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Microlocal and Geospatial News and Views

Web Map 'Oscars'
August 21, 2003
/Mike Liebhold

Microsoft Mappoint .NET and Directions GIS News have announced their picks for "Oscars of Web Mapping".

Links to the 154 entries are here. These are all very glossy, slick implementations. Some are pretty cool, but most look to me like 'old school' GIS.  Most of these, as far as I can see, were developed using standard tools from ESRI, AutoDesk, Microsoft, Oracle.  Edward Mac Gillavry
points out that today's Directions GIS news    shows you what technologies were used: " MapServer, SVG, PERL, PHP, MySQL, etc feature as well! "


What's missing, for me, is a sense of the vastness of the www, and of  interoperability between data sets. Why should I have to to fire up a _separate_ map application every time for each discrete data set?   Why can't I arbitrarily combine aligned data layers like web search terms in one standard web client like a web browser, or ultimately in a visual overlay of reality?

There may be some solutions in the works. But a huge challenge is ahead, masking the massive complexity of geospatial 'web services.

Here for  example, is a note Sonny Parafina wrote to alert me about 'Web Oscar' winner for '[Biggest Tease':
 

" AskTheSpider.com is a web registry service (WRS) of OGC conformant web map and web feature servers, this means it is a registry for both data and services.  The metadata is in ISO 19115 fand 19117 format and provides the categories for searching.  You can add the data to the map client on AskTheSpider or click on the "detail" link to harvest the service URL so you can use it in a mapping client that understands OGC WMS and WFS calls. 
 
Future plans include a shopping cart type of script so you can collect all the service URLs that you want and write it into a an OGC Context document, which is an XML document that essentially stores all the the WMS service URLS, the layers you want to view on each server, and the area of interest for each layer.  A mapping client can then just read the Context file and, voila you have a map that you can modify or send to a friend without having to host the data or be tied to a specific server."
 
Whew! How will grandpa ever understand that?





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