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Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools. The past decade has seen an explosion of new mechanisms for understanding and using location information in widely-accessible technologies. This Geospatial Revolution has resulted in the development of consumer GPS tools, interactive web maps, and location-aware mobile devices. These radical advances are making it possible for people from all walks of life to use, collect, and understand spatial information like never before. This course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with Geography beyond the surface-level. We will explore what makes spatial information special, how spatial data is created, how spatial analysis is conducted, and how to design maps so that they’re effective at telling the stories we wish to share. To gain experience using this knowledge, we will work with the latest mapping and analysis software to explore geographic problems.

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Rating 4.7 based on 147 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 6-8 hours / week
Starts Apr 19 (in 5 days)
Cost $49
From The Pennsylvania State University via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Anthony C. Robinson
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Language English
Subjects Data Science Engineering Social Sciences Science
Tags Data Science Data Analysis Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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my first mooc

It was my first MOOC course but surely not the last.

Although I shall tell that, it is my first MOOC and convinced me it works and motivated to take up more.

My first MOOC and no prior experience with GIS.

This is my first MOOC but I have done quite a number of online courses and can say the online tool is good.

This was my first MOOC course and I really enjoyed it.

Not my first online class but definitely my first MOOC!!

This was my first MOOC, and I jumped in because I thought the topic might be interesting.

This is my first MOOC and online course, I had a very fascinating experience with this course because all provision of material and insteresting information gaved fot our teacher Anthony Robinson than now is part of my life.

My first MOOC, took it because I am interested in the subject and also for fun .

That's my first MOOC but I really enjoyed it.

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recommend this course

I would recommend this course to anybody who loves maps and technology.

I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants a solid introduction to the most popular tools of spatial analysis.

I recommend this course if you are interested in maps, geography, cartography and the science behind it.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to know more about how to understand and use geographical data.

All in all, I highly recommend this course and I commend Dr. Robinson and his team for a job well done.

I would absolutely recommend this course and this instructor to others.

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dr. anthony

Dr. Anthony Robinson did a commendable job keeping the material compelling and the class a worthwhile venture.

Dr. Anthony Robinson is made to teach online.

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anthony c. robinson

Thanks once again coursera and Dr. Anthony C. Robinson for this awesome course I've really enjoyed this class.

Dr. Anthony C. Robinson did a wonderful job in bringing this course to the world for free.

Dr. Anthony C. Robinson and team make this a very enjoyable learning experience.

Dr. Anthony C. Robinson and his team have prepared excellent labs and instructions as well as provide data and resources, so all students can put in practice all of their knowledge.

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highly recommend

I would highly recommend his courses to anyone who want to learn about GIS, Maps and Geospatial Revolution.

I highly recommend anybody to take this course if you are interested and is a worth investment of your time.

"Maps and the Geospatial Revolution" as offered by Dr. Anthony Robinson of Pennsylvania State University on Coursera.org is a highly recommendable and easily accessible introductory course to the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Highly recommend it!!

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open source

This course is really worth of it, for knowing, creating maps in open source software.

I would have preferred the use of open source mapping software but I understand why the decision to use ESRI was made and it makes sense in the context of this course.

It relies on proprietary software (ArcGIS) instead of the many open source solutions, mainly due to its web availability, but I found that to be a down side.

I know there are open source options, but it unified all participants and allowed support to be provided.

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his team

Thanks very much to Dr. Robinson and his team.

Thanks to Dr. Robinson and his team.

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using arcgis

I learnt to make maps using ArcGIS that is a great free software.

It took me from knowing nothing to being able to create maps using ArcGIS.

Using ArcGIS Online for lab work was great as it is FREE!

I've learnt how to map using ArcGIS, which is an industry leading software and have already made a few maps for work as well as for personal decision making.

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final exam

I loved the course rithm, and after revisiting it all in preparation for the final exam, I could see "the big picture", and I realized the efforts devoted in its creation and organization!

The mapping assignments were thought provoking and educational, the quizzes were short and to the point, the final exam was well put together, and the peer assessment reflected the aims of the course, along with providing (in advance of doing the assignment) a good rubric for peer assessing.

video lectures

The mix between video lectures and text suited me really well.

The few video lectures he made were very short and to the point, making it easy to dive in and not get bored.

As I participated in the course, I found myself as fascinated by the techniques used to deliver learning online (video lectures, narrative, slides, supplemental video, hands-on exercises, and paced release of lessons) as the course content itself (which was exceptional).

Course was beautifully structured.No prereqs for this course, Small but concise video lectures.A lot of additional readings and resources.Some additional links to videos.Good and not so hard quizzes.And a final project at the end.Forums were full of help and enthusiasm.Proffesor was very good.

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peer review

I felt getting rushed at the end of the course for the major map project and peer review and final exam all in the last week.

The map project itself should be Week 3, peer review Week 4, then final exam Week 5.

I messed up on my submission of my mapping assignment for peer review before the deadline, but it was my fault.

Course learning structure includes: short video lectures, short reading assignments, quizzes, discussion assignments, mapping assignments, final exam, final mapping project, peer review and survey.

This was one of the factors that led me to not complete the final assignment where you created your own map, subject to peer review - if I'm going to use ArcGIS, where am I going to get a dataset?

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previous experience

My previous experience includes a los of OpenStreetMap and Esri's CityEngine, but not any other GIS software, so I had a lot to larn.

I had some previous experience working with gvSIG, but I think it was worth my time... particularly in the last lessons (4 and 5) that give you good advice on symbols, colors, layout, etc.

My previous experience with geography was only at school level, limited by the few years in which it was taught and the scarce importance assigned.In this course, the matter was valued and made fascinating.

My previous experience with geography / maps has been in high school.

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Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Spatial Ecologist $61k

Information Provider $64k

Information Systems 3 $67k

Information Resources $69k

Information Service $73k

Geo-Spatial Analyst $73k

Information Technology/Information Systems Instructor $75k

Information Officer 1 $79k

Information Systems 2 $87k

Information Engineer 3 $92k

Geo-Spatial Analysis - Airborne Sensor Operator $94k

Information Coordinator 3 $105k

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Rating 4.7 based on 147 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 6-8 hours / week
Starts Apr 19 (in 5 days)
Cost $49
From The Pennsylvania State University via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Anthony C. Robinson
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Data Science Engineering Social Sciences Science
Tags Data Science Data Analysis Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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