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Distributed Geographical Information Science (GIS)

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Geography Building, University of Edinburgh, 1 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP, Lothian, United Kingdom

Part of the MSc in Geographical Information Science (Modular Access for Part-Time Study)

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This course introduces students to the concepts, technology and benefits of distributed GIS services, in contrast to monolithic systems.

The underlying technology of computer networks and the Internet are explained. Emphasis is placed on web-based systems, although consideration is also given to real-time systems and location-based services accessible via mobile devices.

Web mapping systems are explained in detail, including Google Maps and developments in data to feed these systems, together with the impact of Web 2.0, are reviewed.

The importance of standards is highlighted, and OpenGIS and other key standards are explained. Practicals and exercises will examine open-source and commercial solutions to serving geographical data.

Thursdays From 22nd Oct 2013 (5 weeks)

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