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Build a Web Map - Workshop


Web maps - a key tool in the dissemination of information allowing organisations to publish their data in map form on the web. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the technical concepts behind web maps allowing you to understand how web maps can be used and how to build a simple web map. The course is designed to give you an introduction to both the theoretical and practical aspects of web mapping.

The workshop comes with fully comprehensive notes and a USB stick which attendees will build their web map on and take away.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own sample Shapefile to integrate into their own web map.  If you are interested in using your own data, please contact thinkWhere to discuss data practicalities. 

Attending this course entitles delegates to receive 4 CPD points towards their continual Professional Development under the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Chartered Geographer scheme. 

This course is most suitable for: 

Aimed at those with an understanding of GIS, it's functionality and concepts who wish to publish interactive map(s) online.  You do not need any coding or programming experience to attend.

Workshop Outline

Under the Bonnet: How web maps work

In this section of the workshop you will:

  • Get an overview of the different aspects of a web map 
  • Understand how it translates from GIS data on a desktop to an online interactive web map.
  • Understand what kind of data can be delivered via a web map.

By the end of this module you should understand what different technologies can be used to create a web map application.

Using GeoServer

GeoServer is Web Map Server which allows maps to be delivered over the internet, for example as a Web Map Service (WMS). In this section you will: 

  • Explore the GeoServer interface
  • Add data
  • Create layers
  • Learn how to style your data.

By the end of this module you should understand how to create and publish web map services.

Using OpenLayers

OpenLayers is a scripting framework which allows you to create your own web maps.  In this section, you will:

  • Be shown how to create simple web maps
  • Read in your own web services 
  • Display your layers on a web map.
  • Be shown how to consume third party data in your web map, such as Google Maps.

By the end of this module you should be able to create your own customised web maps.

Useful Webmaps

Webmaps can be very powerful, however, they can also easily fail despite technical expertise. In this section:

  • we will look at some of the pitfalls that you can fall into
  • we will discuss how to tailor your map to your audience

By the end of this module, you should understand the factors that create a good web map.  

Cost: £450 (exc VAT)

Duration: 1 day

Scheduled courses run on demand: Stirling, Manchester

CPD Points: 4

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