Monthly Archives: June 2010

A vegetation map in OpenLayers

For a project a few years ago we created a vegetation map for central and southwest Kenya (see here for more information). The map together with documentation was made available on CD-ROM. However, we wanted to publish the map online too. The original maps were in svg format, and turned out to be too slow for online publishing. Moreover, they could not be combined easily with other maps.

A widely used and open source option for online publishing of maps is OpenLayers. This is a JavaScript library for displaying and building rich web-based geographic applications, similar to what is offered by e.g., Google Maps and MSN Virtual Earth. An important difference though is that OpenLayers is open source software. It furthermore is easy to create dynamic maps on your website with your own data and with direct access to many different maps, including Google, Yahoo, Bing, OpenStreetMap and other datalayers.

As a pilot I have created an OpenLayer map with the vegetation map. Continue reading

ClickFu in QGIS

Although Google maps and other online mapping tools become more powerful, creating and analyzing maps is still typically done using a desktop GIS. I am for example using GRASS GIS and QGIS for my work. These are very powerful tools, but what if I want to get a more detailed overview of how a certain area looks like? Or if I want to find out the towns in a certain region, or verify the existence of a lake in another? Continue reading