PGA GIS Course III: Web-based GIS Mapping

Perk Group Africa Explore the world of spatial analysis and cartography with GIS

Target Audience

Non-GIS Users, GIS experts, Cartographers, Geographers, Geoscientist, surveyors, Planners, Database administrators, system administrators, IT experts, software engineers, M&E experts.


This training focuses on disseminating and processing geographic information by means of the Internet and the World Wide Web. The combination of the web and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has unlocked the potential of GIS and put online maps and geospatial intelligence in the offices/homes of millions and the hands of billions. The increasing flexibility and interoperability of web mapping technologies have opened new opportunities for Web-Based Mappers.

Web-based GIS mapping has immense applicability to e-government, e-business, e-science, and all aspects of daily life. Government employees can utilize Web GIS to improve public service delivery and boost collaboration across agencies. Regardless of the sector, businesses can use Web GIS to enhance their existing business models and create new ones. Researchers can find new solutions to meet the challenges of the new frontiers. Web GIS has great practical value to our world today and into the future.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to key concepts in Web mapping
  • Web Mapping Technologies
  • Designing web services and web maps using free open-source software
  • Reading Data from the various Data source
  • Processing spatial data with Free Open-Source Software
  • Drawing and querying maps on the server using Web Map Service
  • Building tiled maps with Free Open-Source Software
  • Putting layers together with a web mapping API
  • Google Maps API
  • Web-based data editing
  • Publishing maps using open-source software (Geoserver)

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, delegates will:

  • Understand the importance of web services and to give you some experience making web maps with FOSS and open standards;
  • Acquire skills on how to make different types of web map;
  • Understand spatial databases;
  • Learn how to publish maps online using open-source software (Carto DB, fusion Tables, Geoserver);
  • Be able to Read Data from the various Data source;
  • Be able to process spatial data with FOSS;
  • Be able to draw and query maps on the server using Web Map Service;
  • Be able to Put layers together with a web mapping API;
  • Learn how to Explore open data, VGI, and crowdsourcing