Web GIS Lecture


The Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis (GISAB) 2013-14 Speaker Series continues with its fourth event, “Web GIS: Technologies, Applications, and Directions” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in Hall of Letters 100.

This event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will precede the speech.

“Web GIS: Technologies, Applications, and Directions” will give a systematic overview of the technologies and applications of the rapidly changing web GIS field. On the technology side, this presentation will review the technical evolutions and predict the trends in web GIS server and client side capabilities, cloud GIS, mobile GIS, online spatial analytics, web 3D and big data. On the application side, presenter Pinde Fu will use several projects, including Environmental Public Health Tracking, ePlanning, Environmental Justice Screening tool, and Geodesign, to showcase the applications of web GIS in public information services, citizen engagement, and operational decision support.

"The topic of web GIS is timely and interesting," Avijit Sarkar, associate professor in the School of Business, said. "The Internet has revolutionized the way we interact with the world, with each other, and with organizations and entities around us. Increasingly, we consume GIS applications and capabilities such as mapping in our daily lives, whether it’s through our computers, tablets, or smart phones. Thanks to the web, mapping and rudimentary spatial analysis are now at the fingertips of the common user. This event is not only an opportunity to learn about the current state of web GIS but also new and interesting trends in areas such as mobile GIS, spatial analytics, and web GIS in the age of big data."

Fu is a project lead and senior GIS application developer at Esri. His specialties include web GIS technologies and applications in various industries, and several of his projects have won special achievement awards at Esri International User Conferences.

"Dr. Fu is an authority in the area of web GIS," Sarkar said. "Aside from being employed at Esri, which is pioneering web GIS in various forms, he has also authored a book on the topic entitled 'Web GIS – Principles and Applications,' published by the Esri Press in 2011. He is working on another book project currently in this area."

To register for this event, please email Vanessa Siliezar at or call 909-748-8769 by Jan. 23, 2014.

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