This course will equip you with all the information and systems you need to understand Geographical information and how to use it and understand it.

Geographical information is now becoming increasingly more present in our daily life. This poses new challenges to its efficient and timely delivery to potential end users who do not necessarily have the required skills to access or operate a GIS software package. The internet offers a powerful medium for real-time delivery of geographical information and location-based services.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost £1,400 - Standard (20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni) £1,340 - Professional/trade association discount £1,280 - Multiple bookings* * Minimum of 5 delegates.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will be able to:

  • Appraise contemporary Internet technologies and their application relevant to geographical data dissemination,
  • Apply HTML and CSS to develop web frameworks, drawing on templates as required, demonstrating the application of JavaScript, and the use of mapping Application Programming Interfaces (APIs),
  • Evaluate emergent Internet GIS standards and data transfer strategies and formats (e.g. GML; XML; JSON/GeoJSON),
  • Prepare an internet mapping website, and appraise the utility and use of proprietary versus open source contemporary internet mapping technologies (e.g. ESRI ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Server, ESRI JavaScript API, Google Maps API, Geoserver, Open Layers API, Leaflet API etc),
  • Evaluate and compare leading proprietary and open source data server technologies (e.g. GeoServer, ESRI ArcGIS Server, ESRI ArcGIS Online, Oracle, Postgres/PostGIS) and examine and debate a selection of real-world internet mapping projects, examples and case studies.

Core content

  • Introduction to spatial data and the internet
  • Principles of web site development
  • Introduction to HTML. Review of Internet mapping technologies and solutions: Google Maps API; ESRI JavaScript API; Open Layers API; Leaflet API; ArcGIS Enterprise Server, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server, GeoServerReview of Internet mapping technologies and solutions: Google Maps/Earth API; Bing API; Open Layers API; ArcGIS Server APIs,
  • Introduction to XML/XSLT
  • Proprietary and Open-source toolkits (e.g. Dojo),
  • Case study applications of internet mapping: local authorities, location based services, ‘g-business’.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

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