A little while back, I posted a few mapping extensions that read in various kinds of data to allow mapping of regions and data on Google Maps. One major problem with those is that Google is now charging money for useof their mapping product, so in order to use this extension on any grand scale,they'd need to purchase licensing.
So, in response to this, I've built an extension which uses all open source (free) products to provide some similar mapping capabilities(and then some). The tool which provides the scrolling and "slippy" map features is called OpenLayers which reads in map imagery from OpenStreetMap. What I've done this time, however, is built the extension to read in KML files for the regions. KML is a format that is very common in the industry (Google Earth uses and creates the files) ,and there are many tools out there to convert other formats (like shape files) into the KML format.
So, for example, I went and found a KML file for the US 50 states and put it into this new extension, and was able to create a map similar to my other US Map extension:
Above and beyond the normal features of the extensions I created for Google, this extension provides a few new features:
I've attached the extension as well as a QVW and quick guide. In the extension is a sample KML file called us_states.kml that can be used with the example QVW.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Hopefully this is useful to people.
Due to some issues with versions of Internet Explorer prior to 9 and how it handles different data formats, it is now necessary to change the KML file into an XML file prior to loading it into the extension. So, for example, if you have a KML named "counties.kml" you need to change the file extension so it becomes "counties.xml". Hopefully I'll eventually get time so this last step can be avoided, but for now it's necessary in order for the extension to work in IE8.
I've updated the attatchments on this post to use an XML file, so the examples should now work.
Very nice Brian! Keep up the great work!
I've been looking into my problem of manipulating a map when using the QV desktop client without webview. As far as I know, the only solution is to manipulate a background image with the URL that gets the image. For google there exists such a thing to draw area's and lines and markers... But offcourse I need to draw alot of them. The URL is limited to 2000 characters and even when encoded, the paths I use would be too long.
Therefor I was thinking of my own webservice that generates a map out of some shape files I have lying arround here. It's not the best solutions (you would not be able to interact with the lines drawn) but untill qliktech finally realises that their product is running behind the competition concerning mapping of data, it's the closest I'll likely come to BI on maps... Or I should change the software...
If anybody knows how to start on the mapping service, feel free to drop a hint 😉
FYI, I heard from several people there was an issue with the map in Internet Explorer 8. So, in order to avoid this issue, there is one more step you need to do when setting up this extension. Rather than simply loading a KML, you need to change the file name to an XML file. Please see above.
I've also changed the sample documents that are attatched to this post, so everything should work now.
I hope to get it working in the future without this final step, but for now, it should allow you to use it.
This looks great! But I'm having some trouble getting it to work. I've tried under both QV10 and QV11. On initial open, the object is blank. If I zoom in I get some map, which I can slip around and continue to zoom. Big issue is that I never get any coloring.
As a debug exercise, I commented out in script.js:
//window.onerror = silentErrorHandler;
and got this error when I opened the qvw.
An error has occurred in the script on this page.
Error: 'null' is null or not an object
Any suggestions or request for additional details?
When did you download the extension? I just updated it a few days ago. If you downloaded it today, which version of IE are you running? Also, I haven't had a chance to test this extension in QV 10.
I downloaded the file on 13 Jan. I downloaded today and retested with the same negative results. I'm running IE8.
Very interesting extension Brian.
Using maps in a better way than the known "Gmaps + scatter chart" method and also being free, is really useful for a lot of people. I also find pretty interesting the things that can be done with the openlayers API (see http://openlayers.org/dev/examples/).
I tested the "first" version, and could get it to work (had to update to IE9). Also did a test with another maps and worked, but for the moment, depending on the KML, if the region has two polygons only one may appear.
Tuning the KML I could get something like shown in the picture (Cataluña region in Spain).
Looks good. Yes the KML has to be in a particular format. Looking at the US_States.kml file in the extension's folder is a good way to see the proper formatting. The name of the region should be set in the <name> tags and needs to match the region dimension being set in the properties box. Also, if a region has multiple polygons, they'll all be set up as long as they're set up under the same placemark.
Again, taking a look at the KML itself should help.
I'm also planning on getting this extension to work with plot points as well as polygons soon, so it can be more flexible and versatile.
I downloaded your extension but it seems like there is something not working for me (on QV 10SR4).
And actually it looks like there is something wrong with the properties of the object (judging from the guide you included):
I am not able to edit the properties like "KML Filename" and the map doesn't load at all anyway.
Is there any other setting I should be looking for?
Unfortunately I haven't been able to test this extension on versions of QlikView earlier than 11 yet. I hope to find some time soon to do so.