- Set up the ability to access the GIS Lab terminal server remotely
- Collect location based photos and work with them in mapping software
The GIS Lab terminal server can be accessed remotely or from the lab machines in the GIS Lab. The Account Setup Tutorial provides all the information necessary to access the Windows GIS Server – Osmotar. If you have problems accessing Osmotar, speak to Scott about it and he
The UNBC lab Computers are supported by the ITS department at UNBC, so there is no GIS specific software loaded on them. We can access Osmotar from these computers however. Scott will illustrate how we can connect to osmotar from the UNBC lab macbines (it is not always the same for each computer lab).
Gpsprune is a very handy piece of software for geolocating photos that have either been tagged with a GPS coordinate (i.e. taken with your smart phone), or for those that have not (regular digital camera). Download the .jar file for gpsprune at http://activityworkshop.net/software/gpsprune/download.html. Once that is finished, we will go outside and take some pictures.
Collecting and geolocating photos in GPS/Mapping software
Scott will bring out a GPS unit with the class. We have to set the location settings on our phones to be on if we are hoping to not have to use the GPS data collected by the GPS unit Scott is using.
Once the photos are collected, we will use Gpsprune to process the data and create a Google Earth file
Mapping Drives in the UNBC Computer labs for your k and l drive
Map a drive:
The drives we will be using for the course should be automatically mapped for you on osmotar. If you are a returning student, you may have some older drives still be referenced (such as the n drive for ninkasi). Once we are logged into the terminal server, we can connect to the network drive from the GIS file server (in our case gisfs2.unbc.ca – boring name unfortunately). If you are looking to map the drive from the computers in the student labs, you can do so in the following manner:
- start the command prompt – type cmd in the search box when you click on the start button
- type net use k: \\gisfs2.unbc.ca\yourusername /persistent:YES
This will give you the same k drive as you see on osmotar
Scott will illustrate this.