Touch web mapping kiosks of Écomusée du fier monde

The Écomusée du fier monde is an history museum that promotes grassroots involvement. You are invited to explore little unknown aspects of Montréal culture. As part of the “Nourrir le quartier, nourir la ville” exhibition, the Museum wanted to propose two interactive map kiosks to explore the evolution of the Bell Center area from 1947 to these days. The Museum asked to Montreal history researchers of the Laboratoire d’histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal de l’UQAM (LHPM) and Mapgears to build a mapping application that can help visitors to visualize and understand food industry evolution over the years.

interactive kiosk interactive kiosk Photos: David Lacombe, Écomusée du fier monde

The data integration and configuration of the look and feel of the application were realized by the technical team of the LHPM using the SCHEMA system (Système de Cartographie de l’HistoirE de MontréAl). This Historial Geospatial Platform is available for Students and researchers of the Department of History to help them in their work. This infrastructure built on the top of the eVouala platform was funded by the Montréal Research Partnership: “Montréal, plaque tournante des échanges”.

SCHEMA Platform

Design

The design of the GIS databases and the photographic archives was entirely realized and supervised by the GIS team of the “Laboratoire d’histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal de l’UQAM (LHPM)”][lhpm] using the eVouala Platform and QGIS. User can queried information on the map and can select between four specific different years representative of the evolution of the study area. The composition of [mosaic] used in historical maps was also realized by the LHPM using open source tools GDAL / OGR and Gimp (to adjust the color pallet curve) before integration into the eVouala Platform.

Food shops app

Innovation

The innovation proposed by the Mapgears development team is to enhance the export process of an eVouala interactive mapping application. The purpose of this new feature is to build a fully standalone offline web application, running locally on a Windows operating system. For this project, we’ve selected an all-in-one touchscreen Windows PC type configured to run the application running while entirely disconnected from the Internet in a Chrome browser. Our tests have demonstrated that Windows was the must stable operating system and the best choice for minimizing maintenance tasks.

Many steps are required to achieve this. In addition to the custom CSS stylesheets created by the LHPM technical team, geographic data and raster imagery (image mosaics of historical maps) must be exported in a format that can be used directly by a browser installed on a computer. All base map layers are tiled with Mapserver and Mapcache on the eVouala Platform and interactive vector data is rendered using Openlayers. The entire export process is automated using the built-in export application feature.

Food industry app

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