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A simple method for serving Web hypermaps with dynamic database drill-down.

Boulos MN, Roudsari AV, Carson ER - Int J Health Geogr (2002)

Bottom Line: WebView, the Internet extension to ArcView, publishes HealthCyberMap ArcView Views as Web client-side imagemaps.This paper describes HealthCyberMap simple, low-cost method for "patching" WebView to serve hypermaps with dynamic database drill-down functionality on the Web.CONCLUSION: The authors believe their map serving approach as adopted in HealthCyberMap has been very successful, especially in cases when only map attribute data change without a corresponding effect on map appearance.

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Affiliation: Centre for Measurement and Information in Medicine, School of Informatics, City University, London EC1V 0HB, UK. M.Nabih-Kamel-Boulos@city.ac.uk

ABSTRACT
BACKGROUND: HealthCyberMap http://healthcybermap.semanticweb.org aims at mapping parts of health information cyberspace in novel ways to deliver a semantically superior user experience. This is achieved through "intelligent" categorisation and interactive hypermedia visualisation of health resources using metadata, clinical codes and GIS. HealthCyberMap is an ArcView 3.1 project. WebView, the Internet extension to ArcView, publishes HealthCyberMap ArcView Views as Web client-side imagemaps. The basic WebView set-up does not support any GIS database connection, and published Web maps become disconnected from the original project. A dedicated Internet map server would be the best way to serve HealthCyberMap database-driven interactive Web maps, but is an expensive and complex solution to acquire, run and maintain. This paper describes HealthCyberMap simple, low-cost method for "patching" WebView to serve hypermaps with dynamic database drill-down functionality on the Web. RESULTS: The proposed solution is currently used for publishing HealthCyberMap GIS-generated navigational information maps on the Web while maintaining their links with the underlying resource metadata base. CONCLUSION: The authors believe their map serving approach as adopted in HealthCyberMap has been very successful, especially in cases when only map attribute data change without a corresponding effect on map appearance. It should be also possible to use the same solution to publish other interactive GIS-driven maps on the Web, e.g., maps of real world health problems.

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Screenshot of the National Atlas of Canada online Screenshot of the National Atlas of Canada online  which uses ESRI Map Server technologies [3]
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Figure 2: Screenshot of the National Atlas of Canada online Screenshot of the National Atlas of Canada online which uses ESRI Map Server technologies [3]

Mentions: Advanced mapping applications running on the server side can be linked to the server software, e.g., using CGI (Common Gateway Interface). These applications can be used to provide live database access (browsing/querying a map database on the server). Using a dedicated map server, users could get a map depicting the latest figures from a database, which can come from another remote server, visualised with the colours and classification the user has requested (Figure 2) [2,3].


A simple method for serving Web hypermaps with dynamic database drill-down.

Boulos MN, Roudsari AV, Carson ER - Int J Health Geogr (2002)

Screenshot of the National Atlas of Canada online Screenshot of the National Atlas of Canada online  which uses ESRI Map Server technologies [3]
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 2: Screenshot of the National Atlas of Canada online Screenshot of the National Atlas of Canada online which uses ESRI Map Server technologies [3]
Mentions: Advanced mapping applications running on the server side can be linked to the server software, e.g., using CGI (Common Gateway Interface). These applications can be used to provide live database access (browsing/querying a map database on the server). Using a dedicated map server, users could get a map depicting the latest figures from a database, which can come from another remote server, visualised with the colours and classification the user has requested (Figure 2) [2,3].

Bottom Line: WebView, the Internet extension to ArcView, publishes HealthCyberMap ArcView Views as Web client-side imagemaps.This paper describes HealthCyberMap simple, low-cost method for "patching" WebView to serve hypermaps with dynamic database drill-down functionality on the Web.CONCLUSION: The authors believe their map serving approach as adopted in HealthCyberMap has been very successful, especially in cases when only map attribute data change without a corresponding effect on map appearance.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Centre for Measurement and Information in Medicine, School of Informatics, City University, London EC1V 0HB, UK. M.Nabih-Kamel-Boulos@city.ac.uk

ABSTRACT
BACKGROUND: HealthCyberMap http://healthcybermap.semanticweb.org aims at mapping parts of health information cyberspace in novel ways to deliver a semantically superior user experience. This is achieved through "intelligent" categorisation and interactive hypermedia visualisation of health resources using metadata, clinical codes and GIS. HealthCyberMap is an ArcView 3.1 project. WebView, the Internet extension to ArcView, publishes HealthCyberMap ArcView Views as Web client-side imagemaps. The basic WebView set-up does not support any GIS database connection, and published Web maps become disconnected from the original project. A dedicated Internet map server would be the best way to serve HealthCyberMap database-driven interactive Web maps, but is an expensive and complex solution to acquire, run and maintain. This paper describes HealthCyberMap simple, low-cost method for "patching" WebView to serve hypermaps with dynamic database drill-down functionality on the Web. RESULTS: The proposed solution is currently used for publishing HealthCyberMap GIS-generated navigational information maps on the Web while maintaining their links with the underlying resource metadata base. CONCLUSION: The authors believe their map serving approach as adopted in HealthCyberMap has been very successful, especially in cases when only map attribute data change without a corresponding effect on map appearance. It should be also possible to use the same solution to publish other interactive GIS-driven maps on the Web, e.g., maps of real world health problems.

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