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What is mappen?


MAPPEN is an online curriculum and professional learning system for Australian primary schools. It provides teachers with 32 expertly crafted integrated units, as well as built-in professional development opportunities.

What is the best part of MAPPEN?

Mappen is a web-based mapping tool. It allows you to quickly annotate and share map locations, add points of interest, find your location on any map. You can save your maps and embed them into blogs or websites in minutes.

What features does it currently have?

After many requests from the community, we added a bunch of new features such as map templates and advanced search functions.

Map templates: Now you can create your own templates for different types of maps (e.g. sales call maps, travel maps, member locations, etc…). You can choose to create a map with just certain fields or add other information onto the map – whatever you want! An example is below:

Advanced Search Features: Now you are able to do more complex searches such as searching for multiple locations on one map ( drag + drop ) or filter by geography/states/countries etc… The screenshot below shows an example of a search for all locations in the US and Canada.

Embedding Maps: You can now embed your maps into blogs, websites, or even social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc… It’s great for showing off important project information to others or displaying locations you visit frequently such as client meeting spots, favorite restaurants, etc… An example is below:

Linking with other data sources: We have been working hard on some more advanced features such as linking with Adwords accounts, internal databases, and other 3rd party services (like GEO API). If you are interested in integrating Mappen into your own service, let us know, and would be happy to help out in any way we can! The plan is to continue adding many more cool features – so stay tuned.

How do you use MAPPEN in your classroom?

How do I get started?

Create an account at Mappen.com and log in by clicking on the top right corner link. Once you are logged in, it will walk you through a brief setup process to create your first map (if you have any questions along the way – don’t hesitate to let me know either via email/Twitter/Facebook, etc…). The steps below show an example screencast of what this would look like:

From this point on, everything is done within your mapped map page! Add all the information about the location such as address/location + google maps coordinates/phone etc… You can also save this map for later use or share it with others (clients, colleagues, friends, etc…) via public + private links.

If you have any more questions on how to get started, please let me know and I would be happy to help!

P.S. If you get a chance, please give Mappen a try and let me know what you think! I would love to hear any feedback or suggestions. You can reach me via my Twitter/Facebook account or just drop us an email if needed – we would be more than happy to help in any way we can!

DISCLAIMER: This does not work with Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) at the moment due to issues with Google’s Maps API support. Please use another browser such as Firefox, Chrome, etc… until IE8 is supported correctly again. Sorry for the inconvenience but it’s beyond our control at this time unfortunately

How To: Setup Authenticated Access to the GT.M Database Server via SSH – Policy-Based Authentication Posted by Karl Wehrs on Wednesday, October 31, 2010, in Assembler Shell Scripting (No Comments) In order to access policy based authenticated resources you need a way to authenticate from the command line with Unix Password Authentication or any other type of authentication that is configured for your user account. If you are accessing an SQL database server like IBM’s DB2, Oracle or Ingres then you need some sort of daemon process running on the host system that handles client requests and issues Unix password authentication challenge/response to clients who are connecting from a remote system. Unix passwords are stored in the /etc/passwd file, so we will be writing a simple shell script that uses the Login program (which is part of the PAM suite) for authenticating with our GT.M database server using ssh command-line utilities

The scenario: We have an application running on Red Hat Linux which interacts with GT.M via TCPIP sockets (IBM Datacap). Our client has a small development staff that needs access to the GT.M database server remotely from their workstation running OS X or even Ubuntu Linux but they don’t want to give them root-level access over SSH. The developers already have Unix accounts created locally on their development workstations and the client’s security management group would like to set up policy-based authentication with Unix passwords on top of SSH which will allow them access to a specific environment set up for them.

The requirements: The developer team needs to get policy-based authenticated access via ssh without requiring a password every time they log in. They also need only read-only access to their own defined databases, tables, and views in order to do development work for their application since this is not a production database server available which requires fine-grained control over who has access and what they can do inside of it. We want each user account created specifically for the developer’s application running on Red Hat Linux that is used as an interface between GT.M and our applications written on other Unix platforms. These developer accounts need to be added to the /etc/passwd file or any type of database so that we can perform a Unix password authentication challenge-response from another host system with a shell script. If anyone has already set up policy-based authentications using ssh, pam, or switch on GT.M then please share your experience in the comments section below including how you set this up and what it was like for you!

We are going to start off by creating three test users named: TestUser1, TestUser2, and TestUser3 with local user account names of gtmuser1, gtmuser2, and gtmuser3 respectively. Just create these accounts ahead of time on Red Hat Linux so that the gtmuserX users will already be created when we start-up thanks to the pam-auth-update command. You can use system-config-authentication from the PolicyKit GUI program which was installed along with pam and switch. The GT.M database server is running on a system named grampus2 configured as a client for DB2, Oracle, or Ingres using TCPIP sockets (IBM Datacap). The client hostname is ‘grampus1’ and its IP address on our private LAN: While you are logged into your GT.M database server do a ps -ef | grep db2sock command to find out what database server name and port number is being used for this client.

To start off we need to configure the /etc/pam.d/system-auth file which is where system-wide authentication policy for all services using PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module) can be configured in a centralized fashion instead of configuring them on a per-user basis in the /etc/passwd file. The first step is to create a new Unix password entry into the GT.M database that represents an account named ‘testuser1’ whose shell or login program will launch upon successful authentication so that we can test this functionality out by issuing some ssh commands later

What is mappen?

MAPPEN is an online curriculum and professional learning system for Australian primary schools. It provides teachers with 32 expertly crafted integrated units, as well as built-in professional development opportunities.

Why build mappen?

I travel often for work and it’s frustrating to have to search through a bunch of different tools to get all the information about my trip such as date + time, address, location in google maps + GPS coordinates, etc… It takes way too much time just to get all these fields filled out when sending an email/text message with this info needs that I’m visiting clients. Mapping all this was also not very simple either (i.e. search for an address, get GPS coordinates, etc…). Mappen was built as the solution to this problem I often encountered and thought there had to be an easier way than doing it all manually myself.
At work, we use a wide variety of different tools (Adwords, analytics, micro sims, etc…) which are built/have their own mapping dashboard features. These dashboards allow you to export your data into .csv files so that you can pull that information into other systems such as excel or whatever another analysis tool you may need but they don’t really offer a solution for saving all your maps in one place or sharing them with others visually on the web. I wanted another simple solution that anyone can use and easily share with others.

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