[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [Aust-NZ] CommonMap in Canada

Brendan Morley morb.gis at beagle.com.au
Tue Mar 15 05:04:09 PDT 2011

Hi Duncan,

Yes, we haven't tested much on IE, and I don't know any OpenLayers 
developers.  Mind you the CommonMap code base was forked off OSM's some 
months ago.  We might be able to pull a later version over from the OSM 
git repository.

You don't happen to know anyone who can assist?


On 14/03/2011 9:33 PM, Duncan Jackson wrote:
> Hi
> Great idea, but it doesn't seem to like IE (surprise!)...this is the 
> error :
> Webpage error details
> User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0; 
> Trident/4.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Media Center PC 5.0; .NET CLR 
> 3.5.30729; InfoPath.2; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; .NET4.0C)
> Timestamp: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:29:14 UTC
> Message: 'undefined' is null or not an object
> Line: 101
> Char: 83
> Code: 0
> URI: 
> http://api.development.i386.commonmap.org/openlayers/OpenLayers.js?1295751563
> Best Regards, Duncan
> *From:* aust-nz-bounces at lists.osgeo.org 
> [mailto:aust-nz-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] *On Behalf Of *Brendan Morley
> *Sent:* Monday, 14 March 2011 6:26 PM
> *To:* talk-ca at openstreetmap.org; osgeo-bc at lists.osgeo.org; 
> geodata at lists.osgeo.org; discuss at lists.osgeo.org; aust-nz at lists.osgeo.org
> *Cc:* Sam Vekemans; Baden
> *Subject:* [Aust-NZ] CommonMap in Canada
> Hi all,
> I just wanted to let you know that the CommonMap initiative is still 
> alive, as am I.
> To recap, CommonMap will be a collaboration and repository of 
> liberally-licensed geodata (without share-alike) - accessible though 
> an OpenStreetMap-style interface.  We will accept Creative Commons 
> Attribution, CC0 and public domain geodata contributions, depending on 
> your jurisdiction.  We expect it will find fresh acceptance in the 
> "Gov 2.0" movement, since it allows governments to redistribute 
> contributions from the community.  We also are quite happy to accept 
> OpenStreetMap contributors who find themselves dissatisfied with its 
> default licence.
> We want to focus on a particular country at first, which is Canada.  Why?
>      * It has quite a comprehensive open data catalogue;
>      * It appears to have a compatible licence;
>      * It also has a rigorous "foreign key" model, which bodes well 
> for roundtripping back to government;
>      * It's the home of Refractions Research, the custodian of PostGIS 
> which is a good friend of mine;
>      * Finally, it helps that Sam Vekemans is our enthusiastic man on 
> the ground over there.
> We want to get as much of Natural Resources Canada's GeoBase and 
> Canvec publications into the CommonMap database as we can, and use 
> Canada as a showcase country for what CommonMap can uniquely do.
> The "proof of concept" API instance is currently at 
> http://api.development.i386.commonmap.org/
> It is hosting an overlay of:
>      * Natural Earth Data;
>      * Some sample Geobase National Road Network, National Hydro 
> Network and Land Cover datasets.
> (Hint: look up Victoria, British Columbia[1] for an example of all 3 
> datasets together.)
> Next comes the challenge of ramping up to a public launch.  The core 
> of CommonMap is a web-facing API and its "one true" database, a 
> download site for XML full copies of that database, and a map tile 
> server with its optimised database.  To run this at public scale will 
> demand about 8-10 CPU cores and associated storage, or about US 
> $10,000 per year.
> Let's face it, we will require a higher rate of donations to do this. 
> If you believe in the idea of CommonMap, a good way to show your 
> support is to donate to CommonMap Inc.  (CommonMap Inc is the non 
> profit body that operates the CommonMap internet resources.)
> Potential donors, please head this way:
> http://www.commonmap.org/page/donate
> Even if you can't spare the cash, perhaps you can spare your skills or 
> tools, whether they be in geodesy, obtaining or converting geodata 
> imports, running up database or tile servers, or developing 
> applications?  Let us know.
> Please feel free to forward this news to whoever you wish.
> I welcome all comments: You can make further enquires by return email, 
> the commonmap.org website, or "CommonMap" at LinkedIn, Facebook or 
> Twitter.  Sam Vekemans also has a group blog for CommonMap set up at 
> Posterous.
> Thanks,
> Brendan
> [1]
> http://api.development.i386.commonmap.org/?lat=48.821&lon=-123.574&zoom=9&layers=B0000FTF 
> <http://api.development.i386.commonmap.org/?lat=48.821&lon=-123.574&zoom=9&layers=B0000FTF> 
> -- 
> Brendan Morley
> President, CommonMap Inc.
> morb_au at commonmap.info <mailto:morb_au at commonmap.info>
> http://commonmap.org/
> Queensland Incorporated Association 37762
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