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Welcome to WikiRoads

This is the home page of the CB1 / CamNet WikiRoads project, a user-contributable, extensible, distributed, community-oriented GIS for Cambridge, the rest of the world, and anywhere else.

WikiRoads produces web pages containing detailed information about places, in the form of simple maps. The main form of map shows a single roads with the buildings and other features along it, and with side-roads leading off it. The side-roads are links which you can follow with your browser, and the buildings, parks and so on can be entered (to find more detail) by following their links.

As well as entries for individual streets, WikiRoads can produce grid diagrams of larger areas. (This feature is not yet complete.)

WikiRoads entries can be edited by anyone, through a version of the map that contains a form. Edits do not become permanent until checked by the streetmaster. Each server can generate a list of changes that are waiting to be checked and merged into the database.

WikiRoads output can take a variety of forms. The normal one is HTML using tables to draw the maps; it can also produce ASCII graphics for use with text-only browsers such as Lynx, and VRML for 3-D browsers. It is possible to overlay WikiRoads with special information of your own.

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Using WikiRoads

The WikiRoads runs on a number of servers (currently 1) spread around the world, and any of these servers can respond to a request for a map of anywhere known to any of them, by finding the appropriate server to which to forward a request to that place.

You can enter WikiRoads in a variety of ways:

  • start at a top-level map and work your way down a hierarchy of places (the WikiRoads servers will generate pages listing known places)
  • start anywhere from a URL you've been given
  • search for a feature by giving some aspects of it (not yet implemented)
  • putting together for yourself a URL describing the address -- the engineering depot page has a form for doing this.
Having started, you can follow links to wander around the map. Each page includes links to relevant documentation.

General help information may be found in WikiRoads help, and all the documentation may be reached from the documentation index.

For details of how to put together a WikiRoads URL, see Getplan argument documentation.

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Extending WikiRoads

Local changes to WikiRoads may be made through the edit forms.

Database entries can hold arbitrary information, by named keys. Keys not used by the standard software configuration may be added to the output, or may replace the normal output, so you can overlay the map information with your own world-view, produce poems describing streets with a stanza for each building, and so on. How to do this is documented in Advanced user information.

If you're interested in running a WikiRoads server, see the WikiRoads admin documentation to see what's involved, and contact the author of the system.

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