Archive for March, 2015

Mar 27 2015

TileStream behind Apache reverse proxy

Published by under SL In General

If you’ve got the issue, then you know why this could matter. If not, then just enjoy consuming Mapbox tiles from somewhere in the world.

Craft a subdomain-accessed reverse proxy with this sort of phrase in Apache httpd.conf on a web server otherwise known as your.host

<VirtualHost   tile.your.host:80>
   ServerName  tile.your.host
   ProxyPass / http://localhost:1111/
   ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:1111/
</VirtualHost>

Of course, you’ll need to tidy up name resolution for the newly created subnet alias for your server. Once that name resolves, then launch TileStream in some manner like

$ ./index.js --config config.json

With reference to something like this TileStream config.json

{
   "host":  "tile.your.host",
   "tileHost":  "tile.your.host",
   "tilePort":  11111,
   "uiPort":  11111,
   "tiles":  "/your/local/path"
}

For an organization that wishes to share good imagery via TileStream without allowing trivial access to bulk downloads, this can present an issue. TileStream appears rather promiscuous with its download button.

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Mar 13 2015

FOSS4G North America 2015 – recovery time

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I’m filled to the brim with fresh map ideas from the most amazing crowd that I’ve ever conferenced with. So many ideas were shared with me, many of which change how I view the future of mapping. While there’s still plenty of utility and respect, I sincerely believe that the mapping world has already reached, or is months away from Peak Esri use.

That creates a space for FOSS, and an urgent need to update curricula in the US to keep up. The skills needed are not monolithic desktop apps, but rather freely extensible desktop frameworks—not proprietary servers but those without licensing costs that can be scaled out to cover the world with maps.

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