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Geospatial Data Visualisation in Geomatics Curriculum

ČERBA, O., JEDLIČKA, K., JEŽEK, J. Geospatial Data Visualisation in Geomatics Curriculum. In 24th International cartographic conference : conference proceedings. Santiago: International Cartographic Association, 2009. s. 1-8. ISBN: 978-1-907075-02-5
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: Geospatial Data Visualisation in Geomatics Curriculum
Rok vydání: 2009
Místo konání: Santiago
Název zdroje: International Cartographic Association
Autoři: Ing. Otakar Čerba , Ing. Karel Jedlička , Ing. Jan Ježek
Abstrakt CZ: Studijní obor Geomatika byl založený v roce 1995 na Fakultě aplikovaných věd Západočeské univerzity v Plzni (Česká republika). Výuka geověd má na ZČU delší historii. Český kartograf Jiří Pyšek založil studium matematické kartografie na Fakultě pedagogické v roce 1991. V současné době existují tři hlavní specializací na oddělení Geomatiky: geodézie a katastr nemovitostí, geografické informační systémy a kartografie. Existuje jedno pojítko všech tří specializací -- potřeba vizualizace geoprostorových dat prostřednictvím kartografických metod.
Abstrakt EN: Studies of Geomatics have been founded in 1995 at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (the Czech Republic). But a teaching of geo- related sciences has longer history at our university. It was Czech cartographer Jiří Pyšek, who had founded studies of mathematical cartography at the Faculty of Education in 1991. Presently there are three main specializations at the Section of geomatics: surveying and cadastre of real estates, geographic information systems and mathematical cartography. There is the one connecting link of all three specializations ? the need of visualisation of geospatial data via cartographic methods. The purpose of this paper is to introduce our cartographic curriculum, to arouse a discussion and to offer, share and gain experience and knowledges. Last but not least there is an attempt to the emphasis of the importance of cartography in geoinformation sciences. Our curriculum offers two types of courses ? the courses directly focused on cartography or mapping (e.g. thematic cartography, computer cartography, mathematical cartography, mapping, topography mapping etc.) and the courses applying the cartographic pieces of knowledge (e.g. introduction of geographic information systems, application of computer technology in surveying, cadastre of real estates etc.). Our section also supports distance learning and e-learning ? on the server gis.zcu.cz there are at disposal many documents, presentations, links, examples and other materials (mainly in Czech). Among the development tendencies in cartography processing in the Geomatics section of the University of West Bohemia there are map servers, application of XML in cartography, visualisation of dynamic data sets, transformation of reference systems, visualisation of thematic geodatabases or georeferencing and presentations of historical maps. These focuses would conform to the Research Agenda of International Cartographic Association published in 2007. The education (not only cartographic courses) on the University of West Bohemia is focused on information technologies (commercial and open-source) and their benefits for particular branches of science. Students can apply and verify their skills not only during exams, but also by the cooperation on various projects (e.g. maps for handicapped, mapping of the temporal development of hiking routes, visualisation of Jewish cemeteries, algorithm development of isolines from triangulated irregular network etc.). Our section is involved in large international projects (e.g. Humboldt or Plan4all) ? these projects are partially concerned in portrayal rules of spatial planning data. The ?mainly cartographic? project VisualHealth focused on cartographic visualisation of health data is introduced in independent entry. Some projects are described on the pages git.zcu.cz. The aim of this paper is to present the trend of both teaching and scientific activities focused on cartographic visualisation of the Department of Mathematics ? Section of Geomatics at the University of West Bohemia at the beginning of 21st century. Our graduates, the geomatics engineers, will have to have the above standard knowledges of cartographic visualisation of geospatial data sets. Any present-day GIT expert does not get along without maps and other cartographic products. Because cartographic outputs form the basis of the majority of geoinformation processes and these products are mos
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