Database of coordinates to plot on web map

Posted on 2004-11-15
Last Modified: 2011-04-14
I'm currently looking for ways to plot database stored coordinates to some type of web-enabled map.  Any recommendations regarding software we might use?

Database: SQL Server 2000
Desired Result:
Database coordinates plotted on web map.  The map must also have drill-down capability for each of these plotted locations.  For example, 3 people are located in Ten-buck-two, Poland.  I should be able to see or click on this location to see the total people at this location along with any other additional drill-down info we want the user to see.
We have full control over the web server(s), so whatever recommendations you provide would be great.
Thank you for your insight.

Question by:jayme9
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    If you are looking into web map service, ArcIMS is pretty good one and compicated one as well. Here is an example of using it:
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    I used to tell people to purchase MapINFO before their pricing structure became based on a per asset basis.  I am now looking at implementing Maptitude (
    The solutions get better the more you spend and this one was extremely reasonable for what I needed
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    To break my norm, I have to suggest using the Microsoft MapPoint Webservices. I hate being almost forced into using java or .net to access it but I have to say they have the most simplistic interfaces in any package I've seen. I current deploy it for my project
    ( and it works great. is a sample of the out put that it can offer (that shows a live map of my current position). If that is what you are going for then go for it. Find more information at on how to get it.

    Hope that helps.

    Zac Bowling
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    I'd suggest using AspMAP, this is a control that could be used in traditional ASP, or ASP.NET applications very easily, ( I´ve just downloaded the trial version which includes a very good set of sample applications. It's not free, but the price is reasonable.
    If you are using PHP or PERL, you should look into Minnesotta Map Server (, which is open source software and can be controled programmatically with scripting code (although this would be more complicated to set up).

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    Forgot all of those expensive, and prone to crashing often, solutions:use mapserver. Free, best tech support you'll find.

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