Eco-cultural Web-GIS website
For the purpose of promoting teaching quality and strengthening learning motivation, Tungnan University applies Web-GIS as the platform to convert the documents of ecology, culture, and environment into digital information as well as integrate the local tour features and scenery information with instruction system. As a result, this platform provides precise spatial data and environmental information with GIS technologies and user-friendly interface.
Users are able to query geographic locations nearby campus and obtain relevant eco-cultural information through browsing the website. In addition, students can obtain the relevant abilities to measure and manipulate by the trainings of data collection and field survey. Instructors can publish updated data and integrate the course as well to significantly raise teaching quality and efficiency with the system.
Eco-cultural Web-GIS website, the GIS platform combines with campus information, local spatial information, and tourism resource..
The project needs to build a Web-GIS platform, integrated with campus navigation system, local ecology information, culture information, and environment information, to display the maps including e-maps, satellite images, Google Earth 3D buildings, etc. Therefore, the existing “eco-cultural environment” data needs to be managed, streamlined, and loaded to the database. The platform should combine Google Earth, map display, and supplement the collection of tour features and scenery information while building the project.
The purpose of this project is mainly about creating a Web-GIS platform to integrate the campus navigation and tourism information system of Tungnan University. The e-maps and relevant information on the Web-GIS platform can be applied as teaching materials for instructors, while the culture and scenery information around the town can be queried for the general public. Therefore, the platform can be a more complete way to publish teaching resources, provide the tourism information, and train students to have the ability to collect data and have field survey. As a result, the teaching quality can be improved, and the resources can be utilized effectively.
Eco-cultural Web-GIS website is the website applying Web GIS technologies and integrating with tourism resource database. The platform applies Internet Information Services as the webpage server, Microsoft SQL Server as the database platform, SuperWebGIS as the map server and combines spatial data with “eco-cultural environment” data. Thus, the platform can publish campus navigation system and local tourism resources as map services to the Internet. Students, instructors and the general public are able to directly navigate, query related spatial information and tourism information through browsers, like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.
The structure of eco-cultural Web-GIS website.
Eco-cultural Web-GIS website, built by WebGIS technologies, enables students, instructors and the general public to utilize the resources. Instructors can integrate the platform with courses and help students understand GIS related knowledge by learning how to navigate and manipulate the map and raise learning motivation. Moreover, the website also allows general public to browse and query the information about the tour sites nearby campus.
The webpage function interface of eco-cultural Web-GIS website includes two main parts: the map display area on the left part and the Google Earth display area on the right part. The maps on the two parts are displayed simultaneously. While the map on the left part is zoomed to a certain area, the Google Earth on the right part will be zoomed to the same position as well, vice versa.
Users can switch to browse the e-map or the satellite image and manipulate the map functions, like pan, zoom in/out, zoom to full extent, etc. Users can also utilize query tool to query specific tourism information of locations, such as scenic spot, the name of store, address, and phone number, etc. Besides the three-dimensional terrain on Google Earth display interface, the three-dimensional model of campus buildings created by the students can be added to Google Earth display interface as well. Therefore, the map display content can be greatly enriched and students can understand the process of GIS data collecting, managing and displaying by manipulation.
The system will display the tourism information of the area, like name of store, address, etc while users are clicking the map with query tool.
In conclusion, Eco-cultural Web-GIS website combines the existing navigation system of campus with tourism resource database, and publishes the spatial information and tourism information to the Internet as map services style by Web-GIS technologies. Due to the features mentioned above, front-end users can directly browse and query information around campus and town through web browsers. Also, students and instructors can utilize the website as course references, and the general public can query the website for tour guide as well.