[Dev] Feature suggestion: campus map
Kaitlin Duck Sherwood
ducky at osafoundation.org
Wed Jan 7 10:15:31 PST 2004
Philip Gaudette wrote:
>I'm new to Chandler (but not to software), so I welcome feedback. Is this a
>reasonable sort of comment? Too much detail? Not enough?
We welcome feedback, too! This is a fine proposal with a great level of
>Feature: campus map
>* Appointments are associated with coordinates.
>* A shared campus map is available using the same kind of coordinates.
>* The campus map can show details down to rooms within a building, including
>* Address translators can map (har!) room identifiers to coordinates.
>My Chandler can navigate from an appointment item to a map with the
As it happens, I know something about campus maps and floorplans. I
created the framework for just such a system in 1994 for the University
of Illinois. See
While I absolutely love the idea of people having access to campus
navigational information, I think it's probably better as a server-side
application than as a client-side application. Information about
floorplans is centralized at the facilities office, so facilities really
needs to own the information, publish it, and keep it up to date. Once
that information is published, then by all means it would be great for
Chandler to hook into it.
Alas, I have found that putting good floorplans on a site is rarely a
priority. Despite the maps/floorplans consistently ranking in the top
five destinations at www.uiuc.edu, they never added any more buildings'
floorplans than the 17 that I put in, nor did they ever update those
17. The only other interactive floorplan system that I've ever seen was
an internal one at Adobe.
There are lots of sites that put up maps, but there usually isn't a good
way to figure out what its GPS coordinates are.
Until there is a lot of data in a standardized format for Chandler to
slurp in, it's probably premature to invest a lot of energy to create a
parcel which would use that data. :-(
IMHO, what we *really* need is standards for how GPS and room
information should be delievered. There are at least three parts to
that job: coming up with a technical solution (perhaps client-side
imagemaps could somehow be hijacked to convery that data?), writing up a
spec to explain to others how to do this, and then evangelizing the
solution. Those seem outside of OSAF's scope, but it would be great if
a volunteer could do that!
>More ambitious feature: You Are Here
(This feature depends upon the campus map feature and on GPS
information, so is even harder...)
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