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GIST 0291 - Custom Google Maps

Geographic Information Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

Harness the power of Google Maps to spice up your Web site with maps and geographic data. Each week students examine examples of Google Maps and then add that functionality to the Web site that they create in class.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:


  • Understand basic principles of geography such as latitude and longitude, and time zones
  • List some uses for geography on a Web site
  • Explain the difference between XML, KML, and GeoXML
  • Describe a Web server – client environment
  • Explain the role of JavaScript on a Web page

Technical or Software Skills:

  • Create Google Maps with various components that Google Maps offers
  • Find and use third-party data sources for display in Google Maps
  • Create KML by hand from a variety of data sources

Effective as of Fall 2011


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