OpenLayers : Open geographic visualisation in your browser
The OpenLayers project (http://www.openlayers.org) aims to provide a dynamic-drag tile based map and GIS web interface that is standards compliant with OGC's WMS & WFS specifications and BSD licensed. This seminar discusses how to integrate the OpenLayers Map Viewer into your web site in order to display your own geographic data in a manner that leverages existing open and proprietary data sources that provide access via OGC services (such as those running on UMN Mapserver). The seminar will also discuss some of the issues and challenges encountered during the development of the project and challenges in the larger area of open geographic data. I performed much of the initial hacking of Google Maps (http://libgmail.sourceforge.net/googlemaps.html), developed the first standalone viewer for it (http://stuff.rancidbacon.com/gmaps-standalone/) and various other bits and pieces: http://stuff.rancidbacon.com/google-maps-embed-how-to/, http://mygmaps.com/ . The OpenLayers project is supported by US-Based MetaCarta http://www.metacart.com/ and I am tasked with leveraging my Google Maps hacking experience to make OpenLayers an attractive solution for web developers new to geographic data plotting and those who have experience with services such as the Google Maps API. I have previously presented a talk at the Bay Area Python User Group (USA) on PyChecker and The Mongoose exception catcher. I also had a booth at O'Reilly's Where Fair at Where 2.0 in June 2005.
I developed libgmail--the Python binding for Gmail <http://libgmail.sf.net/>-- and did a lot of the initial hacking of Google Maps <http://libgmail.sourceforge.net/googlemaps.html>, developed the first standalone viewer for it <http://stuff.rancidbacon.com/gmaps-standalone/> and various other bits and pieces: <http://stuff.rancidbacon.com/google-maps-embed-how-to/>, <http://mygmaps.com/>. I was invited to O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference earlier in the year and had a "booth" at their Where Fair. As penance for my leading people astray into proprietary mapping APIs :-) I am now involved with the OpenLayers project <http://www.openlayers.org> that aims to provide a dynamic-drag tile based map and GIS web interface that is standards compliant with OGC's WMS & WFS specifications and BSD licensed.