OpenLayers 3.0 Sprint Event

Petr Pridal from Klokan Technologies GmbH actively participated in the first one-week coding sprint of the core developers of OpenLayers open-source project coming from USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, Austria and Czech republic. The goal for this sprint was to lay the foundations of the future OpenLayers version 3. Project, which should be published at http://ol3js.org/

OpenLayers is an open-source component for displaying maps, geodata and map services, and for creating modern interactive web applications for desktop and mobile devices like iPad, iPhone or Android. It is an open-source alternative to Google Maps API.

New version of OpenLayers is going to be compiled with Closure Tools - and benefit from all the minimization and advantages of this JavaScript platform described in the blog post: Closure Compiler for OpenLayers 3.x

More information about the meeting and Open Layers at http://openlayers.org/blog/2012/06/21/ol3-sprint/


OldMapsOnline: The best search service for historical maps yet built (according Europeana)

On June 15th, Old Maps Online was presented at the Europeana Plenary meeting in Belgium. We have to quote a David Haskiya's (Europeana product developer) introduction:

"I invited Petr because Old Maps Online is the best search service for historical maps yet built. And also because he combines entrepeneurial spirit with technical insight in a way that I think is sorely needed among GLAMs."

ICC (Institut Geographic de Catalunia): Georeferencer

Georeferencing of scanned maps brings advantages to different institutions and libraries. One of the Institutions, Institut Geographic de Catalunia (ICC) in Barcelona implemented our product Georeferencer.

In May 2012, 1,000 early printed and manuscript maps and aerial photographs were included, with the focus on Catalonia. We were not covering just Catalonia, but at the same time we covered other parts of Europe and the world. General maps were among them, medium-to-small-scale maps and town plans. All were georeferenced in just 24 days by 88 volunteers.

The implementation helped to contribute to the development of the application, and the collective experience resulted in improvements in many ways especially in the area of crowdsourcing.

At the picture, you can see ICC's Georeferencer widgets, including the distribution map of georeferenced maps, and a table and pie chart of the top contributors.