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Knowledge Base (FAQ)

What is Vicmap API?

Vicmap API is a JavaScript API developed using the open source OpenLayers JavaScript Library. It enables the development of dynamic and customisable mapping applications, which use industry standards such as Web Mapping Service (WMS), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) and Web Feature Service (WFS), for geographic data access.

Vicmap API has been developed with enhanced security capabilities such that image and map server information is always unknown to the user. This is achieved by concealing spatial data access details in the Servlet that receives and responds to client requests.

How is this product different from other products on the market?

Vicmap API differentiates it self form the other web map applications in the key aspects of currency, accuracy, completnes and reliability. Vicmap API tiles are created from the latest available sources of Vicmap information that is maintained and updated on a weekly basis. Vicmap API is currently maintained on a quarterly cycle and will be maintained on a fortnightly basis by mid 2013. Google map data for example is maintained on an ad hoc basis usually from crowd sourced information making it very risky to be used by Government and ESO's (Emergency Service Organisations).

What significant need does Vicmap API address?

Firstly Vicmap API addresses the need to minimise risk within government agencies who may be using the commercially available mapping API's. Wrong features and wrong location information used by key decision makers and emergency services personnel will impact on human life at those critical times. For example, If a new subdivision or house is missing on the map base in a location in front of a moving fire front, it may not be accounted for in the planning of fighting the wild fire and disaster will follow. Ambulances need the correct address to arrive at the correct address and treat a heart attack victim in a timely manner. At the other end of the scale decision makers need correct, accurate and timely information to simply make the right decision based on correct information.

What imagery will be included in the Vicmap API and how often is it updated?

Vicmap API imagery utilises the latest State-wide coverage of Landcover 2009-11 photography mosaic cut at 50cm pixel and available down to 1:2500 scale on the API.
Once new photography is flown it is used to update the API imagery content. In addition the Melbourne Metropolitan area is covered by the latest 10cm imagery. This is updated when new coverage is available, generally on a six monthly basis. Further to the high resolution Melbourne imagery, a number of major rural towns are covered by the API, namely: LaTrobe cities Bendigo, and Wangaratta. More rural towns will be added in the future.
Vicmap API Imagery Metadata is available here - Hyperlink

Who are the users of the Vicmap API?

A variety of  users utilise Vicmap API, they are; State Government departments and subsidiary organisations, Emergency Services organisations, Local Government, and the private sector.

Why should people get involved?

If you want to utilise the latest, correct, accurate and authoritative map information for your business, Vicmap API is the one. Vicmap is being updated and improved on a daily basis and you can rest assured that you will be using the best mapping data stack available.

How should people get involved?

Contact the Vicmap API product manager on support.vicmapapi@dse.vic.gov.au and register your interest or call the product manager 5336 6768.

How do I get my imagery into Vicmap API?

Contact the Vicmap API product manager on support.vicmapapi@dse.vic.gov.au or call 5336 6768 to discuss the proposal.

Do I have to pay to use or access Vicmap API?

There is a licence service fee that is payable for incorporating the API into your business website. The fee is based on usage i.e. map views and does allow for a business to run a number of different parallel instances and be charged for it as as one service. If the business has an existing Vicmap or CIP license further discounts and credits will apply. Contact the product manager for a pricing model that will suit your organisation.

Do ESO's have to pay for accessing Vicmap API?

The ESO's do not have to pay for a base service with a 9-5 SLA up to a million page views annually. There are fees payable for a 24/7 service and for large volumes of usage. Contact the product manager for a pricing model that will suit your organisation.

What are the potential issues/ barriers to participation? Are there solutions to each of these?

Potential barriers include a lack of IT skills / spatial infrastructure on the client side, for example an absence of spatial type servers to serve up business critical data. Hosting arrangements can be made with sister organisations or the private sector to provide those services.

The second perceived barrier may be the lack of expertise within a business. This is overcome by contracting any one of the listed developer companies to develop and maintain the application your business needs.

How will the Vicmap API help my department / organisation to work better?

The API will enable your department to utilise the latest up to date authoritative information to enable confidence in your decision making and help your clients to view your business' information over truthful context.

What kind of technical support is available?

Basic two tier support system is available, that will ensure the API is running smoothly.

What is the currency of Vicmap API?

Vicmap API is being updated on a quarterly cycle for the mapping and hybrid component and annually on average for imagery. Hi resolution Melbourne Metro imagery may get update upto 4 times a year where as the state wide land cover imagery will be updated in part as new projects are delivered across the state.

In the future the API will be updated on a fortnightly cycle for the mapping and hybrid component.

Please see the Data Currency page for the latest metadata for mapping and imagery components.

Are community groups able to use it?

Yes, Community groups are encouraged to apply and utilise the API.

What language and proprietary systems do I need to use?

Vicmap API has been developed in JavaScript, OpenLayers Open Source software utilising Open Source Standards and is hardware independent.

What service level agreement SLA is available?

A standard 9 to 5 business hours SLA is available to all clients. A 24/7 SLA may also be negotiated. View the License agreement here.