Marine and Coastal Atlas Development 2012

OceanTeacher Academy Training Course: Marine and Coastal Atlas Development 2012

5 - 9 November 2012, Oostende, Belgium

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.

Target Audience:
Earth scientists (preferably with marine or marine-related backgrounds) with responsibility for developing or enhancing national or regional marine atlases.

Learning Objectives:
• 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

Course Prerequisite:
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

Location UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE
Wandelaarkaai 7 - Pakhuis 61
B-8400 Oostende
Notes Period for applications: 18 June - 20 July

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Group(s): IODE
Label(s): IODE training course , Capacity Development training course
Created at 15:55 on 26 Jan 2012 by Cláudia DELGADO
Last Updated at 10:07 on 6 May 2014 by Cláudia DELGADO

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