"Place, Cultural Heritage and the Internet Workshop" - EuropeanaConnect: Cross-Project Networking Workshop, Nov. 4-5 2010, Vienna, Austria -dme.ait.ac.at/workshop2010/
Petr Přidal, Klokan Technologies GmbH (klokantech.com/)
The MapRank Search is a geographical search engine with support for spatial ranking. It is designed directly for efficient and intuitive search in large map collections and geodata catalogs. Users just browse on a map and choose geographical area of interest and optionally also time period, tags or fulltext query and the system is in real time presenting the most relevant records from the indexed (potentially very large) metadata catalog. MapRank Search was developed by Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland. The pilot web application is indexing union catalog of all Swiss libraries.
The Georeferencer is a collection of online tools which allow rapid collaborative georeferencing, bookmarking, 3D visualization and cartometric accuracy analysis of existing high-resolution images of scanned maps which are already published on the web. It is also possible to visually integrate historical map layers, overlay these on top of Google Maps and similar base maps or provide OGC WMS for further research in GIS applications. The tools run in the cloud and are available directly from a web browser environment, without a need of installing any software on a local computer. An alpha version of the described online service is already available for testing by general public. The development continues as part of the R&D project OldMapsOnline.org, conducted by Moravian Library in Brno, Czech Republic.