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Hi all. i'm trying to find a good geoCMS(Geo Content Management System) software that has a solid design potential (color selction, nice icon capabilities, etc) but doesn't require me to be a javascript or PHP expert. i've heard of drupal, plone, tikiwiki, etc. but i don't know which to start with or even how to start. the goal of the map is to allow both my clients and the public update content of a map online on the fly. basically create an interactive map that is updatable by all through a GeoRSS feed. I'm an advanced GISer and can do basic web sites and even interactive flash maps but web programming languages are a bit foreign to me. Thanks so much for your help, Jonathan

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In addition to what I sent you over PM, you should look into Zeemaps. Most mapping programs/providers/services that I have seen or encountered don't offer a "public update" feature.


Also, are you looking to manage a single map, or multiple maps?

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thanks alot i will check out zeemaps now. this is for a single map of downtown manhattan basically of geocoded points throughout the Bowery where artists work or once worked. there are interviews and lots of info about each artist so each point has a fair bit of attribute date which will be displayed(most likely on a rollover). I'm not sure if there is but i think an open source software called drupal may offer some public update function.

I'm trying to avoid having the google logo. I'm also thinking about "skinning" googlemaps to give it a different look. anyone out there familiar with that process?


In addition to what I sent you over PM, you should look into Zeemaps. Most mapping programs/providers/services that I have seen or encountered don't offer a "public update" feature.


Also, are you looking to manage a single map, or multiple maps?



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wow, zee map is super easy to use! but still using too much googlemaps. i guess ideally i would use my own stylized GIS layers (buildings,parks, etc.) and export them and possibly overlay them over a googlemap . I"m looking to have the control of the style.

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you may want to look into these resources as well:

DIY Map
http://www.backspace.com/mapapp/

A clickable, zooming map written in Flash and colored by data from an external text file.

The external data file makes it easy to customize and update state colors, add points, and use the same Flash file many times in the same Web page with different data sets.

VGMap
http://vgmap.eyebeamresearch.org/

VGMap is a new library created by Eyebeam R&D that allows designers, developers, and mapping geeks to overlay data on top of Google Maps in a richer way than is possible using their standard system. It is called VGMap because it adds vector-drawing capability to the already-awesome GMap API.

and WorldKit
http://worldkit.org/index.php

worldKit is an easy to use and flexible mapping application for the Web. Light weight GIS. It's a SWF based app, configured by XML, data fed by RSS. Stand-alone use or integration in larger projects.

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Thank you for your help Ben and everyone else. FYI - VGMap is not being supported and shouldn't be used according the developer Mike Frumin.


you may want to look into these resources as well:

DIY Map
http://www.backspace.com/mapapp/

A clickable, zooming map written in Flash and colored by data from an external text file.

The external data file makes it easy to customize and update state colors, add points, and use the same Flash file many times in the same Web page with different data sets.

VGMap
http://vgmap.eyebeamresearch.org/

VGMap is a new library created by Eyebeam R&D that allows designers, developers, and mapping geeks to overlay data on top of Google Maps in a richer way than is possible using their standard system. It is called VGMap because it adds vector-drawing capability to the already-awesome GMap API.

and WorldKit
http://worldkit.org/index.php

worldKit is an easy to use and flexible mapping application for the Web. Light weight GIS. It's a SWF based app, configured by XML, data fed by RSS. Stand-alone use or integration in larger projects.



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That's strange - I wonder why is the page still up then?

Thank you for your help Ben and everyone else. FYI - VGMap is not being supported and shouldn't be used according the developer Mike Frumin.



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hey, has anyone here ever checked out openlaszlo as an alternative to flash mapping?
check it out http://www.openlaszlo.org/

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OpenLaszlo is a great platform, but I imagine you would have to do much of the mapping engine yourself?

Adobe AIR is another RIA platform - http://labs.adobe.co...chnologies/air/




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