Building community information systems with Drupal and Open LayersFOSS4G – Sydney Australia<br />Charles Burnett & Patrick...
2<br />FOSS4G4IC&lt;-&gt;GOV<br />All exchanges are contextualized by the cultures that are party to the exchange.<br />“P...
Wawa of the BC Context<br />3<br />Wawa = Chinook Jargon: Kloshe Konaway!, Skookum<br />INAC: Indian Act 1876, Federal res...
4<br />Band Chief Councilor: <br />“I need CED (“referrals”) reports with summary, maps, analysis, communications highligh...
5<br />To change the rules, change the tools<br />Lee Felsenstein (1945-), computer engineer<br />
CIS: One Basket, Many Views<br />Cultural / Language <br />Revitalization<br />Spatial Data<br /> Storage & Viewing<br />C...
Start with a GIS? Or a CMS?<br />7<br />Start with a Mapping Application, add CMS-ness<br />Add tools to add/edit/manage n...
Content Management System<br />8<br />A content management system (CMS) is a computer application used to manage work flow...
9<br />
Like Many Others...    ...Drupal<br />10<br /><ul><li>Ubuntu, Canonical
Die Zeit
Die Welt
CNN
Amnesty </li></ul>    International<br /><ul><li>Greenpeace
NASA
NATO
The United Nations
IBM
Popular Science
Fast Company
America Online
Sun Microsystems
Novell
Yahoo!
Harvard University
Many, many other</li></ul>    universities<br /><ul><li>Fedex
Nike
Forbes
Warner Bros
20th Century Fox
MacWorld
Adobe
Java.net
RackSpace</li></li></ul><li>Spatial Data<br />Management <br />ESRI /<br /> Manifold /<br /> (Quantum)<br />Desktop<br />G...
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Friday 23 October 2009 presentation at FOSS4G (Free and Open Spatial for Geospatial) Conference in Sydney Australia.

Describes Geomemes work building Community Information Systems for indigenous groups in BC Canada using the Drupal CMS and Open Layers javascript library. Also binds to PostGIS.

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  • The idea of “separation of presentation (form, style) and content” means that data once stored it can be viewed in many ways.And when we say data, we mean everything including text, pdf, doc, spreadsheets, multimedia (images, audio, video), and maps.So, data can be used in a number of ways, and for a number of applications.The clever thing about our approach is that the underlying software (in our case, the Drupal Content Management System, http://drupal.org) was purpose built for collaborative information and multimedia data sharing.We suggest that FNs start with a system for Economic Development/Land Management (including Referrals Tracking). Then add other components like web-forms and views for Language Revitalization and TUS/TEK Data Collection. Later, you can leverage your investment by moving more of your GIS Systems into the common data basket. All the while you can start to let Band members build their own web-pages and access the multimedia content. Eventually, you can use the system to have Band members learn about initiatives before voting - Governance.
  • CMS: a computer application used to manage work flow needed to collaboratively create, edit, review, index, search, publish and archive various kinds of digital media and electronic texthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_management_system
  • http://drupal.org/books
  • Show different features on the same map -(Views/Roles/Permissions)
  • Building Community Information Systems with Drupal and Open Layers

    1. 1. Building community information systems with Drupal and Open LayersFOSS4G – Sydney Australia<br />Charles Burnett & Patrick Hayes<br />Geomemes Research Inc<br />Victoria BC Canada<br />1<br />54° 20&apos; 13.72&quot; N 130° 26&apos; 36.93&quot; W<br />Metlakatla First Nation Village, Prince Rupert, Canada<br />http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17998472<br />
    2. 2. 2<br />FOSS4G4IC&lt;-&gt;GOV<br />All exchanges are contextualized by the cultures that are party to the exchange.<br />“Prototypes of New Understanding” - Brian Jungen (Swiss/Dunne-za), Vancouver, Canada<br />
    3. 3. Wawa of the BC Context<br />3<br />Wawa = Chinook Jargon: Kloshe Konaway!, Skookum<br />INAC: Indian Act 1876, Federal responsibility<br />Reserves: post gold rush, traders to settlers <br />First Nation: Indigenous political unit (~203 in BC)<br />Treaty: BC has a Treaty Commission, some FNs “in treaty”, 2 modern signed, Land/$$/Co-management<br />Land Claims: negotiate through the courts<br />“Duty to Consult” and Accomodation<br />Referrals: BC Gov system for doing consultation<br />TUS/TEK: Traditional Use Study, -Ecologial Knowledge<br />EBM: Ecosystem Based Management<br />
    4. 4. 4<br />Band Chief Councilor: <br />“I need CED (“referrals”) reports with summary, maps, analysis, communications highlights.”<br />School Teacher: <br />“I need access to the maps and multimedia files to teach our culture.”<br />Referrals Manager: <br />“I need to track staff time spent on consultation.”<br />Fisheries Officer: <br />“I need a (spatialized) system to record environmental data.”<br />Teeenager: <br />“I want to access to some community data, calendars, blogs, job lists and our elections info.”<br />Cultural Expert: <br />“I need a better way of doing interviews and for digitizing our TUS/TEK/Arch data.”<br />GIS techniciam: <br />“I’m swamped and need help wit hdata entry, but we have no $$ for training.”<br />CED Staffer: <br />“I need a better way to track consultation. Paper copies suck!”<br />54° 20&apos; 13.72&quot; N 130° 26&apos; 36.93&quot; W<br />Metlakatla First Nation Village, Prince Rupert, Canada<br />
    5. 5. 5<br />To change the rules, change the tools<br />Lee Felsenstein (1945-), computer engineer<br />
    6. 6. CIS: One Basket, Many Views<br />Cultural / Language <br />Revitalization<br />Spatial Data<br /> Storage & Viewing<br />Community Building / Governance<br />Drupal + PostGIS<br />FN Data<br />Basket<br />Economic Development & Consultation<br />(including Referrals Tracking)<br />6<br />
    7. 7. Start with a GIS? Or a CMS?<br />7<br />Start with a Mapping Application, add CMS-ness<br />Add tools to add/edit/manage non-geographic information, incl. multimedia <br />Add tools to manage roles/access/views/communications/...<br />+ Use Scripting to generate reports<br />Start with Content Management System (CMS)<br />Add tools to interactively enter and display geographic information<br />Add tools to link CMS with spatial databases<br />+ Use Scripting to generate reports<br />
    8. 8. Content Management System<br />8<br />A content management system (CMS) is a computer application used to manage work flow needed to collaboratively create, edit, review, index, search, publish and archive various kinds of digital media and electronic text.<br />Modular: Core (user management, security) <br />Contributed Modules(1000s of modules to at data types and funtionality)<br />E.g. Drupal Open Layers, Geo<br />
    9. 9. 9<br />
    10. 10. Like Many Others... ...Drupal<br />10<br /><ul><li>Ubuntu, Canonical
    11. 11. Die Zeit
    12. 12. Die Welt
    13. 13. CNN
    14. 14. Amnesty </li></ul> International<br /><ul><li>Greenpeace
    15. 15. NASA
    16. 16. NATO
    17. 17. The United Nations
    18. 18. IBM
    19. 19. Popular Science
    20. 20. Fast Company
    21. 21. America Online
    22. 22. Sun Microsystems
    23. 23. Novell
    24. 24. Yahoo!
    25. 25. Harvard University
    26. 26. Many, many other</li></ul> universities<br /><ul><li>Fedex
    27. 27. Nike
    28. 28. Forbes
    29. 29. Warner Bros
    30. 30. 20th Century Fox
    31. 31. MacWorld
    32. 32. Adobe
    33. 33. Java.net
    34. 34. RackSpace</li></li></ul><li>Spatial Data<br />Management <br />ESRI /<br /> Manifold /<br /> (Quantum)<br />Desktop<br />GIS<br />Drupal + MySQL <br />Database<br />Industry<br />Fills Out <br />Proposal<br />CED <br />(Referrals) <br />Manager<br />PostGIS<br />Database<br />(via ArcSDE <br />or ZigGIS)<br />Community <br />Member/<br />Teacher<br />ESRI/Oracle <br />Databases<br />11<br />
    35. 35. Drupal<br />12<br />
    36. 36. Drupal Open Layers (DOL)<br />13<br />Node Type<br /><ul><li> Field (CCK)
    37. 37. Spatial Field Widget (DOL)</li></ul>Views<br /><ul><li> Style (table, list, map)
    38. 38. Which “preset”?
    39. 39. Filters (which nodes?)
    40. 40. Arguements (e.g. URL)</li></ul>DOL+<br /><ul><li> Snippets
    41. 41. Data loaders</li></ul>Themes<br /><ul><li>Templates
    42. 42. PHP files & CSS files</li></ul>DOL<br /><ul><li>Create presets
    43. 43. Set proj, set base layers, set zoom, center, default style, overlay layers</li></ul>Blocks, Panels, Menus<br /><ul><li> Structure your layout
    44. 44. Build navigation</li></ul>http://geomemes.com/openlayers-screencast<br />
    45. 45. Drupal Open Layers: Capabilities<br />14<br />Create spatial nodes in Drupal (point/lines/polygon) – don’t need code to use the OL API<br />Can make complex maps, lots of layers<br />DOL API has “glue” to approximately 30% of OL library<br />One level up: Snippet – small code to create easy <br />People sharing Snippets<br />Upload shapefile (stored in MySQL Spatial or PostGIS), <br />Drupal doing the db abstraction<br />Point and click map building and styling<br />Styling Engine pretty powerful now<br />Dynamic styles (attributes in Drupal can be used to make styles)<br />E.g. Taxonomy image for icons, or cck field for line weight<br />
    46. 46. Drupal Open Layers: Next Steps<br />15<br />We have a solid API and a rapidly growing group of developers. Core Functionality (Drupal/OL glue) ready to be built upon... <br />DOL 2.0 is accepting new feature requests<br />http://drupal.org/project/openlayers<br />Add easier way to upload shapefiles<br />Expand to WMS/WFS... All data types in Open Layers<br />Integrate Drupal Chaos Tools module; allows custom bundles of snippets as a ‘feature’ -&gt; module<br />Improved Styling <br />
    47. 47. CIS: Community Health<br />16<br />
    48. 48. CIS: Language Revitalization<br />FNs = spoken language cultures<br />Drupal, Multimedia<br />Javascript links automatically seeded when a new “term” + MP3 added<br />...Localization!<br />...Cross-site API!<br />...+ Maps!<br />... education...<br />17<br />http://maps.fphlcc.ca/<br />
    49. 49. CIS: Advanced File Management<br />18<br />
    50. 50. ...DEMO<br />19<br />Gilakasla – Thank-you!<br />http://geomemes.com charles@geomemes.com<br />
    51. 51. Demo Functionality<br />20<br />Add individual TUS sites - (CCK, Related Fields, DOL)<br /> Add/modify many site nodes (Views)<br />Load Shapefile - (Table Wizard, Geo)<br />Show different features on the same map -(Views/Roles/Permissions)<br />Filter maps – (Faceted Search)<br />WMS/WFS – (DOL Snippets, API calls)<br />Links to desktop – (Geo, custom PHP)<br />Reporting – (DOL, Geo, PHP calls to PostGIS)<br />
    52. 52. Community Information System<br />21<br />
    53. 53. 1. Add Site<br />22<br />
    54. 54. 1. Add Site<br />23<br />
    55. 55. 1. Add Site<br />24<br />
    56. 56. 2. View Sites<br />25<br />
    57. 57. 3. Show diff. features on same map <br />26<br />Views/Roles/Permissions<br />
    58. 58. 4. View Sites, Filter by User<br />27<br />
    59. 59. 5. Basic map... ...WMS/WFS<br />28<br />
    60. 60. 5. Basic map... ...WMS/WFS...<br />29<br />
    61. 61. 5. Basic map... ...WMS/WFS...<br />30<br />
    62. 62. 5. Basic map... ...WMS/WFS...<br />31<br />
    63. 63. 5. Basic map... ...WMS/WFS...<br />32<br />
    64. 64. 6. Links to desktop<br />33<br />
    65. 65. 7. Report Generation<br />34<br />CIS... DOL, PHP, PostGIS, PDF module<br />

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