Internet-based mapping uses a web interface that records landscape values or other important attributes (e.g., activities, experiences, threats, facilities needs) on a displayed map image. The point locations of the values are recorded in a database. The first internet-based landscape values mapping application was developed by Dr. Jen Beverly and colleagues at the Canadian Forest Service to inform fire policy for Crown lands in Canada.
The application used Adobe "Flash" and PHP/mySQL
Additional internet applications using the same method were completed on three national forests in the U.S.--the Coconino National Forest (use access code 101-0101), the Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests (use access code 101-0101), and the Mt. Hood National Forest (use access code 101-0101). The Parks Victoria (Australia) Alpine Region study also used a Flash-based PPGIS system.
Google Maps and Google Earth PPGIS applications represent the 2nd generation of internet-based PPGIS systems. These PPGIS applications use the Google Maps/Earth application programming interface (API) and offer the advantage of public familiarity, more flexible map navigation (zoom, pan), and multiple map views (e.g., map, satellite, terrain). The first Google Maps PPGIS application (use access code 101-0101) asked residents of Grand County, Colorado, to identify ecosystem services. A second Google Maps PPGIS application (101-0101) was developed collaboratively with The Nature Conservancy and asked Wyoming residents in 3 rural counties to identify different landscape values and attributes.