In the framework of the realization of the Italian Cartographic Reference System, the Italian Ministry of the Environment in the year 2002 developed, in cooperation with Planetek Italia, a pioneer website designed to publishing and sharing the cartography of the whole Italian territory.
Over the years Atlante Italiano was awarded has one of the first comprehensive source for a national cartographic centre.
The website has been available on the Internet at the Web address Atlanteitaliano.it for a decade, in the meanwhile re-designed with a new dress and functions. The data made available were: black-and-white and colour orthophotos at 1 meter resolution (nominal scale 1: 10.000), Maps of the Italian Geographic Military Institute (IGM, scale 1:25.000, 1:100.000, 1:250,000 1:1.000.000), and the Digital Elevation Model. The data, were compressed in ECW format, and distributed using ERDAS Image Web Server and could be displayed via the Internet both in consultation, with a common browser, and directly inside a GIS applications (for instance ESRI's ArcView).
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