DC MapGuide (dcmapguide.com ) is a web-based map application under active development. It will feature custom maps, created with free, open source tools.
The site integrates open source content, collected via the OpenStreetMap project, including highly detailed maps of Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden. Map data is stored in a PostgreSQL database, with Mapnik used to render custom map tiles, and OpenLayers used to integrate interactive maps on the site.
The site draws descriptive information about these places from Wikipedia, and curates the content and “mashes it up” with the map data to provide a highly informative guide to places around Washington DC. The talk will include a brief overview of the tools and the process of creating and curating the content.
Keywords: web, map, wiki, content
Relevance: people interested in mapping technology, wikipedia, or open content