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Welcome to GEOG 585 - Open Web Mapping
***Please note: we are currently working to redesign and refresh GEOG 585, and anticipate offering a new version of this course in the 2013-2014 academic year. Please consider taking our Mashups, Spatial Database, or Cloud and Server GIS courses in the meantime. You'll find these courses and many more in our course calendar.***
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Quick Facts about GEOG 585
- Course Structure: Online, 10-12 hours a week for 10 weeks
- Overview: GEOG 585 is an elective course for Penn State's Online Master of GIS. It involves the design, development, and deployment of interactive mapping tools distributed via the World Wide Web and using “open” (non-proprietary, community-developed) standards and software code. This advanced course, specifically designed for geospatial professionals enrolled in Penn State's Master of GIS professional degree program, helps students acquire the knowledge and skill required to design, plan, and implement customized web mapping solutions using open standards and open source software. The course is organized around online lectures, quizzes, activities, a case study, and a final capstone project. Each lesson includes associated readings and discussions about concepts and tools in open web mapping. These assignments are designed to help students progress towards successfully completing the final project.
The course prepares students to design, develop, and implement custom web mapping applications using open standards and open source software. On completion of the course, students will be able to build and deploy a complete web mapping solution including selecting the spatial data, the server and client software. Students will be able to determine which type of mapping server is required for their needs and to explain why choosing an open standard based solution is better than a proprietary solution. The course will cover a variety of open source software packages for web mapping and will provide pointers to commercial solutions where appropriate.
Prerequisite - GEOG 485: GIS Programming and Customization or demonstrated experience in a programming language.