Google have announced they will be running their Summer of Code program and this year the FEF is a mentoring organisation.
We're focussing on developing NASA's World Wind 1.3.x, the core of which is coded .NET 1.x and C# - though any .NET language can be used for plugins.
Therefore we are asking the developer community for interesting World Wind development projects they would like to see happen. There are a few catches though. The student will be paid USD 4,500 - so the work involved should reflect that. It should be something that contributes to the further development of World Wind (ie, not improving/obscuring the imagery over your house). It needs to be fairly well defined (porting ww to [insert os] is a little too broad). And it will be released under the same license as World Wind itself.
This page will be the central location for FEF SoC news, but please join in on the Wiki page with your thoughts and ideas.
If you've come to this page from the SoC website, thank you for your interest! Below we'll be putting all the ideas we get through e-mail and the worldwind-dev mailing list - please join in!
Student-Teacher Interaction System
It would be great if a 'teacher' could right click on a layer and click Share, or click on the globe to add a shared icon for everyone to see. Of course this doesn't have to be limited to schools, it would also be nice for presentations for example.
Lots of extra features could be added, for example the host could ask clients to all move to a certain location ("find the Eiffel tower, kids!") and a list would indicate who passed and who failed. Of course the view could be locked or free, could disable toolbars and menu items, turns layers on and off, activate plugins, etc etc.
Easy Data Addition
An interface with which users (even beginners) could prepare any maps/imagery/data they might have (ideally without the need to know anything about map projections) and get it into WW, in a format which could be distributed easily....ome way for individual large images to be manipulated (think Image Overlay with handles), then tiled in WW format with the ability to rejoin as a properly geo-referenced image with a world file or header info like geotif (think Tile Render with more control), as well as a way to easily substitute different map scales at different zoom levels (like USGS TopoMaps). On top of wanting all this, I think WFS/other vector data support is really important to shoot for, and Tiger data should be easily added.
A similar idea from another message:
A streamlined process for getting more data into WW. A stand alone program that can load data from a variety of formats -- terrain models, lines & polyons from shapefiles, points from a geodatabase, ortho images from tiff's in the filesystem, geocoded street network from a WFS server -- and package it all up into distributable WW cache pack. For the bonus round the cache pack can be wrapped up nicely in an installer and plonk an icon down on the tool dock.
The disconnect between clicking on a point of interest which links to web page is a little disconcerting. Often the user can be easily fooled into thinking nothing is happening if the browser opens behind WW, which happens readily when the user clicks the mouse again, refocussing on the WW window, before the browser has a chance to fire up and load the page.
I'm not thinking of a full blown browser, more like what you would see on a PDA or mobile phone. Text and simple pictures, like the Sage RSS extension for Firefox, but in a single column and no menus side or tool bars. Perhaps in a translucent popup window like the layer manager.