Scribe: MapServer Mapfile Development Made Easy

Julien-Samuel Lacroix (Mapgears)

11:30 on Saturday 21st September (in Session 57, starting at 11 a.m., EMCC: Room 3)

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Description: Scribe helps you edit and manage large MapServer mapfiles easily.

Anyone who has tried to create great looking maps for a large dataset such as OpenStreetMap knows how daunting of a task that can be. Scribe is the solution to this painstaking task. This presentation will introduce this new way to not only edit, but mostly to manage, mapfiles. No matter how much data you have, how many mapfiles or the complexity of your symbology, it will help you sort out the essential by removing the iterative part of the process. Getting rid of all of this error prone copy-paste as well! Scribe is a python script that allows you to write a configuration file instead of a mapfile. The configuration is similar to Basemaps, but simpler to use and less verbose.