EXPERIENCES FROM HANDS-ON WEBMAPPING WORKSHOPS OF THE ICA COMMISSION ON MAPS AN THE INTERNET
G. Gartner1, M.P. Peterson2
1 - Vienna University of Technology, Department of Geoinformation and Cartography, Vienna, Austria
2 - Department of Geography/Geology,University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, USA
This presentation deals with experiences of setting up and delivering hands-on workshops on Web Mapping and Internet Cartography. The ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet includes in their terms of references the promotion of the exchange of information about effective Internet mapping for an international audience as well as the instruction on Internet mapping through collaboration / coordination with other ICA commissions like education and training; cartography and children; or national and regional atlases. As a matter of fact the Commission has set up various workshop formats for relevant topics of contemporary web mapping and Internet Cartography, including Introduction to Web Mapping, Basic Elements, Basic Tools, Interactive Maps on the Web, Vector-based Web Mapping and Server-Side Web Mapping.
Such hands-on Workshops are designed for giving a general overview on using the Internet for cartographic purposes and primarily focus on tools, methodical and technical concepts and design principles for publishing and distributing (interactive) maps via the WWW. Beneath discussing the technical and graphical conditions of publishing interactive maps the hands-on usage of software for realizing web-enabled interactive maps is the main effort. In these workshops no special skills are necessary as usually basic tools are used. The successful realisation of such workshops have taken place in countries like Germany, USA, Canada, Iran, Cuba, New Zealand or South Africa. Experiences from setting up a useful structure of such workshops and the implementation as well as the realisation are discussed in this paper.