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Who Else is Using OpenMapTM ?

Below are some examples of how other users are using OpenMap in their own software. If you'd like to share your own experiences, send mail to openmap@bbn.com with the details, and we'll be happy to post them here!

The M-PASM (Multiple Perspective Autonomous System Mapping) tool can access and retrieve Evergrow's DIMES and CAIDA's Skitter daily released AS edges. It uses this data to map the Internet on the AS-level. M-PASM uses OpenMap to map every single AS to its geographical location on the world map using countries' longitudes and latitudes. The collected data sets are also used to map the AS edges on the world map.
AIS Navigator is comprehensive marine navigation software package for recreational users. AIS Navigator is an Electronic Chart System (ECS) based on the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) ECDIS standards. It integrates electronic charts, GPS, AIS and provides complete voyage planning and vessel-monitoring functions. Go here for a Flash demo of AIS Navigator.

AIS Navigator operates on Windows and Linux and uses vector S57 ENC's and a wide range of other types of charts (Vector/Raster).

The Group Transport & Mobility (GTM) of the Catholic University of Mons (FUCaM, Belgium) has more than 15 years experience in multi-modal transport models, and has developed the "virtual network" methodology, which offers an alternative to the classic "four steps" technique to model transport flows over networks, as it combines the "modal-split" and "assignment" phases of the latter in a single step. This methodology, initiated ten years ago in the Nodus software, has already led to numerous applications on large scale multi-modal freight transport networks. Nodus has recently been completely rewritten in Java and is now built on top of OpenMap. More information is available at http://www.fucam.ac.be/nodus.
Ru Sorokin of the St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of Russian Academy of Sciences has developed a method of combining the GIS functionality of OpenMap with the knowledge representation and handling functionality of Protégé. The plug-in that accomplishes this is freely available under the Mozilla Public License, and is under active development. Examples and code may be found at the OpenMap Tab project page, with further information available at http://www.oogis.ru/en/projects/PDSTab/pdstab.htm.
Jason Harwig has used OpenMap to create an interactive map of Lafarge North America's locations. Their locations database is in Domino and contains approximately 800 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The tool is used by customers and employees to locate Lafarge plants, sales, division and corporate offices. He added functionality to the servlet that highlights the location closest to the center of the map and shows its name in the bottom right of the image. The locations themselves are color-coded to differentiate between product lines, and type of location.

The tool uses HTML/JavaScript for the interface, and uses both a LotusScript and Java agent (contained in the Domino database) to display the list of the locations viewable in the map. The "Details" link next to each of these locations also allows for driving directions through Mapquest.com. He also linked our current locations search and locations listing page to the map. While searching for locations (Locations -> List Locations on the left hand navigation) click "Details" for the link to "Show on map."

"The project is getting great reactions throughout our organization, and it wouldn't have been possible without a free tool like OpenMap."

Christian Weaves of Robertson Research International has developed an interactive web-based mapping system using OpenMap. The demo shows points plotted directly from a database table (lines and polygons are supported, too.) Selection of the points records them in a "Shopping Cart" from which any number of queries may be run to retrieve additional data.

The project required a cost-effective and portable pure HTML/Javascript web-based mapping solution that could plot spatial data (points, lines, and polygons) direct from a database. The database is dynamic with frequent updates being applied (daily). All updates to the database would need to be reflected instantly on the map and users would have the ability to navigate around areas of interest and query relevant information.

All "off the shelf" solutions proved far too costly and overly complicated for what we wanted to achieve - this is where OpenMap held the advantage.

The downloadable version of OpenMap didn't completely fulfill our requirements. With a little Java knowledge and help from the OpenMap community, we soon had a modified open source solution.

MAYA Viz has used OpenMap to create GIS visualization tools built atop CoMotion, their distributed data analysis platform. In CoMotion, users can work with maps as well as charts, tables, and other frames to collaboratively analyze and manipulate information.
Tom Vekemans in Belgium is using OpenMap for the beginnings of the EuropeVFR project, which will be used to do pre-flight planning by creating routes by point and clicking on a map, creating navigation logs based on route and aircraft characteristics, and showing special air space considerations.
GeoVirgil, by Steve McDonald, is a map program that directly reads in NASA's PDS format. With it, you can load hundreds of CDs from NASA and explore Venus, the Earth, our Moon and Mars. It also provides some image processing and drawing capabilities so you can create maps.
Chris Schaefer (reality@1reality.org) is working on a sailboat racing package that includes display of BSB style marine charts, NOAH's GRIB forecast data, Tide/Current Station data, Waypoint/Route display and calculation of optimized route to point.
The Ocean Group has used OpenMap for the Local Harvest website to help customers find places where locally-grown foods are sold.
Nest, by Alexander Sokolov, is an information environment for a decision support system. (Use the password "ttt" when prompted, after switching analysis tabs.)
Platte River Associates, Inc., a provider of petroleum systems modeling software and services, is using OpenMap as a graphical interface for querying a worldwide heat flow database, assembled by Pollack, Hurter, and Johnson on ther web site. The applet is offered as a free service to users who fill out a brief form. Their modifications to OpenMap have been published on their web site, as well.
Jess Miller at Intelligent Software Solutions, Inc. has integrated OpenMap into their client application and server-side processing for the Air Force Research Laboratory's WebTAS system.
NBC_RPM (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Reporting, Plotting and Modelling, by OptiMetrics, Inc., is an NBC warning and reporting software suite of tools that incorporates the Defense Common Infrastructure (DII) Common Operating Environment (COE) Common Message Processor (CMP). NBC-RPM sends, receives, and processes all NBC and weather messags. The NBC-RPM can send and receive all US and NATO message formats using customized NBC specific forms. It plots all ATP/AEP-45 and FM3-3 hazard predictions. When an appropriate NBC message is received, the NBC_RPM will process the message and draw a geo-referenced hazard area on a digital map.

The NBC_RPM program overlays HPAC modeled prediction hazards on almost any NIMA product. Additionally, the RPM can import and export ESRI shape files - the GIS industry standard.

The NBC-RPM web site provides a 7.5 minute "mini-movie" showing some of the capabilities of the program so far, under the "NBC-RPM Demo" link.

Dot21 is using OpenMap as the basis for our ADP Display application, developed for NSWC. The ADP Display is a JavaBeans-based display and control application for the AN/SPS-48E radar. Designed for and in cooperation with radar maintenance personnel, this application provides enhanced visualization features not currently found in the fleet's tactical display for this radar.

The ADP Display demonstrates the integration of a Java front end with a real-time C/C++ backend. The back end runs on VxWorks using Dot21's publish/subscribe Message Oriented Middleware, while the Java front end communicates with the real-time backend using the same publish/subscribe paradigm over Ethernet. The network middleware implementation supports multicast, thereby enabling multiple displays without wasting valuable bandwidth. All message creation/access on the display side is via Java classes that have been automatically generated from the C++ backend header files by Dot21's C2J tool.

The rack-mountable target hardware runs Linux and can be booted from either disk or flash memory. The system contains no keyboard or mouse - all input is through a touchscreen. A virtual on-screen keyboard allows textual input when necessary. Live data can be extracted and burned to a CD, then played back at a later time or analyzed in more detail using Dot21's fully compatible Data Analysis and Reduction tools. http://www.dot21rts.com/javadisplays.html.

For more information, contact Dot21 Real-Time Systems http://www.dot21rts.com.

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