AffiliationFaculty of Geodesy, Zagreb University
Paper titleWeb GIS in mountaineering
AbstractUsing maps is inevitable in many human activities as well as in mountaineering. Most of the spatial position and attribute data of the mountaineer's interest, until recently, it could have been found only in analog form (maps, mountain logs, thematic books, etc.). With the development of information technology, global navigation satellite systems, easily accessible measuring sensors and digital cameras it is easier to collect, store, visualize, share, and update spatial data. However, such digital data cannot be displayed in real-time on analogue maps but can be visualized and analyzed in geographic information systems (GIS). GIS software (tools) enables the development of more advanced and faster ways of spatial data browsing, and interpretation becomes simpler. Unfortunately, desktop GIS tools are complex and are not always available to anyone therefore, the Web GIS with its associated applications assumes dominance in browsing and dissemination of spatial data. Web GIS applications are applied in areas where there is a need for processing, analysis and visualization of various data that contain a spatial component, and mountaineering is one of them. When planning hiking, mountaineers need both spatial and attribute information on mountaineering facilities, checkpoints, and access trails in the form of GNSS traces. Through the interactive web application interface, it is possible to connect all these data, enabling easy viewing, browsing and analysis, or performing various spatial queries, which greatly facilitates the planning of hiking excursions. This paper presents a review and comparison of three highly visited Croatian mountaineering portals with web GIS applications: HPS's Interactive Mountain Map of Croatia, Mountaineering portal developed at the Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb and planinarenje.hr portal developed by the group of mountain enthusiasts. Numerous data on Croatian mountains and peaks, mountaineering facilities, huts and access trails are now accessible through portals to anyone with Internet connection, either with the computers, tablets or smartphones. All users are enabled browsing, filtering and downloading the data, and authorized users, adding and commenting on the portal content.
Co-authorsŠpoljarić, D.
TopicGeoinformation infrastructures and ecosystems