[webmap-discuss] Roll Call

Steve Morris steven_morris at ncsu.edu
Thu Apr 6 16:56:38 EDT 2006

My name is Steve Morris and I'm coming at this from the library 
perspective.  One area of focus is preservation of digital data, in a 
cooperative project with Library of Congress as part of the National 
Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation program.  In this 
context we're mostly looking at preserving the underlying data, but also 
starting to look at the issue of capturing cartographic representations 
through web mapping systems (possibly eventually harvesting WMS tiles, 
mining tile caches, etc.--how do we make a Web Map Context Document save 
data state?)

As a library we're also moving on from helping people find and use 
geospatial data to helping them find and use geospatial web services, 
and so are interested in discovery systems for web mapping content and 
services, moving beyond content metadata issues to functional metadata 
issues (what do these things do).   There's a growing market of 
application developers that want help in finding content and services to 

Another connection point is setting up our own map services.  We got out 
of the business of running our own standard map server 5 years ago when 
the data producers started doing it (after that our data copies were 
usually stale in comparison) and are now focusing on serving out niche 
WMS services (later perhaps WFS) for others to use.  Further along we'll 
be interested in coming back full circle to web maps by building our own 
mapping applications on top of the existing and emerging distributed 

Also, as a sometimes Google Maps hobbyist on the side I've played at WMS 
integration issues and am interested in that context in emerging tiling 
and caching schemes.


Cameron Shorter wrote:

>Wecome to the webmap-discuss list.  Let's kick off with a role call. 
>Introduce yourself and what project(s) you represent.
>For me: Cameron Shorter, from http://communitymapbuilder.org .
>My hope is that this list can be used for representatives from
>webmapping projects to share design and code and help each other
>address common problems.
>I hope that before we start new modules we consult with each other and
>avoid re-inventing the wheel.  Together, we should be able to identify
>and factor out common libraries.
>Cameron Shorter
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Steve Morris
Head of Digital Library Initiatives
North Carolina State University Libraries
Phone: (919) 515-1361  Fax: (919) 515-3031 
Steven_Morris at ncsu.edu

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