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Dynamic Atlas workshop, Budapest, 4-6 June 2002


The GTOS Secretariat would like to thank all the participants that attended the workshop and contributed to its successful outcome. We hope that the training has been useful for your future work back in your institutes.

Best regards,

GTOS Secretariat


Dynamic Atlas is an FAO information management system for spatial (map), image, tabular (spreadsheet) and unstructured (document) data as well as metadata. The software allows the user to store, recall and generate information making it more accessible and useful. To date the software has been used for a number of projects in various countries including Afghanistan, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Venezuela and Yemen. Dynamic Atlas is made up of a suite of programmes which includes: Dynamic Maps, which is a desktop solution for data visualization and mapping capability, and Dynamic Atlas, which enables all the information to be kept in one structured database (warehouse), thus promoting standards and data sharing.


GTOS has invited workshop participants from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and the Ukraine.


4-6 June 2002


Budapest, Hungary

Agenda *new*

Please note that the morning sessions will start at 9am and afternoon sessions will finish at approximately 5pm.

Day 1

Introductory presentations
..Introduction to GTOS
..Information publishing and access – The information imperative
Overview of Dynamic Maps

Running Dynamic Maps for the first time

The Dynamic Maps interface / windows

..Using topics
..Accessing information

Choosing and manipulating map layers

The active layer

..Finding features
..Selecting features

Map layer rendering

Drawing and annotating

Creating views

Working with related data
· Spreadsheet functionality review
· Using class rendering to illustrate trends in data
· Building a query to focus data for use
· Importing a data sets
Strategies for using Excel

Working with related information
· Publishing documents, images, web links, descriptions

Using the map composer
· Using PowerPoint

Day 2

Installing and running Dynamic Knowledgebase for the first time

The system architecture and warehouse components

First steps in creating and managing warehouses
· Getting the data ready
· Importing, opening, modifying, adding warehouses
Dynamic Knowledgebase functionality

Registering map layers
· Selectable / active map layers
· Background vector data layers

· Image data layers
· Label layers

· Setting scale and visibility
· Defining rendering properties

· Adding metadata

Registering system data sets
· Access, dBase, and Excel considerations
· Security

Building topics
· Topic structure and concepts
· Adding map layers
· Layer order tips
· Adding system data sets

Using spatial libraries

Data setup considerations
· Conversion and data preparation issues
· Link field standards

Dynamic Knowledgebase for web publishing

Other considerations (time permitting)
· Building a data dictionary / recording data standards - the feature ID
· Creating a thematic map using an associated tabular data set
· Using ArcView with the system
· Backups and database management

Getting started in your home office
· Review of steps needed to install and run the system when return to home office

Day 3

Review of software
· Class review of components and functionality


Document 1 - Dynamic Atlas, version 3.0   (141 KB)

Document 2 - List of Participants   (452 KB)

Document 3 - GTOS CEE Implementation Plan   (541 K)

Contact points

Dr Reuben Sessa, GTOS

For further details on Dynamic Publishing Tools contact Dr John Latham, SDRN

GTOS Secretariat
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
I-00100 Rome, Italy
e-mail: GTOS@fao.org

Mr Hugh Williams
Business Development
Spatial Knowledge Engineering Inc.


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