This course is an introduction to Web-based GIS. Students will learn about the usefulness and application of Web GIS tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, ArcGIS Online, Volunteered Geographic Information, and Map services (QGIS Server, Mapbox, GISCloud, or ArcGIS Server). Students will become adept at storing and accessing spatial data in the cloud, practice developing Story Maps to communicate spatial data, and learn how web mapping is key to mobile GIS applications such as field data collection. Students will be guided through a series of lectures and hands?on computer?based lab exercises. An end of a semester project will allow students to work on a project of their own design. Course material used are based upon the United States Department of Labor?s Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GCTM) for entry level geospatial occupations including Geospatial or GIS Technicians or Technologists. Prior introductory GIS experience will be required to be successful in this course. This is a lab course. Two lecture hours, two laboratory hours.
GEG 130, or permission of the instructor.