Geographic Information Systems (GIS) OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Level Course on Geographical Information Systems

Published Feb 17, 2009

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'A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems,' an MIT OpenCourseWare, can help students gain skills in data and document collection and information analysis using geographic information system (GIS) technology. This free graduate-level course is intended for students studying Geography or Urban Planning. Familiarity with the ArcGIS software suite is recommended.

A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems: Course Specifics

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A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems: Course Description

Effectively planning for community development includes the use of geographic information system (GIS) techniques and the skills necessary to manipulate data that incorporates complicated social and political issues. The 'A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems' OpenCourseWare concentrates on planning questions and requires spatial analysis to determine appropriate strategies when using specific mapping techniques. It provides an in-depth mix of local data, including official records such as raw census data and employment statistics. Students can learn new spatial analysis techniques, like the use overlays, buffers and address matches. While developing GIS techniques, students also analyze the strategies, skills and organizational supports needed to encourage growth in local and regional communities. This graduate-level course is led by MIT professor Joseph Ferreira, Jr.

This course includes lecture notes, labs and assignments, a reading list and a two part exam for free online. To download course materials, or to learn more, visit GIS skills course page.

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