This course will focus on the development of an interactive web-based marine atlas. Participants will prepare a prototype atlas using MapServer, an open source development environment for building spatially-enabled internet applications. The MIDA extension will be used as the interface to MapServer. Participants will be required to prepare products and related metadata records for a wide range of data layers essential for the development of the atlases, including both local and regional data in order to test the functionality of their products.
Earth scientists (preferably with marine or marine-related backgrounds) with responsibility for developing or enhancing national or regional marine atlases.
• To introduce the Atlas Developer to an open source software application to build spatially-enabled internet applications and publish maps.
• To build an interactive map application demonstrator for a Marine Atlas
Students will need to have completed one of the following Ocean Teacher Academy courses:
• Introduction to Marine GIS with SAGA
• Marine GIS Applications (ArcGIS)
• or have completed appropriate GIS training and have experience in the use of GIS.
Students will be required to successfully complete pre-course data preparation before final confirmation of acceptance
Topics to be covered include:
• Review of GIS Formats and Product Specifications
• Review of Coastal & Marine Data Typology
• Generation of raster images and GIS-ready files
• Formatting of vector data in shapefile and other formats
• Assessment of Individual Data Collection Results
• Introduction to metadata (standards, tools)
• OGC Catalogue Service for the Web
• Mapserver Installation and customization
• Rendering Legends for Mapserver
• Introduction to Integrated Coastal Atlas Network
• MIDA demonstration and installation
• Prepare Atlas Prototype Application
• Greg Reed (lead)
• Murray Brown
Note: It is highly desirable for students to bring their own laptop computer for assignments and exercises
UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE
Wandelaarkaai 7 - Pakhuis 61
Period for applications: 18 June - 20 July
Detailed information on how to register and the Application Form available at www.oceanteacher.org