GEOG323-1 Exercise - Exploring UVic Data with Open Source Desktop GIS Tools

GEOG323-1 Exercise - Exploring UVic Data with Open Source Desktop GIS Tools

Synopsis: Students will download an open source desktop GIS tool and load some UVic base map data.

Possible Course: 323

Learning Outcomes: (1) Students will become comfortable with basic web-mapping skills. (2) They will contribute to a campus-wide participatory planning process - asset mapping

Geospatial technologies come in many forms, from mapping to data analysis applications. Using them has traditionally required professionals trained in geospatial information management. While geospatial professionals have been the main users and developers of geospatial applications, the landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years.

The development of open source geospatial software is an exciting part of the new geospatial landscape. Open source project offerings cover the spectrum of tools: command-line data conversion, spatially aware enterprise databases, internet mapping applications, desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) applications, geoprocessing libraries, and more. Eager developers, companies and organizations are collaborating on the new generation of geospatial technologies, providing desktop and server-side applications, APIs, and development platforms that are changing the way we work and do business.

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Suggested Instructions

  1. Download, install and launch Quantum GIS. This may already be loaded onto your laboratory computer.

  2. Click on the 'Add Web Mapping Server Layer' button

  3. Click 'New'

  4. Give the link a title and paste in the GetCapabilities URL, click 'OK'.

  5. Click 'Connect' and you will see a listing of all the layers available from our server. Click on the layers you want to use. Note that the server is set-up to return the map in tiled PNG files. And note that the Coordinate System for the map data is NAD83 / UTM zone 10. Click 'Add'.

  6. Explore the data!