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How can I add an interactive map to my web site?


Mapping involves a lot of concepts that are hard to put together by yourself. This page provides a survey of the different opensource tools available to do this work.


For serving maps: mapserver[0], geoserver[1], suas mapserver[2], openstreetmap[3], mapnik[4] This means that these programs can read mapping data files and create maps from them.


Census folks have recently released updated data.

National atlas is another gov site. This one has great categories: transportation, water, people, history, etc.

Geo coding - Geocoding site that lets you look up one address at a time. Their sourcecode is available, if one was interested in offering this service. Geocode multiple addresses on one site. Uses the Yahoo geocoding API[9]


GeoRSS is simple proposal for RSS feeds to also be described by location[10]

Building the maps

The front end

For presenting maps: ka-map[5], openlayers[6], worldkit[7], geomoose[8] This is software for creating layers of data, zooming in or out of a map, etc.

Putting it all together

Mapserver seems to be the best choice for serving maps. It's been around the longest and can do it all. Geoserver uses Tomcat, which is why I did not use it. SUAS I was not able to get installed. I was very intrigued but could not find some key components as I was trying to install. Openstreetmap is an opensource project to map the world. Mapnik is the latest and greatest software. It makes very pretty maps!

Ka-boom seemed to be the best choice for a front end, mainly because it has a tiling mechanism that allows for smooth scrolling inside a map. I ended up choosing openlayers because it allowed me to plot points on a map using GeoRSS feeds. Worldkit is an easy to use flash-based mapping program. Nice, but I do not like flash. Geomoose is intriguing, with their focus on separating the layers of info from the map itself. I found it late in the game, so it needs more looking at.