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ABSTRACT: For technical and other reasons there is a dilemma that data providers cannot find an appropriate way to redistribute spatial
forest data and data users who need spatial data cannot access and integrate available forest resources information. To overcome
this dilemma, this paper proposed a spatial forest information system based on Web service using an open source software approach.
With Web service based architecture, the system can enable interoperability, integrate Web services from other application
servers, reuse codes, and shorten the development time and cost. At the same time, it is possible to extend the local system
to a regional or national spatial forest information system. The growth of Open Source Software (OSS) provides an alternative
choice to proprietary software for operating systems, web servers, Web-based GIS applications and database management systems.
Using open source software to develop spatial forest information systems can greatly reduce the cost while providing high
performance and sharing spatial forest information. We chose open source software to build a prototype system for Xixia County,
Henan Province, China. By integrating OSS packages Deegree and UMN MapServer which are compliant to the OGC open specifications,
the prototype system enables users to access spatial forest information and travelling information of Xixia County which come
from two different data servers via a standard Web browser and promotes spatial forest information sharing.
Journal of Forestry Research 18(2):85-90.