This is a follow-up of yesterday's blog about OpenStreetMap vector rendering with tiling support.
Today I'd like to describe another important feature that we'd like to see covered as a GSoC project. In terms of technology this project is very similar to the "OpenStreetMap vector rendering with tiling support" topic. In fact if you applied for that project already then you might want to apply for this one as well if you want to increase your chances:
The topographic "Atlas" map is the oldest map theme featured by our Marble Virtual Globe. The original aim behind the Atlas map was to create a quite detailed map from very little data. The data would get shipped together with the Marble application for offline usage.
The result was a combination of a small set of vector data (for coastlines and country borders) and grayscale JPGs (for the color-coded elevation model and for the hillshading).
The small set of vector data is still based on the ancient Pospeschil Micro World Data Bank II ("MWDB II") dataset which was originally created in the 70ies/80ies and received its last update 20 years ago.
The GSoC project "Natural Earth Vector Map" is about creating a next generation "Atlas" map: It would be based on the Natural Earth Data project.
In opposite to the current approach the whole map would be based on vectors. The Natural Earth Data website provides all kinds of feature data for this use case.
The aim of this project would be to provide a new Atlas map based on the Natural Earth vector data that is
The good news about this project: John Layt has created a master plan that describes all the challenges of this project in detail.
If you are interested in this project then you should act quickly: Deadline for applications is on Friday, April 6th, 2012. Apart from the usual GSoC student application guidelines your application should:
So if you are a student then we are looking forward to your application! Don't hesitate to ask us any questions.