Monday, 22 February 2010

A decade on.....

You regular readers will know that I don't put much public relations related material on this blog; however, I do think you will be interested to know that our mapshop now has a plug-in free map interface for the first time.

Back in 2000, yes 10 years old this week too, so we see it as a kind of celebration, ERMapper's Image Web Server and the underlying ecw format and its accompanying protocol (ecwp://) opened up the possibilities of an e-commerce data delivery platform. Yes, it required an ActiveX plugin but boy did it change the way in which geographic data, particularly mapping and imagery, could be viewed and obtained. Then 5 years or so ago we launched a Java based solution for viewing large scale (notably OS MasterMap) data online and for completing planning applications and similar things for PDF output. More developments here shortly too.

Although IE remains the de facto browser across the vast majority of users in the enterprise space this is changing, fast in some cases, and the need to provide a solution to the growing legions of Firefox, Safari and Chrome users as well leveraging our OGC compliant data stack could wait no longer. The OpenLayers framework (you were going to ask I know, and if I didn't tell you a quick look under the hood would provide the answer anyway) has proven a powerful, flexible friend in this continuing evolution and you can expect more in the coming weeks....

Did I say, we're 10 years old this week....

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