Planning a visit to one of Europes remote nature reserves? An information system under development by the REGEO project will allow you to plan hiking routes in 3D from your PC or access local restaurants over a PDA once you have arrived.
Four different nature parks in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland tested a geo-multimedia information system developed by IST project REGEO, based on mainly four components that can work independently.
The Web application is based on the integration of the open source ZOPE application server and the open source Minnesota map server, a widespread tool for Web map creation. The application requests data from the virtual geo-multimedia database. It reads Geography Markup Language (GML) from the database and creates an internal representation for the ZOPE content management system (CMS) that can be presented in a browser over the Web. The CMS contains a 3D viewer that displays selected features like hiking tours draped over the virtual terrain model, as well as a 2D map viewer. A German language prototype is currently available using data from the Thayatal National Park in Austria, with an English prototype due in the coming weeks.
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