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I have recently left my job as a GIS Specialist that I've held for a number of years. This was my first GIS job and I managed to lean a lot. Now that the holidays are over, I've decided to search for the next position.
Obviously, someone in my position should want to garner a few new skills while I'm on the job hunt. One thing that I didn't have a chance to work with, is web mapping applications in my previous position. It's a skill I'd really like to pick up because it's the present and future of GIS.
My idea is, to start an online resume of sorts. Something I can create and send to prospective employers to show I can work in the GIS environment. Although resumes are great, I feel like this is a lot more tangible than spitting out a bunch of facts about what I do in a resume. When I was hiring people, I had a few people do this sort of thing and I find I have a lot more confidence in people I hire because I can see what they are capable of.
I'm wondering, for all of you who work with web mapping, where should I start? I want to start simple, but have the ability to expand when I get comfortable with it. I'm not willing to fork out money for ESRI products because, well.....I'm unemployed. I want to start working on some open source freeware products. I think Quantum GIS with the OSGEO package seems to be the most popular? I've worked with QGIS in my previous position for desktop and development applications, but I haven't created a web application. What other good, free products are out there that you have used with some success. Is there anything really cool in open source like 3D mapping? I was thinking about creating a 3D fly through tour video using some DEM's or LiDAR if I can get my hands on that sort of data. Any thought, suggestions?