Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Natural resources web-based mapping "

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2014 - DURI
Research area(s):
Computer Science, GIS, web development, and natural resources
Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to develop a web-based map to visualize natural resources data. The developed map will serve as an active interface to enhance ecosystem management, research prioritization, and education planning. Various GIS layers (e.g., vegetation cover, soil, roads, etc.) are available to describe research properties managed by the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. In this project, we will link the data and maps, and create an active visualization system to display these properties. We will also develop data models to add additional information to these maps to reflect ongoing research and management activities and potential research opportunities. The final product will be a website hosted at Purdue University Libraries as a resource for teaching, extension and research activities.
Expected Student Contributions:
Under the supervision and guidance of Drs. Kong, Fei, and Swihart, specific tasks for this intern position include: 1. Database design and creation: convert existing information into a relational database. 2. Create maps based on management and research activity data. 3. Develop web-based map interface.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
1. Experience with web interface development and relational data base. 2. Understand Javascript development. 3. GIS experience is a plus.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Kong, Ningning

Student Supervisor

Nicole Kong
Assistant Professor of Library Science

Cooperating Faculty

Songlin Fei
Forestry and Natural Resources
Rob Swihart
Forestry and Natural Resources