Live AIS data is a web browser
August 11, 2008 10:55 AM   Subscribe

Hi, Another oddball question... I have a live data stream of AIS data and I would like to take the data and ultimately display it on a world map through a web browser. The problem is that I have no clue as to how I would display live updated information on a map.

I would like the map to update as the stream of data is coming in. This might be an ambitious project for someone who is weak on web programming, but i figured it would be worth looking into.
posted by kaozity to Technology (6 answers total)
You could just transform it to KML, and have people download Google Earth. Just a thought...
posted by Citrus at 10:59 AM on August 11, 2008

Response by poster: We already have it going to Google earth. I want no additional software of any type. Would like it all to happen in the web browser. at most a plug-in
posted by kaozity at 11:01 AM on August 11, 2008

The Google Maps API is probably a good place to start, especially if you've written enough code to get it into Google Earth. You'll need a decent knowledge of Javascript to write it though.
posted by katrielalex at 11:07 AM on August 11, 2008

Response by poster: I will look into that
posted by kaozity at 11:08 AM on August 11, 2008

Try this link. hopefully you are interested in these regions. If so, these KMZ files work great in Google Earth.

Once you have loaded the KMZ file, type CTRL-F to search for a specific vessel by name. One of the coolest things ever.
posted by MotorNeuron at 12:17 PM on August 11, 2008

Sounds like you could convert the data to GeoRSS and display it with OpenLayers.
posted by PueExMachina at 3:49 PM on August 11, 2008

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