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My World GIS: A Geographic Information System for Learners
Entry ID: MyWorld_GIS
Abstract: My World is being developed at Northwestern University as part of a research
program in the adaptation of expert data visualization and analysis tools to
support inquiry-based learning. It is a Geographic Information System (GIS)
designed specifically for use in middle school through college classrooms.
My World provides a carefully selected subset of the features of a professional
GIS ... environment. These features include multiple geographic projections, table
and map views of data, distance-measurement tools, buffering and query
operations, customizable map display. They have been selected to provide the
greatest value to students without overwhelming them with complexity The
features are accessed through a supportive interface designed with the needs of
students and teachers in mind.
My World can import data from the industry-standard shapefile format, as well
as from tab and comma-delimited text files. In the future, it will be able to
communicate directly with GPS-enabled handheld devices.
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Access Constraints My World is currently in beta testing and runs under Java versions 1.2 and
later. It has been successfully tested under Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Macintosh
OS X, and Solaris. (There is no version of Java 1.2 for versions of the MacOS
prior to OS X. However, My World does run under Virtual PC in MacOS 9).
Because of the memory requirements of Java, 128MB of RAM is recommended.
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