ka-map: open source mapping fun

ka-map is an open-source mapping project aimed to providing an easy way to implement online mapping for your own applications/websites (via O'Reilly's Dev Blog). Think GoogleMaps, but open-source, and therefore much more configurable. Also, you won't be tied to Google's beta status and therefore their freedom to change or not document the API. And, unlike Mikel of BrainOff, I prefer using more embedded/transparent web technologies than Flash for maps and the like.

ka-map is built using MapServer. I've tried getting MapServer setup, but haven't finished it yet.

Give it a try at DM Solutions Map. Unfortunately for much of the world, this is Canada only, but still a very good demonstration. There is a US and World versions supposedly in the works.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.