Ireland map with clubs on it

12 years 7 months ago #40171 by dmcdona
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Trevor - that looks excellent.

Dave L - what are your co-ordinates? I'll take a look.

Dave

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12 years 7 months ago #40174 by Seanie_Morris
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Just adding my own little 2 cents worth:



Each 'magnifying glass' can be a hotspot link to the actual club's own homepage, or IFAS page.

Seanie.

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12 years 7 months ago #40184 by dave_lillis
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To quote you Seanie, "bigger!" I dont like that fact that the Shannon estuary is missing, puts me way more inland then I'd like :lol:
Is it not possible to have the IFAS logo at each location and when the mouse hovers over the point, it brings on a drop down menu for the clubs website and you can go click it.

Trevor, I like your map also, is there a way of toning down the road lines, they are too emphasised and distract too much, I really am on for the idea of using the IFAS logo to donate positions, it makes it more all encompassing..
Would it be possible to have the marker exactly over the meeting position of each club, in Limerick it would be Mary I college, and have its size static so when you zoom in, the marker stays the same size, thus pinpointing the club meeting location.

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12 years 7 months ago #40185 by Seanie_Morris
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Hi Dave,
firstly, my size, I was thinking space-friendly, in that it could be placed on the homepage. I can change it to include the Shannon Estuary!

To do the drop-down menu:yes, it can be done. But why make the user jump through hoops? If a map, such as this (for example) was to be placed on the homepage, then the location donation abbreviations would compliment the list of clubs along the left side of the page it would normally be viewed on.

Are we (in general, 'we') thinking making the map go onto a seperate page? or part of the 'intro' on the homepage? I'd prefer the latter, because it gives a good 'at-first-glance' look at IFAS's coverage.

S.

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12 years 7 months ago #40186 by dave_lillis
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I just looks a bit cluttered, maybe remove the gold disks and have the name over the location?
I think it would look better on the fornt page also.

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12 years 7 months ago #40187 by michaeloconnell
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Nice work lads!

Trevor,
I like your map. I think it should be used in some fashion as it would be useful for driving directions.

Seanie,
Your format of map is on the right track for use on the front page. My personal preference would be to remove the magnifing glass and incorporate the gold dot into the silver tag which contains the name of the club. This would tidy it up a little.

Overall though, we're on the right track.

Regards,

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12 years 7 months ago #40192 by TrevorDurity
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Hey guys,

is there a way of toning down the road lines

hmm, that's a good point. Unfortunately the API doesn't support doing this. It will only display one of the 3 types: normal, satellite & hybrid.

I really am on for the idea of using the IFAS logo to donate positions


That wouldn't be a problem. The API supports custom icons.

Would it be possible to have the marker exactly over the meeting position of each club, in Limerick it would be Mary I college


It should be possible to use geocodes for this. Unfortunately they (Google) have been a bit lax in indexing Ireland. e.g. it would work for Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Tralee, Galway, Limerick and quite a few others but there are some gaping omissions; Tullamore for instance hasn't been indexed, so the club's street address would not be recognised!
The marker can be made to stay the same size no matter what the zoom level.

The downside to using these maps is the need for an exact coordinate if google does not know the streets in the locale.

So if those issues are problematic for ye I would suggest going with Seanie's version.

Anyway, I'll update the map shortly to show a few geocoded entries and the new icon.

Cheers,

Trev

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12 years 7 months ago #40195 by voyager
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I'm envisioning this map on the "clubs" page. There is no room for it on the home page. The idea of the home page is that it contains the dynamic data (not quite a reality yet). The idea being that the stuff there changes. That makes the site much more dynamic and makes the front page useful.

Bart.

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12 years 7 months ago #40199 by TrevorDurity
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Ah nuts! Hit a snag I didn't notice before as I mainly deal with the US.
Google doesn't support geocoding in Ireland! Worse still Anpost have the data but charges a fortune to let you get the coordinates of street addresses (free almost anywhere else in the world, including the US).

Sorry, that kind of puts the kabosh on getting the maps down to street level. Which means that if someone does zoom in it would show the club somewhere near the town but in the wrong location.

Sorry about that guys, never expected this to be the case. Short of bringing a GPS receiver into each club I wouldn't have an accurate enough location.

Cheers,

Trev

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12 years 7 months ago #40204 by dave_lillis
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Does this mean Trevor that we've given up on this google idea and that we'd be better off (as there is no real gain) using a static map.
Do we really need to include a road map of Ireland so that people can find club meetings ?

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
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12 years 7 months ago #40205 by albertw
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Sorry about that guys, never expected this to be the case. Short of bringing a GPS receiver into each club I wouldn't have an accurate enough location.


maporama or google earth can give the lat/long. It will just need someone from each club to check and give the details. That should be good enough for plotting where the club meets, people will have to make up their own driving directions from looking at the map!

I use 53.318608, -6.248592 as the coords for Gonzaga on the google map on the SDAS site. www.southdublinastronomy.org/wiki/Gonzaga_College

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12 years 7 months ago #40206 by Frank Ryan
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yeah but the google one looks way cooler.
What about using a light pollution map of ireland off the google site
with just little telescopes as markers with the club enitials on 'em?

Y'know where it has a list of IFAS clubs on the main page.
wouldnt it be cool to have a map of ireland
and on the markers when you hover over 'em the club name appears
and when you click it you go to the site?

I think actually now that I'm thinking about it I could make one up
ans an image with imbedded html....

or is it a case of too many cooks?

ah to hell with it...i'll do it ,,,its fricken cloudy out! :D

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12 years 7 months ago #40207 by TrevorDurity
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ooh, hadn't tried Maporama Albert. Perfect for the big cities as it can find major streets. Thanks for that. I was just about to give up on it. Funny, SDAS was the one I was using for the tests.

I'll try and find the correct coords for the other clubs and put them in & will update the logo as well. Will let ye know which clubs, if any, that I can't find.

wouldnt it be cool to have a map of ireland
and on the markers when you hover over 'em the club name appears
and when you click it you go to the site?

I'm using a click event to show the club details with a clickable URL in the info window but I think that can be changed to a hover.

its fricken cloudy out!

that's a shock Frank! :wink:

Trev

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12 years 7 months ago #40208 by dave_lillis
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ok, so its not a dead duck, we could use google earth to get the co-ordinates of all the club meeting places,
shannonsides is at
52D 39' 11.40" NORTH
8D 38' 21.17" WEST

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
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Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
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12 years 7 months ago #40209 by ftodonoghue
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I thought the idea was to have the map on the home page,where people can see at a glance what clubs are near them.

Cheers
Trevor

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12 years 7 months ago #40210 by dave_lillis
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I agree Trevor, this is what I originally had in mind, and place it between the Welcome and Beginners Section,
Seanies map is perfect for the job, its the right size, it just needs a blue sea and a more neat icon system for I.D.ing each club.
Seanie, if you havent got time to be playing around with the map, send it to me and I'll quickly do up a nice jpg with several icon options, you can pick the one you like and expand/mod it, I just want to get something up there.

As for this google earth strategy, it wont work on the front page, put it as a link off on another page if need be.
How about we keep it easy first off and get the "simple" map up and running first.
If you want to talk about the front page, can someone remove the CSP details, they are no longer relevant and can someone please fix the typos on the page.

If someone wants to send me instruction in a pm/email on how its done, I can do it! We cant expect Bart to do everything around here.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
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12 years 7 months ago #40211 by Frank Ryan
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hear hear!

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12 years 7 months ago #40212 by voyager
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I thought the idea was to have the map on the home page,where people can see at a glance what clubs are near them.


In that case it's limited to 200px wide.

How about a small version on the home page that you click on to go to the clubs page where you have the full-sized map? REplace the list on the home page with the small map. It would probably say more and look better than the list does.

Bart.

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12 years 7 months ago #40213 by voyager
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CSP announcement gone.

If people can send me the HTML (and CSS & JavaScript if any) and images for both a small 200px wide map for the home page and a big shinney do everything one for the clubs page then it's only a small job for me to merge them into the existing site ... well ... relatively small. The club details all come out of a database so they can be easily edited and are not hard-coded in so I'll have to add some fields for coordinates into the database but it's a lot less work for me if others can get a stand-alone version up and running!

Cheers for all the work you guys have put in so far!

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12 years 7 months ago #40217 by dave_lillis
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thats great Bart,
How about this as the icon at the bottom left of the front page,

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/376364709_6604d06de7_o.jpg

click it and you go to the page with the big map (clubs page), what to you think ??
Its difficult to get a colour scheme that looks great with the main page colour scheme.

It up to you Trevor to come up with the big bells and whistles map with all the clubs in it,

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Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
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12 years 7 months ago #40220 by voyager
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thats great Bart,
How about this as the icon at the bottom left of the front page,


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/376364709_6604d06de7_o.jpg

click it and you go to the page with the big map (clubs page), what to you think ??
Its difficult to get a colour scheme that looks great with the main page colour scheme.

It up to you Trevor to come up with the big bells and whistles map with all the clubs in it,


Yea, something like that but perhaps with the clubs on it? And definitely more in tune with the colour scheme.

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12 years 7 months ago #40221 by Seanie_Morris
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Well, I can tune up my map, add the blue sea, and remove the gold dots perhaps, just leave the labels? Is my one too big?

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12 years 7 months ago #40222 by TrevorDurity
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Howdy,

Managed to get the addresses of many of the clubs and integrated to the map + the marker icon is now using the IFAS one.

These are the clubs I could not get the correct information for. They are just linked to their town for the moment.

Deise - Dungarvan
Deise - Waterford
Sligo - No website?
Tullamore - not mapped!
DCU - No website?
Slaneyside - could not find any info on this

The others should probably be checked by someone in the relevant clubs just to make sure it's not off by much (most sites are just linked to their respective roads).

If this is OK I'll cut out the relevant bits for Bart to put on a new page. As the correct locations of the above clubs are found it's a small text change in the file to fix.

thelunarscape.com/ifasmap/

BTW the logo was just a quick & dirty one. Can be changed easily. Should be something around 30x35 or so. Will chat with Bart on this one.

Thanks,

Trev

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12 years 7 months ago #40223 by Seanie_Morris
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For the heck of it...





S.

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12 years 7 months ago #40224 by dmcdona
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Trevor - that looks great.

There seem to be two location pointers for KAS... And no map of Newbridge...

Cheers
dave

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