Feb 25, 2014

Why indoor maps are important.

Asking a tough question "why are indoor maps important?".  The answer is simply the same reason as to why any map is important.

Maps guide us in many ways, present us huge amounts of information in a simple manner.

Here is a top 5 list of why indoor maps are important:

  1. Transfer information fast
    • Images share more information than words hands down. Complex building structures are literally a maze of ways and paths.  Indoor maps show floor plans, furniture and other features to identify your way.
  2. Allow to check our progress
    • You can locate where you are and how much further you have to go.  Indoor floor plans with routing can show you your way from point A to B and see where you are.
  3. Ease communication
    • Trying to explain where some thing is located is not an easy task.  Whenever you want to show someone where something is located you want a "map".  Indoor maps show you the floor plan and floors for complex buildings in a familar way.
  4. Reduce stress
    • Do you feel stress when you are lost?  Well most people do and the stress escalates very fast when you are about to be late for a meeting or appointment.  Having an indoor map helps you plan and prepare for your trip, therefore reducing your anxiety of the possibility of getting lost.
  5. Chart out what is where
    • Providing information about the indoor environment is as important as our outdoor environment. We spend more hours indoors than we do outdoors and that is why indoor maps are needed in as many places as possible.

Feb 18, 2014

Ubuntu Linux secure copy to / from server

This post is more of a note to my self this is all running on a Ubuntu 12.04 machine.  You can do all of this from your local Ubuntu machine and do not need to login on remote server via ssh.

Copy folder FROM server TO local machine using command line 

Remote folder :  /var/www/someRemoteFolderName
destination folder on local machine: /var/www/localFolderName
username:  bob
ip or dns: mydomainName

Command is :

root@mdiener-VirtualBox:# scp -r bob@mydomainName://var/www/someRemoteFolderName/ /var/www/localFolderName 

then enter password at the prompt

Copy folder TO server FROM local machine using command line

Remote folder is :  /var/www/someRemoteFolderName
destination folder on local machine: /var/www/localFolderName
username:  bob
ip or dns: mydomainName

Command is :

root@mdiener-VirtualBox:# scp -r /var/www/localFolderName bob@mydomainName://var/www/someRemoteFolderName/ 

then enter password at the prompt

This is simply the reverse of the first one.

Well that was easy !  Linux is great

Feb 11, 2014

Open Geo Data in Austria

More and more data is constantly available on the web here in Austria.  I found it now time to write a little post summarizing where you can get data about Austria from Austria.

http://www.data.gv.at/  (all of Austria)
http://data.statistik.gv.at/  (Statistic Austria)
http://data.ktn.gv.at/   (Kärnten)
https://www.tirol.gv.at/data/datenkatalog/  (Tirol)
https://open.wien.at/site/datenkatalog/  (Wien)
http://data.noe.gv.at/Open-Government-Data.html   (Niederösterreich)
http://data.steiermark.at/  (Steirmark)
http://data.vorarlberg.gv.at/ (Vorarlberg)
http://data.linz.gv.at/  (Stadt Linz)
http://www.data.gv.at (Salzburg all data in Data.gv.at)
Oberösterreich  (links is really long)
http://geodaten.bgld.gv.at/de/ogd.html  (Burgenland)

To round out the list of prominent open data around us
http://opendata.admin.ch/en   (our swiss neigbours)
Bundesamt für Kartographie  (Germany)
Italy  open data ( if you can read Italian)
EU data (publicdata.eu since we are a part of it)
European Union Open Data Portal  (https://open-data.europa.eu/en/data)

Last but not least a quick note on how open data is being published.  CKAN.ORG http://ckan.org/  is a portal platform to publish your data online geo or not.  I also like to plug the great open source project GEONODE   www.geonode.org  for map, layer data management and sharing.

have fun with your newly found data :)   and if you need more info please check out our webpage: