Trouble with Web Map Builder?


The GeoDoctor

In this post I’m going to focus on a particular developer issue around the use of our Web Map Builder. Questions have arisen around what you do with the code you get when you press the ‘Collect code’ button in ‘Step 4 – Generate and save code’. You are actually given a fully formed HTML document.

This is fantastic if all you want is a blank page with a map in it.

For that all I would need to do is:

1. Select all the code

2. Copy the code into a text editor, such as Notepad.

3. Save it as <name>.html, such as mymap.html.

4. Put it on my webserver

You will hopefully have something that looks like this: Read More


Five geo-predictions for 2011

The GeoDoctor turns his mind to the the coming year

The GeoDoctor turns his mind to the year ahead.

Traditionally, the New Year is a time to reflect on what has passed and what’s on the horizon. So, with the help of my colleagues, I thought this was a good time to take a look at some possible trends in the geospatial industry, and to even to make a few predictions for the year ahead.

I thought I would stay clear of the areas that other bloggers have covered so well, and try and give a little more left-field perspective.

1. A significant open data application.

We’ve seen an increasing amount of open data released in recent years and there has been a huge amount written about it and how it could be used. There have been a number of implementations (dare I mention the ASBOrometer?!) but what I haven’t seen, and please correct me if I’m wrong, is a huge consumer app, or killer app which is commercial and actually makes money.

I think 2011 could be the year it happens.

2. More online geospatial service providers.

I think this area will inevitably grow. Last year we saw the launch of online based GI services from both the traditional vendors as well as new entrants to the market, such as GIS Cloud. Why do I find this an area of interest? I think it’s because the barriers to entry are now so much lower.

Most GI functionality is now available as open source, so hosting and delivering online is considerably cheaper and faster to implement, thanks to cloud infrastructure. Read More


Top 5 OS OpenSpace questions

In this GeoClinic I thought I would take a look at, and answer, some of the top 5 questions our wonderful Customer Service Center receive. So, thanks to Marie and Kate in the team for helping put these questions together.


1. I’ve forgotten (or how do I reset) my OS OpenSpace password?This can all be easily handled online.
– Go to the OS OpenSpace Forum
– Click on Login (top right-hand box)
– Click on “I forgot my password”
– Follow the instructions

2. My API key is registered to the wrong URL or I wish to add another UR to my API key

Registering a URL in OS OpenSpace links it to the API key sent to you. However, it is often the case that you wish to host the application at another URL or even host your application on two URLs. If this is the case, then simply contact us and we’ll be able to help you with the change you wish to make.

Please note that the tile and lookup limits are assigned to the API key, so if you are using multiple URLs against one API key you’ll be spreading the limits amongst all those URLs.

OS OpenSpace3. I would like to develop my application before deploying it to the registered URL, will my API key still work?

Your API key will work against your registered URL and localhost, for example http://localhost/myapp.html. This means you can install a webserver on your development/test environment and your application will work perfectly well if you can access it using localhost. Just as it will do when deployed at your registered URL.

4. I get an “HTTP Referrer not Valid” message

This is typically caused by there being a mismatch between your API key and the URL you have registered. Please check that the API key your have entered is the one the registration process sent to you. Otherwise, please get in touch so we can check that the API key and URL you are using are correctly registered. Please include your API key and the URL you are using in any correspondance.

5. I’m interested in upgrading to OS OpenSpace Pro. Please tell me more about it and how I can sign up.

The following link has details about OS OpenSpace Pro. Currently, Pro enhances OS OpenSpace by offering no data volume limits with our charged utility pricing model. If you’re interested in using OS OpenSpace Pro, just let us know.