I’ve been spending this evening reviewing of some ‘big picture’ overviews of the field of web mapping. This came about because I just happened to catch a reference to this video in my twitter stream earlier today:
For me, what I learned the most from the video was the wide range of Python libraries that are in use in the geospatial world. I even found a lovely example of an iPython notebook that draws world maps along with the code that makes it happen.
And for a more involved process of understanding the components of web mapping, there is GEOG 585: an Open Web Mapping course by Sterling Quinn, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, that is currently freely and openly available online, with the cc-by license. With it, I might actually get to figuring out and use WMS.