The reaction to my blog entry on “Geodata and placemarks: More questions than answers” has not been as much a set of answers, as it has been objections. Objections to why one would want to share geodata in the first place, as Big Brother is perceived to have access to everything in the cloud. I
Ok, this took a bit longer than originally planned for, but if you want to test out recent MariaDB GIS improvements I now have finished importing OpenStreetMap data extracts for most countries in Europe (all but France actually)
Blogs usually share findings and opinions. I wish this were another such blog! It would then be called Geodata for Intermediate Geeks: How to collect, manage and use your own placemarks. My problem: I have more questions than answers. My logic: We are in the very beginning of wide spread use of geodata.
The availability of the node.js binding for MariaDB’s non-blocking client library together with the GIS capabilities of MariaDB inspired me to make an example of using node.js and MariaDB to import so-called GPX tracks to a MariaDB database and then show them on a map. GPX tracks are what are stored by many GPS devices including running watches and smartphones. My project makes use of MariaDB’s non-blocking client library together with the node.js platform and on top of that uses the GIS functionality found in MariaDB 5.5 and 10.0.