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Postgraduate Course: Technological Infrastructures for GIS (PGGE11234)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the concepts underlying GIS, including the building of systems and object-oriented computer programming.
Course description This course introduces students to the concepts underlying distributed spatial information systems, including the building of systems and object-oriented computer programming. Such systems have overtaken traditional monolithic GIS software packages such as ArcGIS, to provide mapping and simple spatial analysis for the majority of users. Programming is introduced using the Python language, with illustrations of its use within GIS, together with examples of the construction of stand-alone systems, web applications and mobile apps in the android environment.

The course introduces a basic set of programming fundamentals such as input/output techniques, selection statements, iterative loops, basic data structures, emphasises error elimination and testing strategies in code development. The course also reflects on the technology and benefits of distributed GIS services (web, mobile and multi-computing architectures) and contrasts these with previous monolithic systems. It will illustrate the importance of distributed GIS in corporate and enterprise environments.

The underlying technology of computer networks are explained. Emphasis is placed on web-based systems, although consideration is also given to location-based services accessible via mobile devices and smartphones. Web mapping systems are explained in detail, including Google Maps, Leaflet/Folium, OpenLayers and developments in data to feed these systems are reviewed. The importance of standards is highlighted, and OpenGIS and other key standards are explained (including WMS, WFS, WMTS). The use of these standards to produce a range of applications ┐ from AJAX-based mashups to integrated web services - is discussed. Issues such as service provision, security and privacy will be discussed.

Practical work is central to learning on the course both in supervised sessions and during the participants own time. Practical work will examine different solutions to building systems to serve geographical data and give the students the skills necessary to create such systems.

Programme:
Technological Infrastructures for GIS
The Place of Standards, OpenGIS and Spatial Data Infrastructures
Introduction to Programming
Object Oriented Fundamentals and Program Testing
Organising Python Projects: Testing and Documentation
Building Distributed GI Services
The Battleground of GI: Local Search and Web Mapping
Web Frameworks, GIS Integration and DBMS interfacing from Python
Location-Based Services and Data Issues
Mobile GIS and App Development
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  35
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 100, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 51 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework

Diagram - due Tuesday, week 2 (15%)

Programming Assessment - due week 8 (25%)

Web Mapping Project - due Semester 2, week 1.
Feedback Students will be given feedback on a formative assessment and summative assessments, within two weeks of submission (shorter where a later assessment is dependent on an earlier)
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the value of distributed geographical information and services
  2. Understand the technological underpinnings of distributed GIS, the value of networked information and the organisation-wide deployment of a system
  3. Predict future developments and understand the implications of standardisation efforts
  4. Understand the fundamental principles underlying Object-Oriented software design
  5. Employ formal methods to produce effective software designs as solutions to specific tasks.
Reading List
Anderson, G. and Moreno-Sanchez, R. (2003). Building Web-Based Spatial Information Solutions around Open Specifications and Open Source Software. Transactions in GIS, 7: 447-466.
B'Far, R. (2005) Mobile Computing Principles: Designing and Developing Mobile Applications with UML and XML. Cambridge University Press.
Billen, R., Joao, E., and Forrest, D. (2006) Dynamic and Mobile GIS: Investigating Changes in Space and Time. Innovations in GIS. CRC Press.
de la Beaujardiere, J. (2004) OGC Web Map Service Interface Version 1.3.0, Open GIS Consortium, Inc., http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/wms
Briggs, J. (2007) Snake Wrangling for Kids, O'Reilly.
Dodge, M. and Kitchin, R. (2001) Mapping Cyberspace. Routledge, London
Dunfey, R.I., Gittings, B.M. and Batcheller, J.K. (2006) Towards an Open Architecture for Vector GIS, Computers & Geosciences 32(10) p.1720-1732
Eisenberg, J. (2002) SVG Essentials, O'Reilly.
Erle, S., Gibson. R., and Walsh, J. (2005) Mapping Hacks: Tips & Tools for Electronic Cartography, O'Reilly.
Fu, P and Jiulin Sun (2010) Web GIS: Principles and Applications. ESRI Press. Redlands, Calif. USA.
Gittings, B. M. (ed.) (1999) Integrating Information Infrastuctures with GI Technology, Taylor and Francis, London.
*Groot, R. and McLaughlin, J. (2000) Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Oxford University Press.
Gittings, B. M. (ed.) (1999) Integrating Information Infrastuctures with GI Technology, Taylor and Francis, London.
Hazzard, E. (2011) Open Layers Beginners Guide, Packt Publishing
Holovaty, A., Kaplan-Moss J., (2009) The Django Book, Apress. http://www.djangobook.com
*Kraak, M.-J. and Brown, A. (2001) Web Cartography, Taylor and Francis, London
Kropla, B. (2005) Beginning MapServer: Open Source GIS Development, Apress
LaMance, J., Jarvinen, J. and DeSalas, J. (2002) Assisted GPS: A Low-Infrastructure Approach. GPS World, March 2002. http://www.gpsworld.com/gps/assisted-gps-a-low-infrastructure-approach-734
Lemmens, M. (2011) Geo-information: Technologies, Applications and the Environment. Springer Science & Business Media.
Lutz, M. (2013) Learning Python. O'Reilly.
*Martelli, A. (2009) Python in a Nutshell. O'Reilly.
Masˇ, J., Pomakis, K. and JuliÓ, N. (2010) OpenGIS Web Map Tile Service Implementation Standard. Version: 1.0.0, Open GIS Consortium, Inc., http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/wmts/
*Mitchell, T. (2005) Web Mapping Illustrated, O'Reilly
Newton, A., Gittings, B. and Stuart, N. (1997) Designing a scientific database query server using the World Wide Web: The example of Tephrabase. In Kemp, Z. (Ed.) Innovations in GIS 4. Taylor & Francis, London.
Newton, P. W., Zwart, P. R. and Cavill, M. E. (eds.) (1995) Networking Spatial Information Systems. Wiley, Chichester.
*Peng, Z-R and M-H Tsou (2003) Internet GIS: Distributed Geographic Information Services for the Internet and Wireless Network, Wiley, London.
Peterson, M.P. (Ed.) (2003): Maps and the Internet, Elsevier
Plewe, B. (1997) So you want to build an online GIS? GIS World, 10 (11), 58-60.
Plewe, B. (1997) GIS Online: information retrieval, mapping and the Internet, OnWord Press, Santa Fe.
Portele, C. (2007) OpenGIS Geography Markup Language (GML) Encoding Standard. Version: 3.2.1. Open GIS Consortium, Inc., http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/gml/
Putz, S. (1994) Interactive Information Services Using World-Wide Web Hypertext. Computer Networks and ISDN Systems 27(2), pp. 273-280.
Tang, W. and J. Selwood (2003) Connecting Our World: GIS Web Services, ESRI Press, Redlands.
Tosta, N. (1999) NSDI was supposed to be a verb. In B.M. Gittings: Integrating Information Infrastructures with GI Technology, pp. 13-24.
Vretanos, P.A. (2005) Web Feature Service Implementation Specification. Version: 1.1.0, Open GIS Consortium, Inc., http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/wfs/
Williams, Mike (2010) Google Maps API Tutorial http://econym.org.uk/gmap/
Wilson, T. (2008) OGC KML. Version: 2.2.0, Open GIS Consortium, Inc., http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/kml/
Worboys, M. F. and Duckham, M. (2004) GIS: A Computing Perspective. CRC Press, Second Edition.
Yang, C., Wong, D., Miao, Q and Yang, R. (eds.) (2011) Advanced Geoinformation Science. CRC Press, Boca Raton.
Yeager, N. J. and McGrath, R. E. (1996) Web Server Technology, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., San Francisco.
Youngblood, B. and Iacovella, S. (2013) GeoServer Beginners Guide, Packt Publishing
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will provide the students with a range of highly marketable skills and introduce them to technologies sought after by employers. These technical skills relate closely to the employment opportunities identified by our Industrial External Examiner, professional bodies and graduate feedback. The students also gain skills in logical thinking, project work, organisation and report-writing.
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Contacts
Course organiserMr Bruce Gittings
Tel: (0131 6)50 2558
Email: Bruce@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Heather Penman
Tel: (0131 6)50
Email: heather.penman@ed.ac.uk
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