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multiple locations map zoom - NOT google maps

I am looking at the following link, seeking a software which will allow me to accomplish the following task. http://www.jqueryrain.com/example/jquery-map

We have a lot of hardware out in the field. Sometimes, we might have hundreds of devices in just one large business complex, extending out into which ever city we might be in.

While we have open source and commercial packages to track all sorts of information, the one thing we don't have is a visual of where things are. In some cases, that really comes in handy. I would like to auto generate a map showing where we have routers/switches and other hardware but I do not need any geo location since I have all of those details already stored into a mysql database.

I would like to create this map based on the details that we have stored in the DB, allowing someone to zoom from a large view to a smaller one showing more details as they do. Details only meaning showing basic things such as street, etc.

No one wants to use google, yahoo or others for this which is why I thought I would ask here to see if this is even possible.

I am looking for a free open source solution using jquery. The license cannot disallow open source and/or commercial use in any manner because once this is all completed, I am handing the software over to the owners so don't want them to suffer any limitations.
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GaryCommented:
Whats wrong with just using Google Maps API?
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projectsAuthor Commented:
As mentioned, I cannot use Google and cannot get into why because I don't know. I was told that I could not use those providers. I suspect because the task is simply to find out what/if there are alternatives, hence my question.
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GaryCommented:
The other two that come to mind are Bing Maps and MapQuest

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Scrap that, you want open source

http://www.openstreetmap.org maybe
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projectsAuthor Commented:
Well, in the list which I provide the link to, there seem to be a lot of open source ones which don't use any of the big providers.

I don' t know if any of the big providers offer fully free or x number of updates per day regardless or free or commercial use/offering.
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GaryCommented:
Well openstreetmap above, I've never used them so not sure how it's markers work
There are plenty of map providers but being able to do anything with them is another thing.

The links in the link are using Google Maps or their own maps.
If you want to completely do this yourself you would have to get your own licence for use of the maps from whoever owns the maps for the area.

I really don't see the issue with using Google Maps, you are allowed 25,000 loads per 3 months.
Easy to add your own markers etc.
The only proviso is you have to leave the copyright note for whoever owns the maps (will be different providers depending on the area)
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
The examples in your list that use SVG appear to require you to draw you own map graphics.
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projectsAuthor Commented:
I have emailed google to find out what the requirements are.
If the map was being refreshed every 5 minutes, or 280 times daily, we would be around under 10K refreshes per month.

However, as I mentioned, I don't need any geo information since I've got all that and I think map providers are mostly charging for that aspect if I'm not mistaken.
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projectsAuthor Commented:
Basically, I just want to display resources onto a map using the location data we have in mysql.
Most people seem to need geo information and since I don't, that seems to put me in a awkward place in terms of what I can use without having to pay for geo data.
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GaryCommented:
The only option is to go to whoever is the cartographer for the areas and licence the maps for use in an application.
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projectsAuthor Commented:
Really? I thought in this day and age that anyone could find such maps. Guess I thought that because I see them everywhere.

Google wrote me back saying that because we might have a section which could be considered commercial, it would be between $10 and $20K year. Not sure that is the final number however.
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GaryCommented:
Every map is copyrighted - you cannot just use them for whatever you like (well I suppose you could but that is up to you)
Even the maps Google uses are from a multitude of copyrighted sources.

Unless you are going to create your own maps then you will have to pay someone
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projectsAuthor Commented:
I understand that but I see plenty of commercial software out there, GPS tracks mapping and countless other things which use maps. Surely those small authors are not paying tens of thousands of dollars to use these maps so how are they doing it?
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GaryCommented:
Did you look at http://www.openstreetmap.org I mentioned quite some time ago?
To quote their site
It is fully possible to use OpenStreetMap in a commercial product. The only thing we require is that you credit OpenStreetMap. However we would prefer donations and that you help making the map better
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projectsAuthor Commented:
Yes, I looked at that but it looked pretty early in it's stages. Plus, being open source, it is subject to being goggled up in some way or another once we get going with it.

However, I am much more interested in giving money to an open source entity over Google any day.
I'll have to post another question specifically about this.

Thanks.
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GaryCommented:
They've been around 10 years (not exactly early stages), as to being goggled up unlikely - it's a 'crowdsourced' map system.
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projectsAuthor Commented:
LOL, I think I invented a new term... I was thinking Google when I spelled that.
... Google gobbling everything up.

Thanks. I'll post another question directly related to this now that I have a lead.
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GaryCommented:
;o)
Should copyright it quick
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projectsAuthor Commented:
I have proof, it's right here! :)
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projectsAuthor Commented:
And Google will even index this shortly!
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GaryCommented:
Alas it is a real word
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projectsAuthor Commented:
Ew... not my intended use!
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