At the request of some senior members of the TME team, I've been quietly doing some spade work on how TME could support its own Megalithic Mapping service without copyright issues.
The thinking (so far) is that this would be based on OpenStreetMap
, with the addition of our own layers of data. OpenStreetMap is "open source", and we just have to acknowledge OpenStreetMap.
This is where I need your help
, before we can start creating our own library of places of interest. Why? Well, if you imagine adding a book to a library, one of the first things you the librarian has to do is decide which section it goes in. Otherwise, it's an untidy mess, and retrieving anything becomes a nightmare. And for that, one needs a classification schema. Wossat? Simply, for us, it's a list of all the main categories of "things" we've ever bothered to make maps of.
Like (but not limited to) these:
Hilltop with enclosure
What else can you think of?
Then when we start adding places to our library, we would
1) choose the category it belongs in
2) give it a short title
3) optionally, give it a longer description
4) say what its latitude and longitude is
The last part can easily be done if it has a Wikipedia page, as the Lat-Long pairing usually appears there.
For each category, we would also need an associated and appropriate small icon. Like you can choose for a point in Google Maps, but our own, so there's no copyright issues. If you stumble over any open source icon libraries that look good, please let me know.
When we are displaying all the items in chosen category/categories, each category becomes a distinct layer of points, shown on top of OpenStreetMap.
I know this works, I've already done it for my day job and c.10K categorised locations in the UK
Laydeez 'n' gennelmen, your thoughts please?