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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 133 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 6-8 hours / week
Starts Feb 25 (in 7 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 in 12 reviews

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.

This is my first MOOC and its awesome!

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.

dr. anthony in 8 reviews

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.

Dr. Anthony is quite intriguing and funny in a good way.

recommend this course in 7 reviews

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 would certainly recommend this course for beginners.

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.

open source in 5 reviews

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.

I've had a personal interest in mapping and geospatial topics for years, and a professional commitment to open source information sharing, so this was a chance to learn more.

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.

highly recommend in 5 reviews

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.

I highly recommend this class Very good material and resources, a wide scope, and a lot of links to get extra info from Internet or specialized books.

"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).

his team in 5 reviews

Thanks very much to Dr. Robinson and his team.

Thanks to Dr. Robinson and his team.

Last, a sincere thank to Prof. Robinson and his team for the care and the enthusiasm displayed in this course I had no experience with this area of study.

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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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The Pennsylvania State University

Rating 4.7 based on 133 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 6-8 hours / week
Starts Feb 25 (in 7 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