[OpenLayers-Dev] New Kid on This Block

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at metacarta.com
Sat Nov 1 13:46:16 EDT 2008

On Sat, Nov 01, 2008 at 01:23:59PM -0500, Arnie Shore wrote:
> Hello all.  Let me tell you a bit re what I'm doing (he sez, as though 
> he really knows!) and invite suggestions.
> I've written a free open source computer-aided dispatch application, 
> targeted to teams/agencies with zero budgets for software of this 
> nature.  (It's Tickets by name, and with a demonstration/download site 
> at http://www.saefern.org/tickets/  - in addition to SourceForge.)  It's 
> built using the usual open source suspects, PHP and MySql.   Of special 
> relevance here is that I've included Google Maps as the geo-spatial 
> component.  Justification for the latter is, not surprisingly, its zero 
> cost, ubiquity, and convenience - as well as its capabilities.  By 
> design for its expected installation by first-timers, it avoids use of 
> any other than the most basic components.
> Now I want to port Tickets to a mapping base that wd allow its use in 
> situation where - at least temporarily - there's no Internet access;  
> the maps/tiles/images wd need storage and accessibility at the web 
> server.  (Client browser and server are readily configured onto a single 
> box, of course.)  Certainly, OpenLayer's open Source aspect is 
> especially attractive, given all of the above.
> Tickets can/is deployed where there's limited mapping available, but I 
> expect that users - many of them ham radio enthusiasts - might be 
> willing to spend some effort in developing the kinds of map information 
> appropriate to their particular situations. From what I see on this 
> list, there's no shortage of tools and advice to help them do so.  This 
> might be a particularly positive aspect in such an  implementation, 
> although possiblY more than countered by the possible lack of immediate 
> availability.

I don't have any specific suggestions, but OpenLayers probably sounds
like the right tool. It's not clear to me exactly what you're looking
for at the moment, but welcome to the community. 

Christopher Schmidt

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