A new mobile mapping software that allows users to use Sage software on their smartphones to create and edit maps has been created by a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham.
The team, led by Dr Nick Smith, said the new software can be useful for mapping in areas with limited access to data and information, such as rural areas and urban areas.
“Sage is a tool that can be integrated with the iPhone, Android and Windows phone to create interactive maps and other mapping applications that can then be used to generate and manipulate maps,” said Dr Smith.
“The software also allows users of Sage to edit the maps using the Sage app.”
While the Sage maps are currently being developed and tested, we would like to encourage the Sage community to help with the development of new applications and other tools to enable people to easily share and explore their Sage maps in an easy-to-use, portable, and affordable way.
“The research, carried out by Dr Smith and Dr Simon Williams, involved working with Sage’s Sage community, who have been involved in mapping in the UK for the last five years.”
We used Sage to map a village of about 1,000 people, and we were surprised to see that the terrain was quite different from what we had been expecting,” Dr Smith said.”
There was some grass, lots of trees, and there were a number of buildings that were quite large.
“This could be an example of where Sage’s user interface is more user-friendly, and the app is more intuitive.”
These features are all part of the ‘GIS map’ philosophy, and allow users to generate maps in Sage using the same interface and software as those using Google Earth.
“Dr Smith and his team have also created the SageMap app, which is now available for download for iPhones and Android devices.
The project, which was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the UK’s Department of Health, is the result of a collaboration between Dr Smith, Dr Nick Rolfe and the University’s Centre for Health Research.”
When we were creating the Sage Maps we wanted to use the Sage map software and the tools that we had developed and developed to create maps that were easy to use, that were simple to navigate, and that were easily editable and save as an image,” Dr Rolfa said.
The development of the software has been funded by a grant from the Department of Science and Technology and the Department for Education.
The study, published in the journal PLOS One, involved mapping the area around the village of St John, in the West Midlands.
The work was carried out on the site of the former West Midlands Railway station, which now houses the Health and Education Facilities (HEFA) Health and Wellbeing Centre.”
I think this is something that can benefit all of us.””
We wanted to be able to give health workers the skills and the information that they need to work well with people living in remote areas and rural communities.”
I think this is something that can benefit all of us.
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