[OpenLayers-Dev] New Kid on This Block

Arnie Shore 3ashore at Comcast.net
Sat Nov 1 15:45:44 EDT 2008

To help clarify my so-called thinking here, I'm looking at OpenLayers 
for the JavaScript library to enable access to map images/tiles/files 
based on using  OpenStreetMap.  The latter wd be accessible at 
user-owned servers, without Internet access for this function.  Free and 
open source.

Any insights or suggestions will be much appreciated.


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.
> Th - th - th - that's it folks.  Comments and suggestions invited, and 
> certainly from anyone who's undertaken a similar task.
> Arnie Shore
> Annapolis, MD
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