Map Whiteboard Cloud Solution for Collaborative Editing of Geographic Information

  • Karel Charvat WIRELESSINFO, Cholinska 1048/19, 784 01 Litovel, Czech Republic https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7678-8437
  • Runar Bergheim Asplan Viak A/S, Kystveien 14, 4800 Arendal, Norway
  • Raitis Bērziņš Baltic Open Solutions Center, Peldu iela 7, Jelgava, LV3002, Latvia
  • František Zadražil Lesprojekt-sluzby Ltd, Martinov 197, 277 13 Zaryby, Czech Republic
  • Dailis Langovskis Baltic Open Solutions Center, Peldu iela 7, Jelgava, LV3002, Latvia
  • Jan Vrobel Forest Management Institute, Nabrezni 1326, 250 01 Brandys nad Labem, Czech Republic
  • Sarka Horakova Czech Centre of Science and Society, Radlicka 663/28, 150 00 Praha 5, Czech Republic https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8894-8781
Keywords: cloud computing, visualisation, interactivity, collaboration, WebSockets, digitalization

Abstract

For the purpose of exploiting the potential of cloud connectivity in geographical information systems, the Map Whiteboard technology introduced in this article does for web mapping what Google Docs does for word processing; create a shared user interface where multiple parties collaboratively can develop maps and map data while seeing each other work in realtime. To develop the Map Whiteboard concept, we have applied a methodology whereby we have collected technical and functional requirements through a series of hackathons, implemented a prototype in several stages, and subjected this to rigorous testing in a lab environment and with selected users from relevant environments at intermediate scale. The work has resulted in a fully functional prototype that exploits WebSockets via a cloud service to reflect map and data changes between multiple connected clients. The technology has a demonstrated potential for use in a wide range of web GIS applications, something that is facilitated by the interfaces already implemented towards mainstream mapping frameworks like OpenLayers and QGIS-two of the most popular frameworks for Web GIS solutions. Further development and testing are required before operationalization in mission-critical environments. In conclusion, the Map Whiteboard concept offers a starting point for exploiting cloud connectivity within GIS to facilitate the digitalization of common processes within the government and private sector. The technology is ready for early adopters and welcomes the contribution of interested parties.

Published
2021-08-06
How to Cite
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Charvat K, Bergheim R, Bērziņš R, Zadražil F, Langovskis D, Vrobel J, Horakova S. Map Whiteboard Cloud Solution for Collaborative Editing of Geographic Information. Cloud Computing and Data Science [Internet]. 2021Aug.6 [cited 2021Sep.24];2(2):36-5. Available from: https://ojs.wiserpub.com/index.php/CCDS/article/view/897