[ka-Map-users] Yet another ka-Map application
dbadke at uvic.ca
Wed May 17 15:12:33 EDT 2006
I have been developing a ka-Map based application for the Humanities
Computing and Media Center at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada.
The application is now stable enough (?) to be demonstrated, though
there is more work to be done.
The application, called IMaP (Image Markup and Presentation) is intended
for non-technical, cartographically-challenged users who want to display
maps and other large images on the web. Its initial purpose is the
annotation and display of large historical maps, architectural plans,
and other non-GIS items in an academic environment, so it is not a
"normal" ka-Map/MapServer application.
IMaP has three components, the first of which is the ka-Map based image
viewer. The demo site is at
http://vihistory-dev.uvic.ca/maps/htdocs/index.php; check the help for
special features, but the interface it should (I hope!) be clear enough.
There is only a little data in the demo site as yet, and only the first
map has annotations. The academic users IMaP is intended for need to be
able to annotate the images; this is currently done with the second IMaP
component, the Humanities Computing and Media Center Image Markup Tool
(http://www.tapor.uvic.ca/~mholmes/image_markup/index.php), an open
source application that allows large images to be annotated (note that
the version on the site above is an early version; it is being updated
with more features, and the file format has changed, so that version
can't be used with IMaP). The markup tool saves the annotations in an
XML file, a combination of TEI and SVG. The third IMaP component is an
administration utility that allows the non-technical user to create the
files needed by ka-Map/MapServer without knowing anything about .map
files, shape files, world files, etc. The utility has functions that
convert the Image Markup Tool XML file into forms that can be used in
the image viewer, as well as functions that allow the user to create
.map files. A demo of the administration utility is at
http://vihistory-dev.uvic.ca/maps/htdocs/admin/admin.php (user name
"guest", password "guest"). The utility has been restricted somewhat for
guest access for security reasons; you can read about all of the
features in the user manual available from the Documentation page. You
are welcome to poke around in the utility; it will be reset once in a
while so your changes won't persist long.
Comments and bug reports are always welcome!
My thanks to the ka-Map gurus for a great product and to the ka-Map list
members for help with getting everything (mostly) working.
Humanities Computing and Media Center
University of Victoria, BC, Canada
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