[OpenLayers-Dev] New Kid on This Block
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
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.
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