Please note that the Agenda is subject to change.

Day 1 (Monday, 25 June 2012)

8:00: Registration and set-up

08:30: Introduction to the MAPA Project & Google Geo Tools

In this session we will introduce you to the MAPA Project and will do an overview of the tools we will be covering over the next three days, tools that are generally available, as well as introduce some examples of how other organisations and institutions are using them.

09:15 Google Mapping Tools: Google Earth

This session will introduce you to the basics of Google Earth. Topics will include navigation in Google Earth, points, lines and polygons, adding images, videos, and overlays, creating views and perspectives, organising content in folders, saving and sharing content, creating narrated tours and embedding content in a webpage or blog.

10:15 Tea

10:45 Google Mapping Tools: Google Earth (cont)

12:45: Lunch

13:45  Google Mapping Tools (cont.)

14:45: Tea

15:15 Google Mapping Tools: Google Maps

In this session you'll learn how to create, share and collaborate on a simple Google Map via My Places

16:15: Google Mapping Tools: Google Fusion Tables

In this session we will introduce you to Google Fusion Tables. You will learn how to create a map from a spreadsheet in minutes, collaborate on this map (or keep it private) and how to merge it with other tables, based on a common field.

16:45-17:00: Wrap-up Session

Day 2 (Tuesday, 26 June 2012)

8:00 Participants arrive and set-up

08:30: More Fusion Tables

In this session, we’ll show you some more tips & tricks with Fusion Tables. We’ll show you various techniques for styling your data, creating attractive pop-up balloons, graphic visualisations and intensity maps. We’ll show you how to import GIS data, embed your map in a webpage, create a mash-up of two different tables using the Fusion Tables Wizard, and how to export data dynamically to Google Earth.

09:45: Adding your Project to the MAPA database

In this session we’ll show you how to add your project to MAPA’s African Conservation Map. We’ll also show you more ways to use the map, including how to download your projects and create a Google Earth layer of your own.

10:30 Tea

Break Out Sessions

For each break out session you'll choose from one of three sessions (described below):

TimeMain RoomBreak Out Room #1Break Out Room #2
11:00Building Google Earth ToursGIS in Google EarthMap Maker
12:00Google Maps EngineGPS in Google EarthMaps API Basics
14:00ODKGPS in Google EarthMap Maker
15:30Google Maps EngineGIS in Google EarthMap Maker

  • Building Google Earth Tours:

In this session you will learn some more tips & tricks for creating movie-like tours in Google Earth. You will learn how to build a tour story-board along a time-line, and how to add screen-overlays and sound to your KML code. We will also discuss further options available for tour creators. 

  • Basic GIS & GPS

In this session you will learn how to import your GPS tracks & GIS vector and raster data into Google Earth & Google Earth Pro. Specific topics we'll cover:

    • Importing GPX files into Google Earth
    • Importing GPS data directly into Google Earth
    • Importing GPS data into Google Maps 
    • Importing shapefiles into Google Earth Pro.
    • Importing GeoTIF images into Google Earth Pro.
    • Other tools for converting GIS data, including QGIS, ESRI, ShpEscape, and other tools.
    • Where to find GIS data for your project.
  • Google Map Maker (led by Evans Arabu, Google Map Maker team)
Google Map Maker allows you to add the places that you know well and care about directly onto Google Maps. Learn how to use this tool to map out your street,  neighbourhood, campus...or that remote study area of yours that never seems to make it onto any maps. 
  • Google Maps Engine - new & exciting!

Do you have large GIS datasets that you would like to share among collaborators or publish publically? Google Maps Engine is a revolutionary geospatial solution that lets you publish your mapping data on Google's cloud-based mapping platform and share it through Google Earth, Google Maps and Android Phones. You will learn about uploading datasets, how to create layers and maps, how to publish those maps and how to control access to your data. 

  • Google Maps API basics (led by Evans Arabu)
This session is for the more technically skilled participants! 
The Google Maps API lets you embed the robust functionality and everyday usefulness of Google Maps and Google Earth into your own website and applications, and overlay your own data on top of Google Maps. In this session you'll learn the basics of creating your first API webpage. 
  • Open Data Kit

In this session we will introduce you to Open Data Kit. ODK is a suite of mobile data collection tools that allows you to collect data in the field on mobile phones (no internet connection required) and download, visualise and publish data once you have an internet connection. You will practice collecting data with Android Phones, sending this to an Aggregate server, and exporting and visualising these data.

  • More GIS & GPS to KML 

In this hands-on session you'll recap GIS to KML basics and you'll learn the basic of importing large datasets into Google Earth. We'll also discuss some other GIS to KML tools, discuss using Fusion Tables for basic GIS data management and visualising large datasets, and how to turn your visualise your time-stamped, tabular GPS data.

16:30: Life of a Mapping Project

In preparation for the project work day, we’ll talk you through a mapping project from start to finish, walking through the kind of things you’ll need to think about before starting your project, including the type of data you have, the type of map you would like, and your options for sharing this with others. 

Day 3 (Wednesday, 27 June 2012)

8:30:  Participants arrive and set-up

9:00am: Instructions for Project Day

9:15am: Project Planning Time

In this session participants will define their overall goal and project plan for the mapping/training project they want to work on, as well as a smaller goal they would like to accomplish during the course of the project work day. Participants will all fill in a project worksheet.

10:00am: Project Work Time

Workshop participants will get their hands dirty with their own data and start working towards the goals they’ve defined for the day.

13:00pm: Closing Session

This session will conclude the workshop. We'll review what we've covered during the training, take some final questions, assess the workshops and review online resources and tutorials where you can sharpen up your skills in future, and where to find training materials for putting together a workshop in your own organisation. 

13:30pm: Further Questions & Project work time

Sample Schedules: Break-out sessions

Struggling to know which sessions to attend? Below are some ideas to help you decide. Please note that these are merely suggestions! When you've decided, sign up for a session here

Overview Track:

1. GIS  >> GPS >> Lunch >> ODK >> Map Maker
2. GIS/Map Maker >> API Basics >> Lunch >> ODK >> Maps Engine
3. Map Maker >> GPS >> Lunch >> ODK >> GIS


1. Tours >> GPS >> Lunch >> Map Maker >> GIS
2. Tours >> GPS >> Lunch >> ODK >> Map Maker

GIS Track:

1.  GIS >> GPS >> Lunch >> ODK >> Maps Engine
2.  Tours >> Maps Engine>> Lunch >> GPS >> GIS
3.  GIS >> API >> Lunch >> GPS >> Maps Engine

"Technical" Track:

1. Tours >> Maps API >> Lunch >> ODK >> Map Maker/Maps Engine/GIS