27.5.11

National Archives of the Netherlands: Georeferencer

Klokan Technologies prepared Georeferencer application for Nationaal Archief (NA) in the Hague in May 2011. Thanks to Georeferencer, 650 maps were scanned and made available online in less than one month.
Volunteers made their contributions to the project from their homes.

Georeferencer is an online tool service which was adapted to Archief's needs and made public-friendly. This service allows rapid collaborative georeferencing, annotation, 3D visualisation and accuracy analysis of scanned online maps. Online maps are analyzed directly in a web browser environment. You do not need to install any other software on your computer.

In cooperation with people from NA a pilot was set up to gain experience with the use of ten volunteers through a crowdsourcing tool. After the demonstration of the tool volunteers were all excited about the simplicity of the tool and the possibilities of georeferenced maps, especially after showing the transparency slider in Google Earth and MapRankSearch. There was also a competition and prize for the winner.

For more information about this project, please visit: http://www.archief20.org/profiles/blogs/pilot-georefereren






11.5.11

MapTiler and GDAL2Tiles recommended at Google I/O 2011


Google I/O developer-focused conference is an annual conference which was held in San Francisco, California in May 10-11, 2011.

At Google I/O 2011 conference, within the presentation called High Performance KML for Maps and Earth, several Google employees
recommended our software.

Sean Askay and Mano Marks from Google recommended MapTiler and GDAL2Tiles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIoWHlEEeNI#t=48m18s and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATfdi-oYWzw#t=21m51s

"It is as simple as to specify an input file and an output directory, and it just goes and magically generates these tiles for you."
"Pretty simple, huh? And if that's not simple enough there is even a GUI called MapTiler at http://www.maptiler.org/". Said Chris Broadfoot, Maps API team, Google Inc. about our software.

At the picture Sean Askay and Mano Marks, Google developers during their presentation talking about MapTiler:


Google engineers were discussing techniques for reducing bandwidth usage, applying incremental changes, styling, and other ways to supercharge KML at Google I/O 2011.