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Publishing maps on the Internet with Manifold GIS

TRANSLATION NOTES: Please read some comments at the end of this post

clip_image002Today we will see how to create a map-publishing service using Manifold GIS IMS. If you have a storage provider, it should be installed an Enterprise Manifold runtime license.

In this case I will use Mapserving, a website that provides hosting and publication service for Manifold’s data. There are a lot of maps stored there, including some combined with Open Layers and others with Flash.

1.  Preparing the map.

I have prepared a map, which has a few folders where components are stored, Data frames where are combined some layers and approach views in shortcut style.


2. Uploading the published map.

There are two ways to upload maps to Mapserving, one is loading the published asp web, as I explained earlier; another is by using a template wizard.

In this first case I will use the second, only requires upload the file with components linked into a single .zip format compressed, then indicate which is the name of the component that we hope will be visible by default … frame size and if you want legends, views, and other publishing options.

And ready, tell that it is public so that others can see.


3. Creating OGC services

In case of using the created publication using ASP, it is much better because you can customize the template; including creating WMS and WFS services that work wonderfully. It is then possible to configure if you want the access to be public or only for a controlled users’ group.

For this we must upload the folder created in www root folder, compressed in .zip format and only we need to change the address of the .map by the address of the server that publishes, “G:PrivateMaps686-641829333N5M-Prediosnombre The name of the .map file”


If you notice, this template does not have panning control, scrolling compass rose, legends and views are the same, but the layers here are not grouped and searches are more limited.

In case of wanting to paste to the wms services, the address would be the same, only “default.asp” is replaced by “wms.asp”

clip_image007In case of wfs services, equally is replaced by “wfs.asp”, which can be accessed with any program that supports OGC standards.

4. How much is its cost

If we did it through an ISP, we would have to provide IMS runtime license that goes for $ 95, plus the lodging cost. Mapserving.com provides this service from a base fee of $ 9.95 monthly upload limit up to 25 MB and 1.5 GB of bandwidth. It’s not bad as for a municipality that wants to have up its data; you can even interact with more complex databases.

The following fee is $ 29.95, allows doing the publication by controlled users, and the last of $ 49.95 allows you to load publishing service on an external web. Although, it is possible to request an extension for any of the plans as we like.

Do it with ESRI would cost a lot of effort (*), even without using GIS Server.

There is also the option of taking the service to 30-day trial, so if you are going to see the maps do it quickly, lest they do not hold the service for a long time … but they are happening to me several ideas.


(*) costaria un ojo de la cara: This is a popular phase used when we want to emphasize that a task would take a really big effort

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