Friday, May 25, 2018

Cloud Profiles - The Open Source Reference Server Implementation

Today it is with great joy that I just copy/paste an email that arrived in the geopaparazzi mailinglist. I already announced it, but this is the proper announcement by the guys from GeoAnalytic Inc. So I just leave this to you all, as written by Brent Fraser:

Hi All,Geopaparazzi 5.6.0 is now available at Google's Play Store (and GitHub as an APK).  One of my favorite new features is Cloud Profiles. Its purpose is to ease the data management tasks by automatically downloading project files, Spatialite databases and other files when connected to a 
"compatible" web server.    

And there's more!  When you activate a Profile, Geopaparazzi will set the basemap and attach the Spatialite databases ready for viewing in the Map View.    

So what about the "compatible" web server?  Since the Cloud Profiles list is a JSON text file, you could hand coded it and use a plain old web server like Apache or IIS.  Or do some server-side scripting if you want to get fancy. We've got an Open Source project started to be a "reference server" for this.  hopefully it will grow to provide more Geopaparazzi services, but right now it just servers up Cloud Profiles. Have a look at the blog post of more details:    

There is a public version set up so you can experiment with Cloud Profiles (it delivers two demo data-sets: Vienna and Bolzano).  To try it out:   

  1. Open up Geopaparazzi 5.6.0 on your device  
  2. Go into Settings (using the gear icon on the action bar)  
  3. Go into Cloud server settings  
  4. Edit the "Cloud Profiles URL" to be  (don't forget to have the trailing slash in the above URL). You don't need any values for the Username, Password, or Cloud Project server.  
  5. Go back to the main dashboard screen and press the big Import icon (the one on the bottom left)  
  6. Press the Cloud Profiles at the bottom of the Import options.  
  7. Press the icon beside the Profile you would like to download.  Some of the files are large-ish so it is best to be connected via WiFi.    
  8. After the Profile has downloaded, it's time to "activate" it:  
    • On the main dashboard screen, press the menu icon on the far left of the action bar and select "Profiles"  
    • You should see the Profile you downloaded listed there.  
    • Press the Profile's gear icon to change the properties  
    • Slide the Activate profile switch to the right to activate it  
    • Go back to the main dashboard screen and press the Map View icon.    
You should see a basemap with and overlay as defined by your selected profile!  

Best regards,  
Brent Fraser  
GeoAnalytic Inc.

This is a great contribution to the geopaparazzi community and makes me feel that the geopaparazzi project is on the right track to be a good free and open source project.



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