[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: New and Noteworthy in OS Geospatial?

Bob Basques bob.b at gritechnologies.com
Thu Sep 2 13:34:50 PDT 2010


The link to the last referenced item: http://proximity.houstoneng.net/webpage/proxfinder.html


On 9/1/2010 9:46 PM, Bob Basques wrote:
> David,
> Some stuff I've been involved with for the last few months (remember, you asked . . .):
>     * Minnesota Structures Collaborative, has a web interface, a database and means to capture and store data via a
>       web mapping interface.   Involved the creation of four state coverage layers compiled from various
>       authors/agencies around the state.  Fire Stations, Hospitals, Police Stations and Schools
>           o http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/committee/emprep/structures/index.html
>     * I've been working on a couple of OPERA (http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/About/Programs/OPERA/)
>           o One for prototyping a portable field printing system for USNG Markers
>                 + http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/committee/emprep/download/USNG/USNG_location_marker_proposal.html
>                 + Printing over bluetooth to a portable printer.
>                 + GPS capture of marker locations in the field as they are applied.
>           o One for prototyping a low cost.AutoMated Vehicle Tracking system.
>                 + Auto tracking of vehicle/personnel location from phone, always on mapping, etc.
>                 + locally installed map GeoMoose map service on the phone.
>           o Both projects are being built out using a Nokia N900 (linux) phone.
>                 + http://maemo.nokia.com/n900/
>           o The projects are in their final stages before writing the project reports.  There will be about a year
>             testing process as well.  I'll post a link to the OPERA Grant reports once completed if you are interested.
>           o These both involve the Phones running in a standalone mode when no network is available as well as being
>             able to sync their data with a network connection to a master server for redistrubution to other similarly
>             configured devices.
>                 + GeoMoose mapping stack on the phones, Apache, GeoMoose, MapServer
>                 + QRcode Generator on the phone, for generating QRcode (2d barcodes) -
>                   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code
>           o The software stack is pretty much a carbon copy of a linux install except for some styling and
>             configuration changes, and there is still some gesture programming to add to the Mapping (GeoMoose)
>             interface, which can be implemented as a browser dependent CSS file.
>           o The hardware has a lot of potential for other uses, since it's Linux based, and combined with a portable
>             PC and or a larger control screen, the interfaces because they are all web based can be made to operate as
>             closely as possible to each other, whether in a vehicle or out of it and one the move in walking mode.
>     * The City of Saint Paul GISmo (public) https://gis.ci.stpaul.mn.us/ site has seen an explosion of data in the
>       last year or so, and we're in the final stages of adding a 1920's vintage aerial photo dataset as a layer in our
>       GeoMoose implementation https://gis.ci.stpaul.mn.us/gis/gismo_public/html/
>           o Internally we're serving up 216+ layers, all as WMS/WFS.
>           o Externally we're serving up 35+ layers (with more to come in the near future), again all as WMS/WFS
>           o We've had a lot of interest in development of derived layers, that use one or more existing layers in
>             different ways.  One example was the need to see the Right-of way areas within the City.  This derived
>             layer was created by subtracting the Parcel polygons, and water bodies and what was left was
>             Right-of-way.  It's pointed out some error that we didn't know existed and has become a very popular layer
>             very quickly.
>           o Another such derived layer, was a layer that delineates the Railroad own lands, this data was only aviable
>             in our Address database, since RailRoad addresses have their own classification in our addressing system,
>             by combing this with the County parcels layer via the PIN, we were able to build out a layer that depicted
>             the railroad ownership.  This has been another popular layer recently.
>           o While these examples likely seem mundane to those folks that develop GIS systems, the piece that is
>             exciting for us, is that the desire came from the web mapping interface users who specifically asked for
>             these types of layers, and the fact that they wouldn't have come to this conclusion if not for the GIS
>             systems existence in the first place.
>           o We're also building out toolsets for importing most of out OGS datasets into an AutoCAD session, while
>             we've done this for a number of years in the past, we're now able to read the data into AutoCAD as native
>             AutoCAD features, including AutoCivil Objects, which we've recently moved some of our key desighers to using.
>     * GeoMoose has seen Version 2.2 out the door and a bunch of little improvements and enhancements to come in the
>       near future.
>           o User based it steadily increasing.
>           o Mail list is seeing steady and growing activity
>             http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?forum_name=geomoose-users
>     * Finally (for tonight)  I'm involved with a service project called the proximity finder, that does what it sounds
>       like, it looks for things closest to a point of interest, as well as inside of a boundary.   This should be
>       available for feedback before GIS/LIS as the first prototype has jbeen recently reviewed by the MetroGIS workgroup.
>           o It will also have an integration with the MetroGIS GeoCoder to show closest features to a geocoded
>             location like a Address or Landmark.
>           o Checking to see if link can be published.
> Ok, I'm tired of typing . . .  :c)
> later
> bobb
> On 9/1/2010 4:08 PM, Fawcett, David (MPCA) wrote:
>> Thanks to the few of you who had comments.
>> Really, none of the rest of you want to brag about or promote your OSGEO project?!
>> Come on, any new features, optimizations, data formats, case studies, etc.?
>> David.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Fawcett, David (MPCA)
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:54 AM
>> To: OSGeo Discussions
>> Subject: New and Noteworthy in OS Geospatial?
>> I am working on a presentation focused on, "What's New and Cool in OpenSource Geospatial" for a group of GIS professionals.  This group is most familiar with the proprietary ESRI stack, but there is a growing awareness and interest in OpenSource.
>> My goal is to introduce people to cool projects or features, highlighting events and improvements from the past year.  I am thinking of categories including software, databases, community, and open data.
>> I would greatly appreciate any ideas that people have on new or noteworthy developments in OpenSource geospatial.  Think about new projects, new features, optimizations, events, use cases, etc.
>> Please feel free to email me off-list or just respond to this message.
>> Thank you very much,
>> David Fawcett
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