GEOG 585
Open Web Mapping

GEOG 585: Open Web Mapping


Quick Facts about GEOG 585


Geography 585: Open Web Mapping gives you experience with sharing geographic information on the Internet using free and open source software (FOSS) and open specifications. You will use QGIS, GDAL, OGR, GeoServer, Leaflet, and OpenStreetMap throughout the course.

It is an elective in the Penn State Master of Geographic Information Systems degree and the Master of Science in Spatial Data Science degree.

Learn more about GEOG 585, Open Web Mapping (1 min, 7 sec)

Click here for a transcript of the course introduction video.

Hello. My name is Panagiotis Giannakis, and I'm an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Pennsylvania State University. I'm also one of the instructors for the open web mapping course.

This course has been designed to give you the necessary skills and knowledge to create your own web maps using free and open-source software. More specifically, you will learn how to create the necessary web mapping services and utilize your own data to create unique custom and interactive web maps. We do not try to advocate or promote free and open-source software over proprietary software. In the open web mapping course, you will get familiarized with the capabilities and the shortfalls of free and open-source software. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision about the software solution you will use for your own future web mapping projects.

I have been teaching this course for many years and I have worked with students who did not have a very strong technical background, and through the course they were able to produce some very interesting and amazing web maps. I'm really excited to see what you will be able to create by the end of the semester!

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Want to join us? Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback and earn academic credit. For more information, visit Penn State's Online Geospatial Education Program website. Official course descriptions and curricular details can be reviewed in the University Bulletin.

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