Flexible user interface - more concurrent rich Internet applications
|Type of site||web mapping, astronomy|
|Available language(s)||English, Slovenian|
GeaBios is a free (non-profit) “Slovene Citizen Oriented Information Service” and the name stands for Geo Enabled And Better Internet Oriented Services.
People backing up the service come from a variety of businesses, institutions and different countries, but mostly from Slovenia. All the information are somehow connected to the Earth and Space (geocoded). The Internet applications, which are running mostly on client side, enable the viewing of maps, aerial photography and satellite imagery. They reveal the Earth from above and the Space from below. Many specific layers of different content can be pasted over those maps and images. Time dependent information is calculated on-line.
Motto: GeaBios is a process not a fixed solution.
The basic principle in the design of the service is to “Keep it as simple as possible, but not more than that”. Through offering a wide range of general interest data and useful services free of charge, the service is attractive for users in spite the fact that it is not always simple to use. GeaBios offers a variety of information and services, adding new ones constantly. Some of them are:
- Maps of Slovenia, Information about Slovenia (Slovenia in Brief), search for: addresses and other categories.
- On-line information about the Space, the Sky and the Earth, Solar System simulator,
- Easy GPS navigation and Tracking Online,
- Access to online weather forecasts including satellite and radar pictures,
- Tide tables for Mediterranean,
- Satellite imagery and maps with search for more than 8.000.000 geographic entities worldwide,
- Atomic Clock synchronization,
- Tools such as a Unit Converter, English Dictionary OnLine, ...
Information is provided in a wide range of displays, which include text, images, photographs, maps all of them inter related, and a lot of them time dependent. It is possible to locate information either from a graphical image (e.g. map) or from text. Applications are inter-connected and influence each other, for example, pre-defined flight over Julian Alps can drive a two-dimensional map (if available) to show the position and view angle. The same technique is used for GPS navigation. Most importantly, the applications act as components, they can work alone or together.
The information service contains data of two main types:
- Raster maps, starting from scale 1:5,000 to the scale 1:2,500,000. Software enables smooth zooming and panning through all scales.
- Geocoded data are represented by entities, which act as points, lines, polylines or areas. 2D and 3D. All information contained in the information service is geocoded. e.g. displayed on map.
Maps and geocoded data were obtained legally from the following companies and institutions:
- Ministry of Environment – Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia,
- Geodetic Institute of Republic of Slovenia,
- SAZU - Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
- Geological Institute of Republic of Slovenia,
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia,
- Nasa - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Academa Ltd
- May 1999, Aviator 2D/3D interactive maps (DHTML interface and ActiveX/OpenGL plug-in)
- August 2000, 2D maps Java based interface, search for Slovenian addresses, restaurants, ...
- May 2001, astronomy, Aviator 2D/3D was removed (reason: support of MS IE only - criticism of Netscape users)
- February 2002, Information kiosk system support
- May 2003, weather viewer modules added
- July 2004, new design, more applications are running simultaneously
- June 2005, satellite imagery, map and search for geographic entities worldwide added
- September 2006, GeoRSS Feed added
- June 2007, Experimental video geo-search
A private company Academa Ltd is funding the GeaBios project entirely from its own sources.
- ↑ IST-2000-29493 Portfolio of Case Studies, University of Sheffield, European Commission - Geographic Network In Europe
- ↑ Spatial Data Infrastructure in Slovenia, State of play Spring 2005
- ↑ Preparing the National INSPIRE InfoDays (European Commission, Join research Center)
- ↑ Spatial Data Infrastructure in Slovenia, State of play Autumn 2006
- ↑ From INSPIRE to Slovenian SDI, State of play 2008
- ↑ Koledar za ljubitelje noĝnega neba
- ↑ V Mariboru predstavili astronomski koledar 2009
- ↑ Logina predstavlja novi storitvi na podroĝju samopostrežnih informacijskih terminalov
- Satellite Mapping Application - Tiny WMS/WFS Client
- Overview: Satellite imagery and maps. Search for more than 8,000,000 geographic entities worldwide. Different sources merged together. Addons like: Google maps, Yahoo images search, geolocated Web pages, ..., are driven from the application. It is based on Open Geospatial Consortium standards, and is created with Open Laszlo (open source development platform) and DHTML.
- Overview: Weather models from different sources merged together, time dependent animation, dynamic zoom, visual comparator, data gluing ability, ... The application is created as pure DHTML.
Web sites using GeaBios
- Mindat.org - mineral location database
- Mineralienatlas.de - mineral and fossil location database
- Moodle - free, open source course management system for online learning (see Moodle)
- Ordinacija.net - the healthcare protection and service
- wiki.gis.com - external map source