were carefully chosen to be free of licensing restrictions. These selective choices paved the way for OSCAR-js to also use an extremely business friendly open source software license, Apache 2.0. Essentially this allows organizations the freedom to do whatever they need with the code and still protect their business interests.
With an interest in more involved use cases, the API will primarily leverage OGC Web Services (OWS) to provide solutions that can span various organizations and their choice of service solutions.
OSCAR-js will initially focus on standards-based find-and-download business work flows, specifically using Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Coverage Service (WCS) and Catalogue Service for the Web (CSW) as a service interface.
The plan is to expand, targeting other business processes on top of OWS, such as processing interfaces and work flow integration.
The current release is 12.0.5 with 13.0 planned for the second quarter of 2013. 13.1 is planned for the second half of 2013. The 2014 releases will have a richer OWS integration with metadata search capability.
With OSCAR-js licensed under Apache 2.0, this project’s source has been made available on the popular GitHub social development platform. (github.com/caris/OSCAR-js) This platform allows easy contribution to the project by forking it and issuing pull requests to full-time project developers. Also, questions are quickly answered via the project’s mailing lists.
This project aims to draw in organizations with similar needs and collaborate with them to create high-level standards-based solutions that work for everyone. (oscar.caris.com)