Lombardy, a land to be tasted, realized by R3 GIS with Open Source technology for Expo 2015.
From early May the multimedia webapplication “Lombardy, a land to be tasted”, which collects the huge amount of current and historical data from ERSAF, the regional Office for services to agricolture and forests in Lombardy, can be accessed on the internet.
The application, made by R3 GIS (www.r3-gis.com), invites you to travel in this massive amount of data through pictures, movies, thematic maps and itineraries of taste, jumping from one topic to another using the links that connect the different topics. The webportal (www.territoriovirtuale.regione.lombardia.it) is accessible in 5 different languages and, for the entire period of EXPO2015, via multimedia kiosks located in some strategic points of Milan.
The editorial team put together by R3 GIS and coordinated by prof. Franco Guzzetti of the Department of Science and Technology of the Built Environment at the Politecnico di Milano has developed the concept of the application, dividing the material in four main areas: the Products, the Territory, the stories and the itineraries.
The Products part collects the excellence of food and wine from Lombardy with simple fact-sheets s accompanied by delicious recipes or curiosities. The Stories tell you through video interviews the daily life of the protagonists of the agricultural life of Lombardy. In this section, you can find the description of a typical day for a cheese producer, a farmer or a grower, the strengths and weaknesses of a life spent on the pastures and of production methods of various famous DOP products of Lombardy. In the itinerary section, you are invited to discover various corners of the region, each with its own culture and its typical products. The main part of the application is held by the territory section. Here you can explore different thematic maps of Lombardy, also in 3D, revealing how land use has changed from 1955 to today and where the typical crops of Lombard agriculture are located. Much of the data are even new and of great historical and scientific interest.
Historical orthophotos of 1955, 1999 and 2012 and, where available, of 1975, have been used as a base layer. The entire application has been designed to be usable by a non-expert audience, while maintaining at the same time the scientific rigor of the data and the accuracy of statistical representation.
The main peculiarity of the application however is the working method used for its creation. It is based on a database and an interface for data entry. The products, stories, itineraries and maps are individual items within the database and are connected to each other via tags. This allows a continuous update of the data and the inclusion of additional items, which will automatically position itself in the user interface and connect to other contents using keywords. The structure of this application can then also be used for creating similar products in other European regions.
Fig. 1: The entry page of the application
Fig. 2: a 3D-view of the territory