Web Services…

1. An excellent explanation of web services; benefits and challenges.

1a) Web services increase an organizations agility to respond to demands,

1b) Degree of success is a function of appropriate standards and the willingness to adopt them

1c) The trend has happened and is accelerating.

2. The time is right web services. A business case perspective.

3. Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure video.


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  1. Here is a fun website that not only incorporates a cartographic perspective(the use of Google maps web service) but also a very large user driven content portion as well.


    The steps for this site as as follows:
    1 Register your Item:
    Tell us which items you want to register and we’ll give you a SendMeHome ID for each one

    2 Place a label (or just write the SendMeHome ID) on your item.

    3. Protect your Item from Loss OR 3. Send your Item on an Adventure

    Users who send their item on an adventure create a topic associated with them, in the case of the marshmallows in the bottle link the idea is that if you find this item you go to the website with the link, and add your own story of a useless product that you have seen. So as the item travels you see its points pop up on the Google map and also have a blog like addition for each person. This example stood out for me because it gives a spatial perspective to each blog-like post, and brings a real world component to the virtual environment.

  2. Check this link, it converts regular rss feeds to georss and view it in the acme viewer or google earth…all you have to do is provide the url. The GeoNames “RSS to GeoRSS Converter” reads the entries of an RSS feed and searches the GeoNames Database to find a location for the entry text. If a relevant location is found, its latitude and longitude are added to the RSS feed using the GeoRSS encoding.


    This link also points to a converter that will convert RSS to KML viewable in GoogleEarth, if you want to snatch the code for yourself you could save the KML file (instead of viewing in GoogleEarth) as an XML file and view it in InternetExplorer as raw code.

    Might be quite useful for our upcoming projects no?

  3. Need help working with JavaScript? Check these links:



    There are some tutorials and a 4-part video by Douglas Crockford, I don’t know if he’s important to cartography as a science and such but his video serves the javascript instructional purpose (he’s from Yahoo).

    There is also the FireBug javascript debugger plugin for FireFox here: http://getfirebug.com/logging.html
    The site also gives instructions on how to use the plugin.

  4. Found some useful information on Javascript and their web mapping utility:

    This link provides an easy to use tutorial on javascript.

    The FireBug Javascript debugger plugin is located here along with instructions on how to use it in the browser.

    A 4-part video by Douglas Crockford (from Yahoo), I don’t know if he’s a big head to cartographic science or not but his videos serve their instructional purpose. Watch them 1 through 4.

    This link prodives more information on the workings of javascript

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