Beegis, digital field mapping that just works (FOSS4G2008)

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Beegis, digital field mapping that just works (FOSS4G2008)

  1. 1. Andrea Antonello, Silvia Franceschi, Mauro De Donatis BeeGIS digital field mapping that just works Foss4G, Cape Town 01/10/2008
  2. 2. GIS Advanced Geographic Information System for environmental analysis and planning.
  3. 3. MOBILE A mobile tool capable to be connected to GPS and possibly to other measurement tools.
  4. 4. DIGITAL NOTES An application able to deal with maps as well as notes and images.
  5. 5. GIS ADVANCED MOBILE CONNECTED DIGITAL NOTEBOOK
  6. 6. BeeGIS <ul><li>is an application developed for tablet pcs and ultramobile pcs </li></ul><ul><li>is a nmea gps-enabled application </li></ul><ul><li>is thought mainly for Geologists and Engineers </li></ul><ul><li>is not a lightweight application, the aim is to use the same application during the survey and for the following analyses in the office </li></ul><ul><li>is not for PDAs </li></ul><ul><li>works on Windows, </li></ul><ul><li>Linux and Macosx </li></ul>
  7. 7. BeeGIS, the bittersweet history <ul><li>Map It was developed at the University of Urbino by Prof. De Donatis together with a commercial company and based on proprietary software developed with VB </li></ul><ul><li>after a very successful start the partnership broke and Map It couldn't be developed from the academic part and wouldn't be developed by the company </li></ul><ul><li>Map It is death, lot's of good scientific work is lost </li></ul><ul><li>De Donatis didn't stop and agreed to start over again, basing on GFOSS -> BeeGIS </li></ul>
  8. 8. BeeGIS, the key features <ul><li>Geonotes </li></ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Annotation layer </li></ul>
  9. 9. Geonotes, stick your post-it on the map <ul><li>select the geonotes tool, the geonotes layer will be loaded automatically </li></ul><ul><li>click on the position of interest on the map </li></ul><ul><li>a note will pop-up, ready to be filled with informations of any kind </li></ul><ul><li>the position of the note is projection dependend, i.e. if you change projection, also the geonotes are properly reprojected </li></ul>
  10. 10. Geonotes
  11. 11. Geonotes <ul><li>geonotes can quickly be changed in color </li></ul>
  12. 12. Geonotes <ul><li>geonotes can quickly be changed in color </li></ul><ul><li>and in size </li></ul>
  13. 13. Geonotes <ul><li>geonotes can quickly be changed in color </li></ul><ul><li>and in size </li></ul><ul><li>more settings and general info are hidden behind a double-click on the title </li></ul>
  14. 14. Geonotes <ul><li>geonotes can quickly be changed in color </li></ul><ul><li>and in size </li></ul><ul><li>more settings and general info are hidden behind a double-click on the title </li></ul><ul><li>geonotes support three types of </li></ul><ul><li>information </li></ul>
  15. 15. Geonotes: paint <ul><li>the paint tab supports drawing and writing with the tablet's pen </li></ul><ul><li>basic properties can be changed, as stroke width, color and transparency </li></ul>
  16. 16. Geonotes: text <ul><li>the text tab supports insertion of text through a keyboard </li></ul>
  17. 17. Geonotes: media <ul><li>the media tab is a storage tab for any type of document </li></ul><ul><li>it supports drag & drop </li></ul>
  18. 18. Geonotes: media <ul><li>the media tab is a storage tab for any type of document </li></ul><ul><li>it supports drag & drop </li></ul><ul><li>by double-clicking on an item, the default application for that type will open it </li></ul>
  19. 19. Geonotes: media & images <ul><li>an exception is done for images (once the geonote was saved once), which are opened in their own editor </li></ul>
  20. 20. Geonotes: media & images <ul><li>an exception is done for images (once the geonote was saved once), which are opened in their own editor </li></ul><ul><li>if saved, the drawn layer is saved as a separate layer </li></ul>
  21. 21. The annotation layer, draw free on your map <ul><li>select the annotation layer tool, the annotation layer will be loaded automatically </li></ul><ul><li>a properties view is opened, inside which stroke width, color and transparency can be set </li></ul><ul><li>just draw free </li></ul>
  22. 22. The annotation layer
  23. 23. The GPS tool GPS settings center view on GPS position automatically add points to layer turn on GPS manually add point to layer add a geonote at the GPS position
  24. 24. The GPS tool: settings <ul><li>NMEA serial port connected GPS are supported </li></ul><ul><li>an interval for automatic data insertion can be configured </li></ul><ul><li>a distance threshold can be defined to avoid continuous data acquisition when standing in one point </li></ul><ul><li>with Start Gps , BeeGIS connects to the device and starts background data acquisition </li></ul>
  25. 25. The GPS tool: settings After chosen the port and started the GPS, in the textarea an information about the data read is given.If to the selected port a GPS is connected, some NMEA strings appear.
  26. 26. The GPS tool: position and view Once the GPS is turned on, the gps position is visible on the map and a view reporting the available GPS informations is opened.
  27. 27. The GPS tool: position and view <ul><li>BeeGIS puts the acquired GPS data on the map depending on the selected layer type </li></ul><ul><li>every time a the GPS is turned on, the user has to decide whether to start a new feature or continue from the last created on the layer </li></ul><ul><li>hint: if you do not see the GPS point, you are probably out of view. Use the center on GPS view button to set the view. </li></ul>
  28. 28. The GPS tool: adding to point layers <ul><li>points can be added manually or automatically </li></ul>
  29. 29. The GPS tool: adding to line layers <ul><li>lines can be added manually or automatically </li></ul><ul><li>in order to be able to create separated lines, the user is prompted whether he wants to continue from the last drawn feature or instead create a new one </li></ul>
  30. 30. The GPS tool: adding to polygon layers <ul><li>polygons can be added manually or automatically. </li></ul><ul><li>as for lines, also separate polygons can be created </li></ul>
  31. 31. Why BeeGIS?
  32. 32. BeeGIS is available at http://www.beegis.org Thanks for your attention

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