Virtual Database of Regional Knowledge

Unify the inormation about one particular place

2. THE IDEA ESSENCE

Let's have a look on two different examples of the region presented in random tourist tools (apps) such the Tripadvisor and OsMand.

Pic. 1 Comparison the detailed map of Krosno (left) and Cambridge (right) in the OsMand app. As you may have notice the Cambridge map is more detailed.
Pic. 2 Aylesbury town (United Kingdom) with 70K inhabitants according to TripAdvisor tourist platform with all remerkable places to visit and feedbacks marked.
Pic. 3 Przemyśl town (Poland) with 70K inhabitants according to TripAdvisor tourist platform with all remerkable places to visit and feedbacks marked.

These both platform are popular in western Europe, however there are less detailed in case of central Europe (also Poland). It can arise out of less popularity of these tools in this part of the World. At the outcome only the most popular places has been presented. It looks more or less the same when you read Wikipedia with her sister's projects. We can get a huge knowledge about some popular places, whereas less popular places has not been presented at all.

Bearing in mind all of these inequalities both between the particular regions and platforms (apps, maps, etc) the essential goal would be combine everything in one, huge and consistent platform. In the result we could have one big information base, available for everyone whatever the time and location. This base could cover each location on the Earth!

This article contains only some solutions, that can be implemented. I have not brought any references yet. I have got this idea due to information flow. Because I am an geograper, more examples will refer to this field.

There is a lot of platforms, which cover a different areas. Within these platforms we can find many portals with maps. One of the best example is OpenstreetMap, which we can combine with Leaflet to create many thematic layers. I have focused on the open source tools only now, although I am aware, that I don't know another ones yet. To summarize this part of the article I would like to present the examples of small villages with a different level of details presented by known tools.

Pic. 4 The Bratkówka village on the most detailed map from the targeo.pl server.
Pic. 5 The Bratkówka village on the most detailed satellite imagery from the Google.
Pic. 6 The Blishkovyci village (Ukraine) on the most detailed satellite imagery from the Google.
Pic. 7 The Vysonin village (Czech Republic) on the most detailed map from he mapy.cz server.
Pic. 7 The map layers available in the mapy.cz server (a photographic map, a tourist map, a flight map, a road map, a cadaster map, a historic map, an urban area map)

As you can see on the examples above, each one presents different, although similar to each other interface presenting the maps of our area. Small villages are usually poor in information, except a small businesses and public places. A helpful tool for gathering the information can be the historic map layer, where the former urban development plan is presented next to the watercourses, etc. Another example can be digitalized the forest maps, getting popupar year by year. In the Geoportal server we can find more detailed satellite imagery. Moreover the OpenstreetMap and WikiMapia Map platforms also can bring a lot of details for us, however there each user can provide and modify the data. In my opinion this is still not enough information, especially for peripheral regions.