Fall 2014 Open Online Academy and UNAUS Barcelona
Until recently cartography skills where hard to learn. Today, new technologies allow us to download geographical data, use cartographic open source or free software in any computer, or even do it online and store your maps on the cloud, publish them at your own site or print them for your fieldworks. Geographical data is complex. There are multiple formats and reference systems depending on where in the world it belongs and if it was created on a latitude and longitude system or UTM or WGS84. It is still not easy to find what you are looking for on the Internet and there are no meta search engines to quickly find it. Even when data is available, it is so hard to find it, and it doesn’t always match with other sources you have of the same territory because of the different reference systems. Every year, there is more mapping software available, as governments and other public platforms are releasing official geographical data. Collaborative data in software or apps allow sharing geo-referenced information. From freeware, as Google Map or Google Earth, to open source software as GIS (Geographical Information System) to manage complex geodatabase, and other online tools to create maps on the cloud. It is important to understand which are the best resources depending on what kind of map you are willing to do and why. In this course you will learn the most important geographical data resources, understand the data they contain, and be able to use it to create your own professional maps.
Week 1: Understanding a map
Week 2: Understanding and looking for geodata
Week 3: Mapping tools, software, and online mapping
Week 4: Creating your own map in three different ways
– Understanding a map and be aware of what we want to show and what we need
– Understanding the different formats of geodata and reference system and be able to transform them to meet specific needs
– Knowing the main world geographic resources to download official and collaborative geodata.
– Knowing the main software and mapping online tools in order to what you are willing.
– Creating your map in different open source software and online tools in a professional way.
The course takes 4 intensive weeks, so you have to be willing to work hard, practicing with the different resources and software to achieve agility enough to master the mapping tools. 12 hours per week are considered, so 50 hours the complete course.
Multiple choice exams at each lesson and final map evaluated by peer review.
OOAC and UNAUS will offer joint certificates for the course completion.
There is no prior knowledge required, but basic computer skills are needed to better develop the maps. And of course, you have to be a geographic data lover!