With the increase in the amount of GIS data shared on net, our institution is also taking a plunge in it. We have some GIS data in ESRI shapefile format. The requirement is to
make this data available this data to users through net. We want to simply display a static map and let users pan and zoom. The users would also be able to select an area based on a search criteria.Since this is not for any commercial purpose we won't be able to make use of the costly softwares like ArcIMS or Autodesk Mapguide for this project. I am looking for a cost effective solution to acheive this. I understand that I'll have to use an application server, a databse server and a spatial server. Can anyone please suggest me a right combination which is cost effective. I certainly don't expect a large of number of hits on
my site but it should be reliable. Will any opensource solution suffice my requirement ?
There are so many opensource/free solutions mentioned on the site that, its confusing as which one I should consider.
I would also like to know if there are any organizations which has ready to use ASP set up to host web sites that are capable of showing maps. In that case I could just buy the space from them.
Thanks in anticipation