Hi All,
We're actually getting some work done on Maps v2.x right now which we hope to "forwardport" to v3. Mostly polygon related stuff - smart labeling, hover, additional layers, autocenter, etc.

During SMWCon, one attendee made a strong case for SMW being a great GIS CMS/KMS.  Maybe we can round-up people to sponsor extended Maps/Semantic Maps to make this a reality.

Especially now that MySQL 5.6, MariaDB 5.5 and MongoDB 2.4 have geospatial capabilities that should allow a lot of very interesting ask queries if the SMW geographic coordinate type took advantage of these technologies.


FYI, we actually contributed some patches to ExternalData to return MongoDB GeoJSON polygons in a format that can be used with Maps (see nycpedia.com), but it still feels like a hack and we'd love to do ask queries like, what's inside, next, within, intersects, disjoint, crosses, contains polygon/POI which are now possible in MySQL 5.6, MariaDB 5.5 and MongoDB 2.4.

Perhaps some additional SMW geospatial types beyond geographic coordinate?  A place type defined by a polygon? Maybe this could be the integration point to start going towards a shared featureset with WikiData?

We even looked at Extension:GeoData which now stores coordinates and powers Mediawiki Nearby Places, but its still storing latlongs as MySQL float fields.


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On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM, Jeroen De Dauw <jeroendedauw@gmail.com> wrote:
Hey Bernhard,

I could work on Maps in my free time but am not doing so as there are other more interesting projects at hand. You can of course hire me to work on it, as is true for any MediaWiki or PHP work. Since I'd like to see my first extension to continue being developed, I also consider doing this substantially below my usual rate (depending on the exact things that need to be done).

Of course you can hire other developers to work on it. I'd love to see good work happen without my involvement. Unfortunately the code quality of the extension is not the best, neither is the overall design, and it is lacking tests for the most part. Plus it is hopelessly intermingled with MediaWiki all over, while most of it could be independent from MW. I'm hoping this can improve so it becomes a well crafted, clean and throughly tested piece of software that can be worked on without having much knowledge of MediaWiki. If you hire someone to work on it, please make sure they don't go in the other direction.


Jeroen De Dauw
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