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Presentation by Shahram Yassemi on Geokov, delivered at the Water and Environmental Hub track of the 2011 Cybera Summit.

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  1. 1. Geokov http://geokov.comShahram Yassemi Project Initiation: 2009Founder and Developer
  2. 2. Outline•  Why a Web Platform?•  Geokov Overview•  Geokov Map Maker•  Data Formats•  Data Providers•  Sharing & Collaboration•  Users
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Map Maker Geokov Outdoors EducationA free web application providing: •  user-friendly mapping and visualization functionality •  allowing for integration of geospatial data from various sources
  5. 5. Server Client-Server Architecture ClientMicrosoft ASP.NetVisual Studio (VB) Google Maps API Javascript
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Drawing on the map
  8. 8. Base Maps
  9. 9. Import / Export Data
  10. 10. Gridlines
  11. 11. Distance – Bearing Calculations
  12. 12. Geokov A Data ConsumerStrives to:•  Make data readily available to the end user•  Add value to the data
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Dynamic Data – KML Network Link e.g. Earthquake, Fire, Streamflow, Weather
  15. 15. Web Map Service (WMS) – Changing Data
  16. 16. Web Map Service (WMS) – Static Data
  17. 17. Web Map Service (WMS) – Static Data
  18. 18. KML (Static Data)
  19. 19. Power of Mashup
  20. 20. 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 ••  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)!!!!!
  21. 21. Data storage / sharing, collaborative mapping Import KML to Google maps My places
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. Thanks to:•  Water and Environmental Hub / Cybera Alex Joseph Meagan Hampel•  Google