I have a GIS question.
August 22, 2008 4:37 PM   Subscribe

Basically, I want to build mapping system, similar to google maps, using something like Map server & open layers. Take in my own image, such as a building map, define roads or “hallways”, and import points via a XML or RSS feed. I want an interface that I can take the xml feed and run it under the map in a box, displaying it under the map, allowing users to click on the event, and being able to see where they need to go, and using a current fixed position, being able to see how to get there.
posted by BoldStepDesign to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Are you willing to spend money? ArcGIS may be what you need.
posted by jenkinsEar at 4:42 PM on August 22, 2008

Response by poster: How much? Can I demo it?
posted by BoldStepDesign at 4:43 PM on August 22, 2008

Response by poster: I needs to be web based.
posted by BoldStepDesign at 4:43 PM on August 22, 2008

ArcGIS Server let's you write web-based apps (requires .NET / windows server, I believe). Here's a video showing it in action.

I don't know pricing (a buddy of mine licenses it for an airport GIS system he's building), but I'm sure it's extremely variable, depending on seats, access, etc.
posted by jenkinsEar at 5:00 PM on August 22, 2008


i've been playing around with it today. it's similar to mapserver but runs as a servlet. the geowebcache plugin makes tiles that can be loaded into google, yahoo, etc.

i'm not an expert yet, but it can definitely do what you want. however, an understanding of GIS basics will make your learning curve much less steep.
posted by klanawa at 7:22 PM on August 22, 2008 [1 favorite]

also: it's free.
posted by klanawa at 7:23 PM on August 22, 2008

Response by poster: where could I learn the basics?
posted by BoldStepDesign at 7:30 PM on August 22, 2008

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