Want to make a GIS travel platform

We are trying to make a GIS travel platform, like the attached google or msn sample.
May I know
-what gis software should I use, what coding software should I use
-how long will it take, how big is the work, how many people needed.
Thanks

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mjcoyneCommented:
How long it will take depends on the programmers you have and how quickly and accurately they can work.  By "coding software", I assume you mean "programming language"?  The choice of language would, of course, dictate what programers you hire, or be dictated by the skills of the programmers already on your payroll.

If this is to be embedded in a website, I would certainly consider using Javascript and the API that Google Maps provides, see http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/.
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turbot_yuAuthor Commented:
Just want to know for general level, how big, how many person is the work about.

Seem the google is not open source, can only load from it. Is it true? Any other platform?
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mjcoyneCommented:
Well, neither Goggle nor MSN is going to let you access their database and display their results without at least attribution --  if not payment -- so neither of these is open source.  I don't think there is an open source database of street-level mapping data.

I'm just not sure enough exactly what it is you're trying to do to even begin to estimate what your commitment would need to be.  If you intend to embed directional maps to a few static places in your website(s), it should take one person a day or two.  If you intend to allow anyone to look up directions to and from anywhere (i. e. become the new Google Maps), it'll take many, many more people and a lot more time, and be a dubious business decision at that.
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turbot_yuAuthor Commented:
It need to build a map in IE, may people can search hotels on it. Just like google.
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Adam314Commented:
From your description, it sounds like the google API would allow you to do what you want.  Have you looked at that?  Are there things you want to do that are not supported with the google API?
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mjcoyneCommented:
So let's set aside for a minute programming the client side of it, which is somewhat trivial compared to the big question -- where is your underlying, street level data going to come from?  What algorithms will you use to find the shortest route?  How will you keep your street level data current?

If you intend to build this from scratch, it is a massive undertaking.  How will you insure that you have sufficient street level data to suggest the best route to a given hotel while allowing the trip to begin from *anywhere*?  Think about that a minute, and appreciate how much data that is...

What is your specific objection to my first suggestion, the Google Maps API?  I'm still unclear on why that's not exactly what you're looking for...
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turbot_yuAuthor Commented:
I need mark all the hotels and other things on the map, also can search the hotels by different price. Can google API do it? How to add my data or database or integrate with google map?
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Adam314Commented:
The google API allows you to do what it sounds like what you want.  
All of the information you need is here:  http://code.google.com/apis/maps/

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