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I have a problem that I am sure many GIS Teams or Departments have which is how to find, keep track of and manage multiple different datasets from multiple sources. I have read the responses from a similar question asked two years ago

Best practices for managing geospatial data

I was wondering if there are any other software solutions, I know about VoyagerGIS, which looks good, but it is linked with ESRI and wondered if there was a similar Open Source version.

To give you an overview of the current situation:

  1. Terabytes of Imagery which changes every 6 weeks, I would like to keep historic
  2. 1 Terabyte of MapInfo TABs
  3. ESRI Shapefiles again changes every 6 weeks
  4. 100s Gbs of CSV, GeoJSON, KML, SQLite, Excel spreadsheets, JPEGs, TIF files (some georeferenced, some with world files), these come in from multiple different sources.

I guess my perfect solution would be a GUI interface to allow me to update metadata, search based on filename or even attribute, a visual image (like seen in VoyagerGIS), it show metadata, a list of attributes. However, I would like to keep the original format of the data rather than loading it all into PostGIS.

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Have you looked at the meta data plug in for QGIS? Can you comment on that? – Willy Oct 3 '12 at 10:50
Probably not covering all of your needs, but perhaps a look at a CSW tool like may help solve part of the issue? – BradHards Oct 3 '12 at 11:27
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What about QGIS Browser?

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QGIS trunk now comes with a separate tool called “QGIS Browser”. It enables the user to browse through all spatial data files on the system as well as all WMS configured in QGIS. Both files and WMS layers are listed in a tree widget on the left side while metadata, attributes and a preview can be seen on the right.

Though I'm not so sure about your search requirement.

You can couple this with the Metatools plugin.

Metatools provides convenient interface for creating, editing and viewing metadata. There is batch mode for processing large amount of data, templates support to simplify some editing operations, also there is a possibility to extract some information (such as extent, bands number, data type…) automatically and option for preview generation.

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Hi All Thanks for the replies, I get the feeling it is not a one stop solution. I think I will look in QGIS Browser first and compare against VoyagerGIS. – tjmgis Oct 5 '12 at 8:38

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