CLEAR Research

Maps on the Web

Putting Maps & Data on the Web: An Exercise in Mashup Madness

June 2 & 3, 2009, Avery Point UConn Campus, Groton, CT

National LID AtlasThe National NEMO Network is hosting a workshop on different approaches to putting maps and data on the web.  The workshop is designed for outreach professionals who have access to GIS technology, but do not necessarily have a GIS/Web wizard at their beck and call. From the simplest cut-and-paste techniques to higher tech (but still fairly simple) GoogleEarth and GoogleMaps “mashups,” participants will learn a variety of exciting ways to display monitoring data, innovative practices, program impacts, or anything else you can dream up.

This workshop is being offered to Northeast region outreach professionals in the National NEMO, NOAA Sea Grant, NOAA NERRS, and USDA Water Quality networks.  The workshop will be equal parts lecture and hands-on exercises. It is primarily a BYOL (bring your own laptop) workshop, although a few loaners will be available. Please see the technical requirements section of this website for info on hardware, software, and level of expertise required.

To maintain a favorable teacher: student ratio for the hands-on sessions, space is limited to 30 people.  First come, first served.  A nominal registration fee of $35 per person is being charged to cover food costs.

Questions about the workshop? Call or email David Dickson ( or Chet Arnold ( at (860) 345-4511.


About the Workshop

What it is:  This workshop is designed to get GIS users – or those who work with them -- started on sharing geospatial data over the web. These techniques hold great promise and potential for researchers and outreach specialists who wish to share data and maps with their target audience via the internet.  Sharing geospatial data and maps on the web does not need to be complicated or expensive. In fact, some methods are free AND simple.

Where it came from:  This workshop was originally developed in 2007, as part of a larger project funded by NASA and conducted by UConn CLEAR faculty, in collaboration with the National NEMO Network, the NOAA Coastal Services Center, the National Geospatial Technology Extension Network (NGTEN), and the National Association of Counties (NACo).  A trial run was performed in November, 2007, with guinea pigs taken from the National NEMO, NACo, and NGTEN networks.  Subsequently, the workshop was conducted at NEMO U6, the 6th national meeting of the NEMO Network, in October 2008. 

The June 09 Workshop at Avery Point: The June 09 workshop is the first in what we hope will be a sporadic but ongoing effort to make this training available, in regional settings, to outreach professionals in the National NEMO Network and in the research/outreach networks in which NEMO is embedded:  the USDA Land Grant Water Quality Network, the NOAA Sea Grant Extension Network (particularly the Sustainable Coastal Community Development Focus Area) and the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program.  The NOAA Coastal Services Center and the National Geospatial Technology Extension Network are CLEAR’s partners in this effort.  The June 09 workshop is supported by the National NEMO Network (a National Facilitation Project of the USDA/CSREES Water Quality Program) and the Northeast States and Caribbean Islands Regional Water Program.



This workshop format is designed so that most people in the Northeast can drive on Day One and home on Day Two without incurring unreasonable hardship and/or the wrath of their spouses/families/significant others.   This agenda may be slightly rearranged but will not significantly change. Instructors include geospatial wizards from CT NEMO, and from the Geospatial Extension Programs of UConn, UNH, and URI.  

Please see Technical Requirements for information on student prerequisites.

Tuesday June 2: Simple Techniques & Basic Mashups
12:30 PM Welcome, Intros & Self-Intros
1:00 PM Overview (preview of the whole range of topics)
1:30 PM Keeping it Simple: presentation
2:15 PM Q&A, discussion
2:30 PM Keeping it Simple: exercises
3:15 PM Q&A, discussion
3:30 PM Snack break
3:45 PM Basic Mash-Ups: presentation
4:30 PM Basic Mash-Ups: exercises
5:30 PM back to hotel
Wednesday June 3: Advanced Mashups
8:30 AM Review Day 1; further Q&A
9:00 AM Advanced Mash-up Madness: presentation
10:30 AM break
10:45 AM Advanced Mash-up Madness: exercises
12:15 PM lunch (catered); Q&A
12:45 PM Applications: Around the room discussion
1:30 PM Rush home to create gorgeous mashups