As usual with plans, the moment you finish them they become obsolete. A month ago I mentioned my plans for the coming month and the day after that those plans could go down the toilet :). I had to assist making a ‘space-time-cube’ tool available in ILWIS to be used in a workshop here at the ITC. This cube is a nice tool for 3D analysis of spatial temporal events and will be introduced in a later blog (not by me, but by the cube’s programmer). It cost me about two and half weeks of time. Almost directly after that I had to design and setup a webpage so that the ILWIS web processing service could be used in education. So much for planning . . . . .
Archives for June 2012
What’s the benefit of an awesome software if it’s too complex to use? Will you use google.com if, in addition to what you want to search for, you have to specify what a particular thing looks like or how you want google to search for you? The answer is no.
This year’s Google Summer of Code project “SOS Administrator” focuses on the usability of the SOS. The basic purpose of an SOS Administrator is to make SOS deployment and use as user-friendly as possible. No more editing configuration files, no more editing and saving global properties headaches !
We aim to provide two main deliverables. One is a web-based installer and the other is an administrative back-end.
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a community-driven project which aims to provide a free, editable map of the entire world to users. This is in stark contrast to other mapping services which tend to charge for API usage. Recently, major vendors such as Wikimedia, Apple, and Foursquare have started using OSM to power the mapping service in their products, which serves as testimony to the growing completeness and popularity of the project. The project itself is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0.
As such, OSM has the potential to be a rich and useful datastore for 52°North’s Web Process (WPS), which aims to provide standardization in geo-processing on the web. In particular, we would like to provide on-the-fly transformation of OSM data to one or more of other popular GIS formats, such as Shapefiles or GML. This is the motivation for the Google Summer of Code 2012 Project: On-demand transformation of OSM Data into common GIS formats.