Online courses in QGIS and Web Mapping begin January 17th at the University of Kentucky

Online courses in QGIS and Web Mapping begin January 17th at the University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky, Geography


Come explore the exciting world of web mapping with the New Maps Plus program at the University of Kentucky!

New Maps Plus offers completely online courses in open source mapping for the desktop (QGIS) and the web (CartoDB, Leaflet). Designed with all levels of experience in mind, the program allows students to take single courses or work towards a graduate certificate or M.Sc. degree from the University of Kentucky. With four start dates per year and ten-week terms, these courses were created with working professionals in mind.

Applications for the Winter term are due January 3, 2016 and students can choose from two courses:

  • MAP 671: Introduction to New Mapping provides students with a geospatial foundation using QGIS, an open source desktop GIS. Weekly modules explore processing geographic information to produce maps, and to prepare datasets for integration into a web mapping pipeline. Check out two sample modules from this course: QGIS & CartoDB and Advanced Mapping with QGIS and CartoDB. No GIS or mapping experience required.
  • MAP 672: Programming for Web Mapping, the next course in the New Maps Plus sequence, teaches students JavaScript programming from the ground up, making thematic data maps using the Leaflet mapping library. Those with GIS experience can petition to start with this course. Email us if you have questions.

These same courses will be offered again starting April 10, 2016 as well as the launching of a third course:

More details are available at the program's webpage, Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Come join a new era of online education for planning and local government!

Classes begin on January 17th. Applications are due on January 3rd.


Below are some sample student web maps created during this session of MAP 671: Introduction to New Mapping.

Greenhouse gas emissions using graduated symbol maps and CartoDB:

Maps of Cancer Rates, also in CartoDB:

Posted December 7, 2015



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