Resource Mapping

Thursday, March 01, 2007

ASSIGNMENT 1: INSTRUCTIONS

Introduction



It has been more than a couple of years now, since Google launched its Google Maps Web Map Service and the downloadable Google Earth application. With this Google also launched the ability to build your own APIs - Application Program Interfaces. An API is a set of routines provided in libraries that extends the programs functionality.

Objective


Use Google Earth to navigate high resolution spatial imagery in both two and three dimensions.

Skills



  • Capture Google images.

  • Make and store place marks (so you can recall the geographical position).

  • Save Google positional data as *KMZ files.

  • Convert spatial data that is in Degrees, Minutes and Seconds into Decimal Degrees.

  • Embed HTML code into your posting to extract another map service called OGC so that you can put interactive Maps onto the Blog.

  • Develop basic HTML skills.



Outcome


Spatial awareness and the ability to use and present spatial information using modern technology.

Instructions


For this exercise you will be using Goggle Earth (you can get the free version from this link) http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html

Identify and describe 10 linked global locations. For each location capture four images at different viewing angles, perspective or locations within the area. The theme of you "World Tour" could be stopover points while undertaking the "Amazing Race", or Formula 1 GP circuits. It need not be biological, but should be interestig and have a near-global coverage.

Prepare a report briefly paying attention to the following:

Desription of your overall theme for the Global tour (500 words).

A brief introduction (description with references, or your observations)for each of the 10 spots you have visited following a heading typed in CAPITALS which also gives place and country. This is followed by the four images captured from Google Earth and saved as a *.jpg file. For EACH image provide a heading in NORMAL TEXT and a caption beneath each image. In the caption you should specify the place, the direction you are looking at it, the width (metres or kilometres) and the co-ordinates in decimal degrees. It is important that the location is provided in Decimal Degrees since this is one way that somebody can re-visit your site. Typing in Decimal Degrees in the Google Earth Search will bring up the scene.

Your report should be in Word format. Using the prepared template downloadable you will have some pre-set styles, which I will show you how to apply in class.

Your report should have the following structure


Introduction to your Google World Tour Theme (Heading in CAPS)

Geographical Spot 1 (Heading in CAPS)
Introduction with some references.

Place Name (Bolded)
Image
Caption (including place, viewing angle, and co-ordinates in Decimal Degrees)

Geographical Spot 2 (Heading in CAPS)
Introduction with some references.

Place Name (Bolded)
Image
Caption
Brief Description and any references

Continue until you have done 10 Geographical Spots.

Submitting your Assignment


Your completed Word document should be named as follows

Initial_Surname_GIS_2007_assignment_1

You will then upload the file via ftp to the following directory

http://planet.uwc.ac.za/nisl/GIS/Assignments_collect/2007

Submitting a posting on the Web


In order to share some of what you have learnt you will put Images of the general area of each of your 10 sites up on this courseware Blog. To do this you will need to define your Boundary Box co-ordinates e.g. the following instruction BBox= -10,35,5,45 will define the bottom left corner with 100W, 350N and the top right corner 50E, 450N. You will need to copy the code from my posting on OGC Map Services.

http://bcb710.blogspot.com/2007/02/web-map-service.htm

  • You will need to remove any spaces in the URLs for the code to work (I had to put a space in some urls to force a wrap around to fit in the main blog window).
  • You can change which part of the world you are viewing by changing the parameters in the Boundary Box ~ BBox=-80,-90,80,90.
  • The above parameters will produce a map from the South Pole to the North Pole and from 800E to 800W.
  • Remember a negative Latitude occurs in the southern hemisphere, and a negative Longitude occurs west of Greenwich. Using a width of 440 will fill Blogger's main frame.
  • It would be best to copy and paste this code into Notepad to ensure that no formatting has been copied and then examine each URL to remove spaces and finally you can modify your map size and Boundary Box parameters to suit your site and intended map view.
  • I used Microsoft Frontpage to test that my co-ordinates are correct and then I simply inserted these co-ordinates into the working code on the Blog page - which has to be done at all three places.


You can copy the rest of the text from your assignment, e.g. the introduction to make your posting more interesting.

Good Luck

5 Comments:

  • Hi Richard

    I cannot upload my assignment! The URL given refuses to open. I will try getting to the planet UWC site as well, but through the URL I cannot access this site either without a login name...

    Anyway, see you tomorrow.

    David

    By Blogger davidvaughan, at March 04, 2007 2:16 PM  

  • Hi Richard

    I cannot upload my assignment! The URL given refuses to open. I will try getting to the planet UWC site as well, but through the URL I cannot access this site either without a login name...

    Anyway, see you tomorrow.

    David

    By Blogger davidvaughan, at March 04, 2007 2:16 PM  

  • Hi Richard

    The Exxon Valdex articulate presentation (Chapter 1) does not work.

    David

    By Blogger davidvaughan, at March 04, 2007 2:20 PM  

  • hi Richard,

    I am trying to upload my assignment but i dont no how to do it.i read the instructions but i am failing to understand.

    By Blogger mankhane, at March 13, 2007 3:06 PM  

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    By Blogger anne1978, at July 21, 2007 8:15 PM  

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