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New Course Release: Introduction to OGC Standards

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Why did we create the course?

Over the past 10 years the Landmap team has acquired a great deal of knowledge regarding OGC services and how to implement them within an Academic- Spatial Data Infrastructure (A-SDI). Past projects which have touched upon open technologies and datasets includes:

  • 2005 - Jisc funded Interoperability Demonstrator Project using WMS, WCS and WFS and working in collaboration with Edina, Center for Computational Geography (CCG), UCL and NERC DataGrid
  • 2008 - present - Development of Landmap Kaia using OGC standards and providing an interoperable web mapping interface to other OGC services
  • 2010/2011 - Jisc funded Metadata Enhancements Project - create ISO standard metadata to embed in Landmap Kaia
  • 2011 - Mimas Linked Data Project - creating RDF of geospatial metadata
  • 2012 - Open Educational Resources (OER) Rapid Innovation Project- included the release of a new image processing course called Introduction to GRASS GIS














                         Unit 7: Geoportal software architecture diagram                             Unit 1: SDI sectors diagram     

Furthermore Landmap has always been committed to providing online educational resources with a Learning Zone launched on the website in 2008. The Introduction to OGC Standards is a new course available from the Open Educational Resources area of the Learning Zone.

How did we create it?

The materials were authored by Dominic Taylor and Joseph McGenn who were interns at Landmap during the 2012/13 academic year as part of the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme. More experienced members of the Landmap team provided advice, editing and testing of the content to aid in the development of the course. In July 2013 a project plan was developed to transition the materials from Word documents into the Landmap Learning Zone using the Content Management System (CMS) Joomla. Further editing of images/ content was achieved during this period and now the materials are available to use by all!

What does the course cover?

The intended learning outcomes of the course are:

  • To provide an awareness of the OGC and the INSPIRE Directive
  • To understand the importance of OGC standards, who uses them and why
  • An understanding of common OGC standards and how they work using HTTP requests and responses in the context of geoportals
  • Knowledge of geospatial metadata standards and metadata catalogue architecture
  • To have an understanding of server-side mapping technology and some of the Open Source options for creating web mapping services
  • To possess the ability to create a basic geoportal using OGC services
  • To use OGC HTTP requests in a range of GIS and image processing packages
  • Knowledge of OGC KML standards with the ability to create basic KML and view in Google Earth




               Unit 4: Linked data vocabularies            Unit 4: INSPIRE compliant metadata standards

The course refers to and uses an array of open source software such as QGIS; uDig; Gaia; OpenLayers; PostGIS; GeoServer; GeoNetwork; Degree and Google Earth.


Unit 6: Open Layers - combining British Geological Survey data with Google Terrain base layer

Who can use it?

The course is aimed at students, lecturers (can form part of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in GIS), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in both the public and private sector and also anyone else who has a keen interest in geospatial data and how to use open software, open standards and open datasets for developing their own web mapping applications or for performing geospatial analysis. The materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Going Live

The course is now available from the Open Educational Resources area of the Landmap Learning Zone within the menu item Geospatial Standards - Introduction to OGC Standards. There is also a wide range of other open access courses such as Image Processing for ENVI, Idrisi Kilimanjaro, ERDAS IMAGINE (v.9 & 2010), PCI Geomatica and GRASS GIS.

Due to the Jisc funding cut this new course and the rest of the courses in the Learning Zone will only be available online until 31 July 2014. The Landmap team is currently working with other groups in the geospatial community to ensure these materials are hosted by another organization before they are taken offline. 

If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement of the course please provide these to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31 December 2013.

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