Web GIS development deals with various technologies for moving GIS (Geographical Information Systems) data and functionality to the Internet. This website is a collection of relevant information and study materials for those interested in learning about - and building proficiency in - this emerging field.
Development of the curriculum material on this site started in 1999 for the Web-based GIS course in the third and final semester of the GIS Cartographic Specialist post-diploma program at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario,
In 2005, the material was split into two courses: Web Programming (#GEOM071) and Web GIS Development (#GEOM076) which are offered in the semesters 2 (Jan-Apr) and 3 (May-Aug) of the newly aligned GIS Applications Specialist and GIS Cartographic Specialist post-diploma programs.
Web GIS Development topics: Autodesk MapGuide, ESRI ArcIMS, open source MapServer, Web Services, and Cartographic Design for Web GIS.
Future topics: modules on Microsoft .NET programming and Integraph GeoMedia WebMap are planned.
This is a work in progress. some parts of the site are still in development, and a few components exist only as a rough draft. Your suggestions are welcome.
In keeping with the web-based theme, most of the materials in the courses will be delivered over the Internet. The quizzes and server-based practicum portions, however, are currently available only on the Geomatics intranet at the college.
The URLs are:
Navigation: A reference to the course and week to which each page belongs is included in the top-left tile on the page. These weekly references are linked to the Site Map... a handy reference to all the lectures, lab exercises, quizzes, and projects in the courses, and the quickest way to get directly where you want to go on this site. A link to the site map is also included at the bottom of each page. In addition, many of the top level pages include a Google Search function for this site or for the Web.
The courses and web site have been developed by Anthony Bonnici, who works as a Principal Technical Consultant at the Vancouver office of Pacific Alliance Technologies in beautiful British Columbia (since 2006). Previously he served as a college professor for almost 20 years and also worked as an independent consultant, specializing in programming, database design, municipal mapping, and web-based GIS (see samples of completed web GIS projects).
AB, 9 Dec 2006