[Geowanking] Best technology for public parks mapping application?
jennifer at greeninfo.org
Fri Nov 17 11:45:37 PST 2006
I work for a non-profit organization in San Francisco that provides
GIS/Cartography services for other non-profits.
I've joined the list recently and wanted to see if you all might have
some suggestions for improving a site that we are working
We have a very detailed parks and open space database that we've been
working on for years. It includes everything from small tot lots to
state parks to conservation easements. The Bay Area Open Space
Council has partnered with us to produce an interactive mapping
application that will help broaden access to parks. The application
includes search by address/city/zip and will also include links to a
trip planner for parks that are within a mile of a transit stop. We
are working with a local transportation agency (MTC) to include all
of the parks in their landmarks database so that park names are
recognized as destinations in their trip planner.
We've recently finished a beta version of the application
www.parkinfo.org using MapServer/Chameleon. In general we are
pleased with the functionality, but we think that the performance is
too slow. The DM Solutions group is planning on integrating
OpenLayers into their next release of Chameleon, so this may help our
Questions for the list:
1. If you were going to re-do this application, what technology do
you think would be the best for performance and ease of use?
2. Do you think that the user interface is intuitive for a general audience?
3. Can you think of any other features we are missing that you would
like to see included?
Thanks for your comments and suggestions.
Jennifer Strahan (Shanks)
GreenInfo Network - 1996-2006: A Decade of Mapping the Public Interest
116 New Montgomery Street Suite 738 San Francisco CA 94105
PH: (415)979-0343 x306 Fax: 415-979-0371 Web: www.greeninfo.org
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