Google Maps

The Google Maps plugin allows a map window to be quickly added into a custom CWIS interface, drawing the information displayed on the map from Point metadata fields in resource records.


The Google Maps plugin provides a variety of different methods to display geodata.

In the simplest of these methods, a metadata field is selected in the plugin configuration and a CWIS event is signaled from an interface file to generate a map. Points are displayed on the map to represent the data contained in the selected field.  Fields can either be a Point which contains latitude/longitude data or a Text field which contains a street address. Then, the following code needs to be inserted in your custom interface to signal the CWIS event:

<style type="text/css">
  .GoogleMap {
    height: 500px;
    min-width: 1px;

An SQL query can also be specified in the plugin preferences as a source of geodata.  In this case, any subset of resources can be selected, or points displayed on a map can be synthesized and need not correspond directly with particular resources.

More complex methods allow for a great deal of customization in terms of what data is displayed and how.  Internally, the plugin uses a PointProvider function to generate a list of points, and a DetailProvider to generate the contents of the info bubbles above individual markers.  In the above example, the built-in providers were both used.  However, they can also be overrideen with your own custom functions.  A custom PointProvider can modify the colors and styles of map markers, and a custom DetailProvider can display arbitrary HTML in the info bubbles.

See the comments in plugins/GoogleMaps/GoogleMaps.php in your CWIS site for complete documentation.


Google's servers must be able to fetch a file from your site in order for points to be properly displayed

Third-Party Integration
Included in CWIS: 
Version Downloads Date
1.2.5 Package icon zip 6/13/2013
1.2.4 Package icon zip 11/20/2012