Mapping Online - Easy to create professional map mash-ups
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This course teaches you how to make effective map mash-ups for personal or business use. I lead you through several lessons to take advantage of the Google maps interface to mash-up data you want to map. The course videos will allow you to go at your own pace and produce your first mash-up. Along the way, I equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to get ahead of the competition to make great map mash-ups, quick and easy. This course is for students who have basic to intermediate computer skills and no programming experience. Those interested in GIS should take this course.
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|Section 1: Map mash-ups made easy|
|Lecture 1 gives an introduction to map mash-ups and what they are. Some examples are provided to show you what will be the content for the course.
|Lecture 2 gives an introduction to map coordinates. Here we seek to understand lines of reference on earth, like latitude and longitude, as well as conventions for map coordinates. Degrees, minutes, and seconds and decimal degrees are discussed. Finally, I show you how to understand map coordinates in Google Maps.
|Section 2: A Google World|
|Lecture 3 gives a short introduction to Google Drive, which was formally Google Doc's. If you haven't gotten a Google Drive account, please do so. The file I use in this video is included so you can repeat what I show you.
|In this lesson, we learn about the general structure of a spreadsheet to visualize geographic information using Google Drive and Google Fusion Tables.
In this lesson, I discuss if you can use street addresses instead of latitude and longitude and I show you how to implement such an approach.
|Section 3: Map Visualizations - Merging, Manipulation, and More|
|This lesson discusses how to take two or more different data sets that share a common ID field and merge them together.
|In this lesson we learn about the manipulation of icons in our map visualization.
|In this lesson we learn how to understand the pop-up window associated with each icon. I show you how to understand the pop-up within Google Fusion Tables and how to customize it using simple HTML.
|Section 4: Putting It All Together|
|In this lesson we see how to access our map mash-up by making it public.
|In this lesson we put our map mash-up on an HTML webpage and view it a browser.
|Section 5: Beyond the Points|
|In this supplemental lesson, I show you how to include lines and polygons in your map mash-up.
I hold a PhD in Geography from The Ohio State University and have been working with computer-based maps since the mid-1990s. I am a professor of Geography in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Calvin College Geography and have worked on various public and private projects as a expert of cartography and Geographical Information Systems. I have consulted for various people, including the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. I hope you enjoy my courses and I look forward to our interaction.