This is a mock image taken from Google Maps of the area where I live in Victoria, BC.
You can see three "sites" on the map, each having an icon - "St. Anne's Academy", "Christ Church Cathedral", and "Dave Blasby's Apartment".
Clicking on one of the icons brings up a Wiki and/or blog page for that location. Anyone can add content - links, pictures, stories, etc... to the page.
User will be able to:
1. search by address, get a map of the location
2. search by city, get a map of the location
3. browse the map (move around, zoom pan)
4. "normal" text searching
5. click on a map icon to go to a wiki site
6. add a new wiki site, and have the system convert an uploaded picture into an icon.
7. modify content in the wiki
8. make minor adjustements to the location and icon so it "looks good".
The technology goals include:
- making a nicely styled US-wide TIGER road WMS available to everyone
- Geoserver demonstration site - both in terms of WMS, but also in terms of web application development
- finding usage issues in Geoserver by actually using it
- evaluate Geoserver scalability
- demonstration site for WFS-T capabilities
- demonstration for new Geoserver plug-in architecture (Geocoder and Gazetter)
- built totally on open data, standards, and source code.
The usability goals include:
- "community mapping"
- give spatial context to information and idea
- place for people to put pictures of their community/holiday
- place for people to put stories and such
- place for people to learn more about their community - fun things as well as political, economic, and environmental issues.
Use TIGER road and landmark data as the base GIS dataset.
Use Geoserver WMS to serve up the maps.
Use a standard Wiki to handle all the Wiki sites.
A WMS client is required - there are a few options available, but this needs more investigation as to which one to use. IGF might be worth looking into.