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The Serval Maps application was recently used during KiwiEx 2012 exercise. Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen, project co-founder and lead researcher, attended the exercise. He has a few posts up already about his experiences  and .
This was an exciting opportunity to field test the Serval Maps application and some valuable lessons were learned, including:
The Serval Maps application uses binary files and the Rhizome capabilities of the Serval Project software to share information between devices on the AdHoc mesh network. At the discretion of the user it can also generate JSON files using the GeoJSON format.
These JSON files were used to populate a website to share information with people who were not participating in the exercise. The JSON files were collected using Rhizome by Dr Paul and then uploaded to our server via a satellite connection.
In keeping with open standards and data formats the website used OpenStreetMap in conjunction with OpenLayers to generate the map on the webpage. By the end of the exercise the website looked like this:
Using the data that was collected I undertook development of the Serval Maps Data Manipulator application. The intention of this application is to offer ways of manipulating data that is created by the Serval Maps application.
The result of these tasks is a map which looks like the screen captures below:
I’m very pleased with the result and the field testing has been very valuable in providing feedback on the existing application, highlighting areas for improvement and indicating directions for future development.