GEOG 863
GIS Mashups for Geospatial Professionals

Assignment: Plot Your Hometown


Given the large dose of conceptual material you were introduced to in this lesson, the project that you'll submit for grading will be rather short. Here are some instructions for completing the assignment.

If you completed GEOG 482 (or GEOG 160 for those on campus), you should have located the latitude/longitude coordinates of your hometown in Project 1 using the United States Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System or the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (for students outside the U.S.). If you have not taken that course, use those tools or any other resources at your disposal to find this information.  (One handy way to get a location's coordinates is to pull it up in Google Maps, right-click on the location and select What's Here?)

Modify your lesson3.html page so that the map is centered on and a marker points to your hometown. The easiest approach to this problem would be to alter the two identical sets of coordinates left over from the lesson. However, I hope you'll recognize that repeating values in different parts of a program is generally a bad practice because of situations like this where you end up having to make revisions in multiple places. So, while you're changing the location displayed on the map, revise the code so that it is as efficient as possible.

Also, be sure that your page passes successfully through the W3C validator without errors. (You will probably receive 2 warnings, which are OK to ignore.)


This project is one week in length. Please refer to the course Calendar, in Canvas, for the due date.

  1. Post the map of your hometown to your e-portfolio. (60 of 100 points)
  2. Below the map, include some reflection on what you learned from the lesson and/or any concepts that you found to be confusing (minimum 200 words). (20 of 100 points)
  3. Find a map built using the Google Maps API that catches your eye, and write a short review of it in the Lesson 3 Discussion Forum. (20 of 100 points)
  4. Click on the Assignment 3 Submission link in Canvas to submit a link to your project page (a link to your e-portfolio index page is OK too, if it contains a link to your project).
  5. Complete the Lesson 3 quiz.