2009 Ohio GIS Conference
Presentation Abstract and Biography

Creating Web based Thematic Maps using Open Source Platforms

Kishore Patel, CyberSWIFT LLC.

Mr. Kishore Patel is the owner and president of the CyberSWIFT, a Columbus based GIS and IT services company having operations in US and India. He has about 15 years of experience in architecting, designing and implementing enterprise applications, including those based on GIS. He has worked as senior consultant with numerous public and private enterprises within US and outside. He has extensive experience with customer interactions at all levels in providing business solutions and services.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 3:25 PM - Track 2

Customized web GIS solutions using online mapping platforms such as Google Maps and Microsoft Virtual Earth has become very popular. With the popularity of such platforms, need for thematic mapping to report, review and analyze large and varying type of data has become very prominent. However, creation of thematic maps on these online platforms has been a challenge. Various different open source options such as MapServer, WMS/WFS, KML files, etc. exists to provide thematic mapping functionality for such platforms. Choice of the right method depends on different factors such as static/dynamic nature of underlying theme data, type of source files involved, need for raster or vector based themes, size of source data, etc. This session will discuss and allow exploring some of the popular open source options to create online theme maps and mashups with existing mapping platforms. Live example to develop such functionality will be demonstrated. Examples of existing theme based sites and a look at upcoming trends in this field will be explored.

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