I work for the biology department at a college in Manhattan, NY. We collaborate with a number of other research institutions and hospitals in the local area, and to better illustrate these connections we would like to design a web-based interaction map showing the interactions between people and facilities. Ideaaly, this would allow a user to view the map and interactively search it so see which resources are available at each institution.
We have found two open source projects that have created Java or Adobe Flex script libraries to make the construction of interaction maps easier. One of them is the RAVIS component of the Birdeye Project ([url removed, login to view]). They provide sample code, demos, and a library of already coded functions that can be put togetehr as modules to build a feature-rich map for use on the web. One of the examples they provide (with full source code) is shown here:
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Take the ".html" link on that page to see the example, which is exactly what we hope to design for our organization. This open source project provides the necessary code as a series of modules, and all of the icons and other graphics.
If you can help us re-purpose this example to suit our dataset that would be ideal. We need the source commented so that a non-technical user left in charge of maintaining the site can add new people/resources to the map by adding them to the XML data file that is used for map generation.
If you can successfully help us complete this project there will likely be several other maps that we will request you to work on for us, billed as separate projects. Ultimately, we need a half dozen or so maps created, showing different datasets.
So far, we have had difficulty finding programmers knowledgeable in Adobe Flex that can take on this project. After looking at the example we wish to model, and the coding requirements, if you feel confident that you can complete the task we can discuss the specifics of this map in greater detail.