Design and development of Web mapping applications

A course on theory and practice in GeoWeb 2.0 mashups design and development, integrating Google Maps and OpenLayer web services and spatio-temporal PostgreSQL/PostGIS database

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The emergence of GeoWeb 2.0 promoted a totally new user experience in accessing geographic information, pointing at a strong integration of data sources and geographical services.

Traditional technologies, as CSS, HTML, XML and PHP, stay at the core of this revolution, further to new programming paradigms, geographical standards and innovative approaches to spatio-temporal data management, mashups development using web services as Google Maps and OpenLayers, as well as publication of new web services.

The course provides guidance towards design and development of web mapping applications, based on a review of key concepts in web services, distributed architectures, new Asyncronous (AJAX Asyncronous JavaScript and XML) programming paradigm, geographical APIs, distributed databases, protocols and standards (WMS, and WFS; OGC, Open Geospatial Consortium) for deploying and implement geographical web services. The course will then focus on fundamentals in web programming and integration with web services and spatial databases, addressing both client and server sides, as HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, SQL and its spatial extensions.

Different Open Source and free software platforms and APIs will be used during the course, as PostgreSQL/PostGIS, QuantumGIS, Geoserver, Google Maps and Open Layers. At the same time issues of integration of proprietary ESRI ArcGIS platform in the mainstream of an Open Source technological stack will be investigrated, including the potentials in consuming web services and integrating spatio-temporal databases (direct connect, query layers in last release of ArcGIS 10).



The course, adopting a theoretical/practical approach, will cover the following topics:

GIScience project

The course is part of a wider learning project in GIScience and GIS, applications and geographic mashup development, environmental applications. Supported by high-level professional and academic profiles, the project includes following courses:

Following a complex and coherent learning path, after traditional part-time and distance learning philosophy, the course has been based, since its first edition in 2003, on both formal classes and self-learning periods, making course accessibility easier and learning objectives realistic


PostgreSql/PostGIS, QuantumGIS, ESRI ArcGIS, Geoserver, Google Maps and OpenLayers APIs.


Who is it for?

The course is targeted to professional working in the public sector and young researchers that are interested in design and development in web mapping solutions.


Location & dates

The course will take place at the Environmental Education Centre Casa Archilei , located in Fano (PU) and easily accessible from major transport links. The course will have a duration of 40 hours, with 8 hours lesson on 14-15 June, 4-5-6 July 2013



Course fees are 1150 € + VAT ), to be paid in a unique instalment before starting date. Fees are reduced to 1050 € +21% VAT for participants with their own notebook. Further fees reduction is applicable, based on conditions stated below.


Registration before May 30th, 2013
GIScience Alumni
Students regularly enrolled in degree, post-degree and Phd courses at italian or foreign universities at the moment of registration
Education Institutions, public and private companies enrolling more than one person










At the end of the course, participants attending at least 70% of the lessons will be awarded a Completion certificate.


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