National Wild Fish Health Survey Database

Current Database Version: 1.0.1

The National Wild Fish Health Survey Database is developed and maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation, Office of Applied Science in conjunction with the Service's Fish Health Centers. The National Fish Health Database Coordinator is responsible for project management, implementation, and design. Each Fish Health Center is responsible for maintaining it's respective data set.

Most of the technology used in the development and support of the NWFHS database is free and open source. The database itself is built and runs on 100% open source software.

Major software components:

  • OpenLayers, an open source JavaScript library for displaying map data in most modern web browsers
  • MapFish, an open source web mapping development framework
  • GeoExt, a JavaScript Toolkit for Rich Web Mapping Applications
  • Ext JS, a cross-browser JavaScript library for building rich internet applications
  • GeoServer, an open source software server written in Java that allows users to share and edit geospatial data
  • MapServer, an open source development environment for building spatially-enabled internet applications
  • PHP, a free, widely used, general-purpose scripting language
  • PostgreSQL, an open source database management system
  • PostGIS, an open source software program that adds support for geographic objects to the PostgreSQL database
  • Smarty, a web template system written in PHP

Some of the ideas used in the NWFHS Database were inspired by: