April 21, 2015

Web Map Terms

I will be updating this page as I continue to read up on Web Mapping.

API(Application Programming Interface)


GeoRSS “An alternative to the RSS format which is also adapted to the processing of geographic data is the GeoRSS format. This format includes the geographic coordinates of the location in question as metadata within the RSS thread.” -Participatory Mapping

IDE (Integrated Development Environment) “An integrated development environment (IDE) or interactive development environment is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. An IDE normally consists of a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger.” -Wikipedia



Mercator Projection- A map projection that is not considered very precise but has been popularized for web maps by Google Maps. More details here: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projection_de_Mercator Also, here’s an interactive game that shows how Mercator distorts size: https://gmaps-samples.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/poly/puzzledrag.html

Open Data

Raw Data “Several authors have rightly stressed the fact that data is never raw but is the product of a number of choices that need to be made explicit, see [EDW 10, GIT 13]. For lack of more precise indications, the term is used to differentiate public data from data resulting from ‘leaks’” - Participatory Mapping

Scraping “Scraping has numerous legal implications: for the use of a website to be acceptable (in this case this refers to the number of times a scraper can visit a given Website) is defined by the terms and conditions. For more information, please refer to the interview of Dick Hall, Manager of Infochimps, by Audrey Watters for O’Reilly Radar’s blog: http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/05/data-scraping-infochimps.html.” - Participatory Mapping

Static Maps- Maps that aren’t interactive or dynamic

Web Map Service (WMS)