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Maps and the Geospatial Revolution
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Learn to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools
The Geospatial Revolution has generated new forms of interactive maps and location-aware devices, making it possible for everyone to leverage spatial information.
This course combines core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking.
What will you achieve?
- Practice thinking spatially to solve geographic problems in environmental, social, and technical domains
- Understand how spatial data is created
- Apply spatial analysis techniques
- Create interactive web maps
- Discover the Geospatial Revolution and its impact on the rapidly evolving science of Geography.
- Explore what it means to think spatially and consider the impacts of scale and time.
- Examine the key elements of spatial datasets.
- Learn how Geographers solve problems using spatial analysis techniques.
- Explore the key elements of effective cartographic design.
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain the Geospatial Revolution and its impact on the science of Geography.
- Practice thinking spatially to solve geographic problems in environmental, social, and technical domains.
- Understand how spatial data is created.
- Apply spatial analysis techniques using interactive web maps.
- Explain the key elements of effective cartographic design.
- Practice the art and science of mapmaking using interactive web maps.
Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at novices who have an interest in map making and spatial analysis, but have no prior experience working with spatial data and/or web map technology.
Anyone who is able to find and join this course will be qualified to engage with the material – it is an entry-level experience about making maps and learning about GIS.
What software or tools do you need?
You do not need to download any specific software - an updated web browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox will be sufficient for completing this course. The mapping activities in this course use a free account with ArcGIS online, which may not work very well on a tablet or phone browser.