Chris Schmidt (crschmidt) wrote,
Chris Schmidt

mm, openness

Spent the morning converting the Open Guide to Boston to use OpenLayers instead of Google Maps. Google Maps is still an option, but the default is to use the Boston Freemap data. Need to do more work on the Boston Freemap to make the cartography work betterwhen you have small (200px x 200px) viewports into the map, but it works, and it means that I'm no longer dependent on a closed data source.

Now I've got to figure out how I can repackage these changes so that other people can use them. The first step in that direction is probably creating worldwide fast-data sources for as many maps as I have available. Once that's done, getting these changes out to people who have data available to them becomes important.

Mmm, OpenGuides data on top of USGS topo maps. So sweet.

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