Web GIS Development Program

Program Description:

The Web GIS Development Program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to develop interactive web-based geographic information systems (GIS). The program covers fundamental concepts of GIS, spatial databases, web mapping technologies, server-side scripting, and advanced geospatial analysis. Participants will learn how to create dynamic maps, visualize geospatial data, and build web GIS applications.

Duration: 3 Months

Mode of delivery: Virtual

Who Should Attend?

Target Audience:

  1. GIS professionals looking to enhance their web development skills
  2. Web developers interested in incorporating GIS into their applications
  3. Graduates seeking to specialize in Web GIS development
  4. Professionals in related fields (urban planning, environmental science, etc.) seeking to expand their skill set

Program Objectives:

  1. Provide a comprehensive understanding of Web GIS concepts and technologies
  2. Develop practical skills in web mapping, spatial analysis, and application development
  3. Prepare participants to design, build, and deploy Web GIS applications
  4. Foster collaboration and networking among participants and industry experts

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the principles and applications of Web GIS
  2. Develop proficiency in using web mapping libraries and spatial databases
  3. Design and create interactive web maps and applications
  4. Perform advanced geospatial analysis and visualization
  5. Deploy and maintain Web GIS applications in a production environment

Program Pre-requisites

  1. Basic knowledge of GIS concepts and spatial data
  2. Familiarity with web development technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
  3. Experience with relational databases and SQL
  4. Access to a computer with internet connectivity for hands-on exercises


  1. GIS Software: QGIS, ArcGIS
  2. Web Mapping Libraries: Leaflet, OpenLayers, Mapbox
  3. Spatial Databases: PostGIS, MySQL
  4. Web Development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  5. Server-Side Scripting: Python (Flask), Node.js (Express)
  6. Version Control: Git
  7. Other Tools: Docker, PostgreSQL

Module 1: Fundamentals of GIS and Web Technologies

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to GIS and web technologies for building and managing GIS applications. Delegates will learn the history, key concepts, and importance of GIS, with hands-on practice using QGIS for spatial data creation and analysis. The module covers web development basics, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for building and styling web pages. Delegates will also explore Web GIS concepts, benefits, architecture, and practical exercises in setting up a Web GIS environment with GeoServer. Additionally, the module includes managing spatial databases with PostgreSQL/PostGIS, integrating data sources, and ensuring data quality and interoperability through practical exercises.

Module 2: Web GIS Application Development

This module covers the development of interactive Web GIS applications. It begins with using Leaflet.js to create and customize maps, add markers, and work with GeoJSON data, progressing to advanced mapping features like controls, widgets, and interactive styling. The module then explores OpenLayers for map setup, layer addition, event handling, and map customization. It includes setting up GeoServer to publish GIS data as web services and creating RESTful GIS services, including API design and security. The final topics are performing spatial analysis and visualizing data using tools like D3.js, leading to the creation of interactive dashboards.

Module 3: Advanced Web GIS Development

This module delves into advanced Web GIS development, focusing on integrating GIS with other technologies, cloud-based solutions, and mobile GIS development. It begins with GIS and IoT integration, covering real-time data processing and IoT-enabled GIS applications, followed by the application of machine learning to spatial data. The module then explores deploying GIS on cloud platforms like AWS and Azure, designing scalable GIS systems, and ensuring performance and security. Mobile GIS development is covered next, including tools for building responsive and offline-capable applications, and developing cross-platform solutions using frameworks like React Native and Flutter. The module culminates in a capstone project where participants plan, develop, and present a comprehensive GIS application, showcasing their skills and knowledge.

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Program Experience

Program Delivery

Delivered via video lectures.

Real-World Examples

Delivered through a combination of video and live online lectures.

Applications to Data Sets

Learn through individual assignments and feedback.

Debrief of Learnings

Delivered through a combination of recorded and live video lectures.


Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a certificate of completion from Indepth Research Institute.

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