Geokov http://geokov.comShahram Yassemi Project Initiation: 2009Founder and Developer
Outline• Why a Web Platform?• Geokov Overview• Geokov Map Maker• Data Formats• Data Providers• Sharing & Collaboration• Users
Why an online platform?• No platform (operating system & hardware) dependence can access the application from anywhere with an internet connection and web browser• Access to remote databases as well as real-time data facilitates efficient data and information dissemination, integration, and sharing• No need for specialized GIS software application, database upgrades and debugging are done from a central location• A user-friendly interface with only the essential tools / functionality no interaction with complex GIS software• Facilitates communication and collaboration
Map Maker Geokov Outdoors EducationA free web application providing: • user-friendly mapping and visualization functionality • allowing for integration of geospatial data from various sources
Geokov Map Maker• Regional, provincial or country-wide web page• Interactive map• Different base maps; ability to overlay data• Tools for drawing on the map• Data import and export• Direct data read/write to Garmin GPS device• Distance and bearing calculations
Geokov A Data ConsumerStrives to:• Make data readily available to the end user• Add value to the data
Data Formats• Web Map Service, KML Nework Link, GeoRss – Suitable for dynamic data – Less maintenance – No access to raw data – Dependent on the provider for availability• XML (KML, GPX), Shapefile and other GIS file formats – Data conversion needed for GIS file formats – Data currency issue – Data size issue – Control over data presentation / manipulation – Useful for the user with GIS knowledge
Dynamic Data – KML Network Link e.g. Earthquake, Fire, Streamflow, Weather
Data ProvidersData Used from:• GeoGratis – Natural Resources Canada Earth Science Sector• GeoBC – Government of British Columbia• GEOweb – District of North Vancouver• Land Information Ontario – Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources• Open data shared by individuals• US National Forest Service• US National Park ServiceAvailable Data (sampling of North America):• GeoBase • Data.gov• GeoConnections • Individual State Data Clearinghouses• Government of Yukon • Government Ministries / Departments• Nova Scotia• Alberta Geological Survey Many provinces and municipalities have• Open Data Canada (Pilot) kept their data locked up (collected with• Open Data BC tax-payer money)!!!!!
Data storage / sharing, collaborative mapping Import KML to Google maps My places
Expand user base to utilize open data and communicate with maps Field Worker / Researcher Park Ragner Silviculture Contractor Conservation Officer GIS softwareConservation Group, Mapping knowledge NGOEnvironmental Club Data file types (esp. developing countries) projections/datums Small Town Search &Guide / Outfitter Rescue VolunteerBackcountry traveler Geography Teacher University Lecturer
Thanks to:• Water and Environmental Hub / Cybera Alex Joseph Meagan Hampel• Google
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