Animated and Web-based Mapping
Course Number: Geog 575
Instructor/Department: Robert Roth, Geography
Credit Hours: 4
The digital revolution has changed how we make maps, how we use them, and how we think about them. The rapid and concurrent developments in desktop computing capabilities, the availability of digital geospatial data, and the growth of the Internet have radically changed the cartographic landscape. In an age where the user has increasingly become their own mapmaker (e.g., MapQuest, online GIS) this course examines recent issues in cartography related to map animation, the Internet, geovisualization, and on-demand cartographic systems—focusing on the new cartographic challenges and opportunities associated with interactive, digital mapping systems. This class will examine both theoretical and practical issues in the design of effective digital maps and mapping systems. Topics include: the representation of change, exploratory data analysis, and tools and techniques in geovisualization.
What will you get out of this course?
By the end of the class you should be able to understand how dynamic maps are made, be able to articulate the conceptual strengths and weaknesses of dynamic maps, and understand where this rapidly evolving field is headed. You will also gain valuable (and marketable) skills in designing and implementing working examples of dynamic Web maps using vector-based animation tools and object-oriented programming. The course consists of two closely related components: lectures and labs geared toward a symbiotic relationship between theory and practice. Besides, making maps is fun!
Prerequisites: Geog 370