Geographical Information Science

This site uses various maps of Hawaii to illustrate the possibilities of Web GIS

The   following   maps   tell   a   story   about   Hawaii   through   map   applications   which   allows   viewing and,   with   some   applications,   interaction   with   the   maps.   There   are   a   total   of   10   different maps, each utilizing JavaScripting to best present a variety of information. The   project   was   done   to   satisfy   requirements   for   my   MS   degree   in   GIS. Although   a   few   of   the applications   may   no   longer   work   due   to   the   original   maps   no   longer   existing   on   the   Missouri State   University   GIS   server,   many   are   still   in   tact   and   present   what   is   possible   with   GIS applications. There   are   three   basic   mapping   services   available:   tiled   maps   in   the   form   of   images   such   as jpgs   and   pngs   (fast   loading   and   pre-made;   limits   to   interaction   with   the   Internet   user), dynamic   images   (drawn   on   the   fly   and   allow   the   user   to   participate   to   varying   degrees   with the   display   of   the   map),   and   feature   services   (which   have   servers   that   will   download   xml   or JSON (JavaScript code files), rather than images). Querying is possible through Internet web services; a simple example is Google Maps.
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Above is picture of interactive tiled map of

Hawaii where viewer can switch basemaps. 

Click on this LINK or on menu item Change Appearance under Home above to view actual online map with interactive capabilities or click on menu item “Changing Basemap” under “Home” menu item at top.

To left is a picture of a tiled map with legend

which toggles with the description of the map.

This map is known as a tiled static map as it offers only viewing to the user. Click on this LINK or on “Adding Legend “menu item under “Home” above to view the actual map with legend online .
Shown here are images of two maps -- click on maps to enlarge
Counties of the Hawaiian Islands
continue on to Toggle Layers
Please note: map display load up times throughout this site varies dependent on user connection and GIS server connection times.
Changing basemaps to change appearance
Switching Basemaps