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Plone in the Government

Plone and the GIS: when the map is not optional

Eric Idle Room

Talk details

Language: English
Level: Basic

Ligthning talk proposal

Coming from long experience working with Geographical Information Systems, i have always tried to take advantage of my skills and competences in the development of Plone based applications.

In this lighting talk I'll present two cases in which the integration of powerful Gis tools in a E-goverment application based on Plone-Plomino significantly improves the user experience of the platform. Completing forms, for both enterprises and citizens approaching e-government websites can be really hard at times. Sometimes the forms include complicated requests that users might not be able to get, such as calculating areas or distances. The form-filling process becomes much quicker and easier when a user can find powerful and smart tools, based on intuitive maps and google api, that help him/her in adding missing data.

Here i'll show two examples taken from IstanzeOnline an e-goverment OS platform based, on Plone-Plomino, that is being adopted by a growing number of local authorities in Italy and has generated very positive feedback in the PloneGov Italian community. The Plone-Plomino based e-services platform has been built up with the technical support of Makina Corpus, the software company who develop and mantain the Plomino code.

Speaker details

Roberto StarniniRoberto Starnini
Roberto has been devoloping software for the Italian Public sector for the last 19 years. He has been giving lectures both at University (Genova, Trieste and Venezia IUAV) and at professional training courses. His background is in maths and after a few years spent working as a freelance programmer, Roberto founded GisWeb, an Italian software company aimed at offer the best Open Source Web applications for the management of e-services, integrating geographical information. He works in a variety of programming languages, including Python and Pearl, and has great expertise in DB design (PostgreSQL, Oracle MS Access, SQL Server). His professional specialities include: Plomino-Plone, MapServer, Openlayers, Google Map API, Javascript, Visual Basic, GIS. He is the responsible of the Open Source GisClient project development. Roberto is also the main developer of IstanzeOnLine, the E-goverment Plone-Plomino based platform that has genereted much interest and very positive feedback in the Italian PloneGov Community.


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