Mapping Online - Easy to create professional map mash-ups

Into mapping? Got to make an online map for your company? Learn how to create effective map mash-ups in this course.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2012 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • You need an Internet connection. You should also sign up for a Google Drive account now or during the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you will be able to make online mash-ups using the Google Maps map interface and post it to your own website.

Who is the target audience?

  • Those with basic computer skills ready to impress clients and your boss.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


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.

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Jason VanHorn, Professional Geographer

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.

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