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This application makes it possible to upload MS-Access files and then query those with an SQL engine. You will be able to define SQL-based QA tests, that will give a quality score to the dataset. When you upload a new edition of the same dataset, then the QA tests will be run on the new file automatically.

Potentially, the system can be integrated with automatic uploads from IDM3 tools as their datasets get created as a result of the FME process. This will provide a “Jenkins” functionality for datasets.

The application uses Liquibase to create and upgrade the database, and Thymeleaf as the templating engine. You can find the layout template at src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/thymeleaf/layout.html.


  • Tomcat 8
  • Java 1.8
  • Spring 4
  • Thymeleaf 2.1.4
  • H2 Database Engine

Automated tests

There are test examples of both controllers and data access objects using the Spring test package.

Building a Docker image

It is possible to build, test and push a Docker image of Eionet DataLake to EEA’s Docker registry. To do so you activate the docker profile. The install goal will do a test start up of the container. The docker:push will push the Docker image to

mvn -Pdocker install docker:push

To use docker:push you must have an account and add these lines to your ~/.m2/settings.xml:


Deployment of WAR file

The default configuration is to allow you to deploy to your own workstation directly. You install the target/datalake.war to Tomcat’s webapps directory as ROOT.war. You can make it create an initial user with administrator rights by setting system properties to configure the application.

On a CentOS system you can start Tomcat with the environment variable CATALINA_OPTS set to some value or add lines to /etc/sysconfig/tomcat that looks like this:

CATALINA_OPTS="-Dcas.service= -Dinitial.username=myname"
CATALINA_OPTS="$CATALINA_OPTS -Ddb.url=jdbc:h2:tcp://localhost:8043//work/datalakedb -Dstorage.dir=/work -Dupload.dir=/work"

These are the properties you can set:

initial.password # Not needed when integrated with CAS.

The default values are in src/main/resources/ and src/main/resources/

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