It’s been almost a year since I discovered Open Drone Map while being stuck due local COVID travel restrictions on a remote Fiji island, right on international dateline, having to get busy there with some relatively large and not so scale mapping.
At some point I got a number of maps, but not many easy, fast and simple options to share them with the clients or whoever else I needed to share them who does not have GIS background also needed conveniently storing and archiving them somewhere online where they could be easily uploaded through slow internet line, accessed, shared, done some simple operations like area and distance measurements etc.
I know you can do something like that in WebODM after your map is processed, but I needed clear, simple and fast interface without distractions and features that a common person might never need.
Basically something for a person, who just need to look at their map and do some simple operations with it, without stressing their busy brains how to do this and that. Basically to serve pure demonstration purpose with some basic vector tooling.
So my brother and I both software developers and myself with some drone and mapping background got this pet project.
It took some time to figure out and put some complex things to work together like Geoserver, some modules from our previous projects, some Golang and JS programming time to make it all work under the hood. It still in development and might have issues, I am working on improving the user interface, but I already find it pretty handy for sharing my own maps and in case someone wants to try it too and give some feedback, feel free follow the link bellow.
It might not work in Safari browser though as we’re not Apple users so it never been tested there. In case someone tries it in Safari and it does not work, let me know we will try to do something about it but Chrome is the browser for now.
So what MapHub can do for now.
- You can upload your processed geoTIFF images in different ways through the browser directly or by feeding it with Mega or Google Drive cloud storage links so you files will be pulled in the background.
- It might take some time to process the images depending on their size, but at a result you should see them projected on the world map. With either OSM or MapBox satellite background.
- There are some vector tools on the right that can be applied over your map for some marking or measuring purposes, they are still under development.
- Share your maps with others, making them public or private with permission to access them for specific people only
- Make your maps “read only” or allow people to put vectors over them for some collaboration work
- Share specific extent of the map in full access or “observer” mode
- Allow to download the file for your client or just view it
In order to upload maps and do stuff you will need to sign in. Sign up / Sign is currently possible through Google account only.
Feel free to share your feedback and features ideas if you tried it and found it useful for yourself but thought of some extra features that would be good to have there.
Bellow there is a link zoomed to Fiji where I display some of my maps for demonstration purpose, but feel free to zoom to your area and upload and share your stuff.
Not sure how it might go server performance wise if a few maps will be uploaded and processed simultaneously so please excuse if it might be slow sometimes, you might experience some delays in processing or loading tiles. Let us know your experience.