Module M13 - Participatory Internet-based Mapping

Unit M13U01 - Basics of Web-based Mapping


This Unit introduces the trainee to the basics of Internet cartography, including ways that online maps can be used (e.g. to promote territories or document patterns of land use) and the benefits that can be realised by communities using existing online maps. The trainee will be familiarised with the background of the underlying technology and the use of Web-based mapping. A review of available online mapping tools (e.g. Google Maps, Google Earth, Google SketchUp, Wikimapia, NASA World Wind, Picasa Web Albums and YouTube) will be presented, including a brief demonstration of how these tools might be used. This will be complemented by examples of how these technologies are being used (e.g. mapping mashups) and why map makers may wish to employ Web-based tools.

Unit objectives / expected outcomes

After the completion of the Unit the trainee will be able to:

  • discuss the applications of the GeoWeb;
  • describe the Web 2.0 and list some examples;
  • specify the uses of the Internet and uses with respect to community participation;
  • list and describe the benefits of Internet-based mapping.

Content outline, main topics covered and suggested sequencing

This Unit focuses on the topics listed below:

  1. Introduction to Web-based mapping platforms and development-related project initiatives (PPT No. 1 and Exercises No. 1–No. 5) (2 hrs and 10 min)
  2. Reflection on benefits and limitations in the use of these technologies (brainstorming) (20 min)

Components of the Unit


Handouts for Trainee (to be distributed in printed format):

Handouts for Trainee (to be distributed in digital format)



2 ½ hrs

Additional trainer resources

Equipment needed

One beamer, one computer for the trainer, one computer, monitor and headset for each trainee, broadband Internet connection

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