GIS Data Visualization
Syllabus for Fall 2015 (under construction!)
The table below lists topics and assignments (approximately) by week.
|Week||Cartographic Topics||Technology and Tasks|
|1||Introduction to GIS Visualization & Cartographic Method Read: Wikipedia: "Scientific Visualization" and "Geovisualization"; Peterson ch 1-3; Brewer DBM ch 1; Robinson Forward, I, II||ITS website creation and customization; unix; html; vi, sftp/ssh.|
|2||Maps on the web. Tiles. Mashup. Plotting points Points, lines, and areas. Graphic variables. Read: Peterson ch 4, 10||Google maps API to insert maps and plot points.|
|3||Cartographic Symbology: Points, lines, areas, surfaces. Graphic variables. Read: Brewer ch 6||ArcGIS Basic mapping use; Export maps in SVG and JPG; Add them to your website.|
|4||Design for Web and Screen Presentation. Can one design to suit all resolutions, environments, uses? Multiple scales... Different Projections... Read: Robinson IV, V, VI; Brewer ch 2 & 3||More ArcGIS symbology; Scale; Type|
|5||Simple Interactivity and Planning what happens next Read: Slocum ch 22, 24||HTML Clickable Maps; Image coordinates (vs map, world, etc) and Targets; Python to aid/automate map creation. Make & link Clickable Maps, to change scale and content.|
|6||Google Earth and KML: LOD, scene graphs and vector data Read: kml documentation;||Start to bend GE to your will. Image overlay. Embedded map. Placemarks. Export KML.|
|7||Transformational View||Python to read data and write KML to symbolize it with Graduated Point Symbols. Color. (Map projection?)|
Symbology: Time and Animation
Read: Slocum ch 21
|KML TimeStamps to move points, polygons and view points.|
|9||SVG (a little closer... interaction, animation?)||Writing Python to write SVG to display a map.|
|10||Mid-term exam (around here)|
JSON and GeoJSON as data formats.
Term project idea due about now 1 page outlining the question or problem, the data, and a sketch of the visualization(s) you intend to produce.
Graphic communication and How to Assess what we see?
Read: McKendry & Machlis (2008) "Cartographic design and the quality of climate change maps", Climate Change , v. 95, n. 1&2, pp 219-230.
|I'd like to try a Response Time and Accuracy experiment with you. We'll see whether we get there.|
|14||Probably catching up.||Open lab on your projects.|
|15||Probably catching up.||Open lab on your projects.|
|Final||As per university schedule.|