Usability of Educational Soil Mapping Software

ID: 33291 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Laura Kocur, Ronald Glotzbach, Darrell Schulze, and Christopher Miller, Purdue University, United States

Friday, March 11 2:45 PM-3:05 PM Location: Tulip Grove F

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Abstract: Mapping technologies are abundant on the Web as well as through boxed software; however, the ability to overlay ones own maps onto the surface in order to provide enriched detail is not found in most typical software. “Integrating Spatial Educational Experiences (Isee) into Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Curricula” is a USDA-funded project focused on making soil data in the form of maps more accessible and easy-to-use for undergraduate students. The current solution integrates the Google Earth API, GeoWebCache, PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript in the form of a website. Although the differences in GIS software usability are generally unknown, the Isee prototype may serve as a viable model of an approach applicable at other universities. This paper describes research in progress.


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