Dipping My Fingers
in Web GIS

Yesterday was the day for learning how to make basic 3D maps. Today marks the day for dabbling with Web GIS interface.

It’s been a very productive mapping weekend for me. And the most awesome part of it was that I did not have my bosses with me when I made these. I had the tendency to often ask their advice when I render some maps during weekdays. I had this weekend to somehow “play” and explore with what I have learned so far and ended up uncovering new features. I have learned to trust myself again after a few weeks of feeling like not making it in this chosen path I had for myself in my career.

For starters, I went for the simplest web GIS interface and here is what I came up with as a demo or basic data. I like the blue marble MapBox layer which served as my basemap in this image below. It’s a bathymetry basemap although I also tried using OpenStreet Map and Google Satellite/Hybrid tiles.

It operates perfectly in Mozilla Firefox, subject to the nuances of one’s internet connection.

blue marble

I like the fact that I began this journey and blogged about my experiences because I was able to track much of the things I have learned over the last few months. And I am amazed because last year, I had nothing to blog about that is of some value to people or peers in my current industry or line of practice except my sad feelings. Hohoho.

So far, I am able to load this in a local host with basic querying and editing functions. It’s really very flexible and modular in form, making it easy to learn or self-study. But I find that I am still not able to dig deeper in the foundations of doing this things, so I still need to study this technology further.

I know that this is not going to be the last time I am going to write about mapping-programming adventures. 🙂

[I still have one more task on my plate today and I hope that I still have the mental energy for one more productive venture. :)]



2 thoughts on “Dipping My Fingers
in Web GIS

  1. I spent much of the fall semester and winter interim compiling and creating the NYC geodatabase (nyc_gdb) , a desktop geodatabase resource for doing basic mapping and analysis at a neighborhood level – PUMAs, ZIP Codes / ZCTAs, and census tracts. There were several motivations for doing this. First and foremost, as someone who is constantly introducing new people to GIS it’s a pain sending people to a half dozen different websites to download shapefiles and process basic features and data before actually doing a project. By creating this resource I hoped to lower the hurdles a bit for newcomers; eventually they still need to learn about the original sources and data processing, but this gives them a chance to experiment and see the possibilities of GIS before getting into nitty gritty details.

    1. Hi Sylvia, that sounds like a very cool project. I try to introduce some basic concepts on my blog, you know, just to get some people interested in maps. Mostly it’s in article format. Yours is more hands-on and more localized to reflect your area of choice, which is quite awesome. Is the download of your sample database free for all? Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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