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Re: [Geowanking] Advice needed for new course in geography Eric Wolf Mon Jul 18 17:01:12 2011

I forgot about Linked Data! Definitely do something there. Much, much more
important that installing WAMP.

-Eric

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Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734





On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM, Sen Xu <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Sounds like a great course. Being a Ph.D student in geography and recently
> taken a semester class in developing VGI-based application, I strongly
> recommend not getting into SDKs (given the course title is mapping mashups
> and beyond). Setting up the environment for everyone takes about 2 months
> time and probably only 10 percent of the student would use it after class or
> even remember how to set it up again.
>
> Another topic worth looking at is Linked Data. Some resources can be found
> from the GeoVoCampDC2011 (http://vocamp.org/wiki/GeoVoCampDC2011). For a
> second year undergrad course, doing implementation with linked data might be
> too much but the idea of it could be quite inspiring to the students.
>
> Regards,
> Sen
>
>
> On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM, R E Sieber <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>
>> **
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> I'm teaching a new course on Mapping Mashups and Beyond in the Fall. It's
>> for second year undergraduate geographers and I hope it can set them on a
>> path to being part of the next generation of geospatial data
>> handlers/modelers/developers. I could use any help in helping me make this
>> course successful.
>>
>> What I'm thinking of teaching is
>>
>>
>>    - Exploring digital earth architectures (e.g., Google Maps, Google
>>    Earth, Microsoft Bing Maps, OpenLayers, NASA WorldWind)
>>    - Writing KMLs and KMZs for digital earths
>>    - Contributing volunteered geographic information (VGI)* via Open
>>    Street Map (entering, editing, examining metadata)
>>
>>
>>
>>    - Using geospatial Application Program Interfaces (APIs)
>>    - Geotagging and harvesting other geographic content, for example via
>>    web scraping
>>    - Developing online databases
>>
>>
>>
>>    - Installing and deploying the WAMP software stack
>>    - Developing server/cloud-side geospatial applications
>>
>>
>>
>>    - Collecting real time data (e.g., Twitter)
>>    - Working with location based services, for example with the iPhone
>>    SDK** and ushahidi
>>    - Exploring social, political, and legal issues of using VGI
>>
>> Remember that these are geographers so they'll have near zero
>> computing/software engineering skills. Moreover, having been taught GIS,
>> they'll be biased towards a particular way of thinking about geospatial data
>> handling: it's only about making maps; it's desktop bound; and it focuses
>> mainly on spatial analysis. So any advice you have on what I should be
>> teaching and how I should be teaching it (e.g., how much of any of these
>> bullet points) would be vastly appreciated!
>>
>> thanks,
>> Renee
>>
>> * I know, I know. I don't like the term either.
>>
>> **I doubt I'll get to the SDK. It'll be hard enough to get them through
>> WAMP. Here it's probably just ushahidi.
>>
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>
>
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> Sen Xu
> Ph.D Candidate
> Department of Geography, GeoVISTA Center, 302 Walker Building
> Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
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