Recently I had some business on the European Space Agency (ESA) SME Database. This database lists small and medium sized companies that have been cleared or granted privileges to work as contractors for the ESA.
The primary public access to this database is a long tabular list of company names and addresses. This data can be better presented today by overlaying it on an interactive map instead of a list. Using such a format can also make it easier for people to browse and investigate opportunities in specific areas.
So, in the spirit of being the change you want to see, I set out to create an offline parser (.NET) to source the list of companies from the SME database and then a simple PHP website to render the results onto a nice modern map (in this case Google Maps).
First version is done and you are welcome to use it:
This first version is very basic. Currently the following improvements are planned
More details about companies shown when the markers are clicked
2015-01-11: Page now shows company fields of expertise as well as contact information
- Filter companies by their sector and project types
- Select companies and print a list for future reference (in case you're job hunting)
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