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Going Places with Spatial Analysis

Esri via Independent


This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You'll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Could you and your career go places with spatial analysis?


Section 1

Going Places with Spatial Analysis

Consider the special characteristics and value of spatial data and analysis, and then get started with ArcGIS Online.

Section 2

Understanding and Comparing Places

Watch brief lectures about fundamental topics like queries, scale of analysis, descriptive statistics, and projection. Query a layer and sum attributes to make a map showing the best locations for new mixed-use development.

Section 3

Determining How Places Are Related

Learn about vector overlay, the modifiable areal unit problem, and normalizing data for choropleth mapping. Use ArcGIS Online to analyze watersheds for water quality monitoring, and summarize the number of streetlights in a city’s maintenance assessment district.

Section 4

Finding the Best Locations and Paths

Discuss topology, site suitability, cost paths, and other key concepts. Find suitable sites for a grocery distribution center and preferable areas for cougar habitat using ArcGIS Online.

Section 5

Detecting and Quantifying Patterns

Lecture topics include density surfaces, spatial autocorrelation, and spatiotemporal analysis. Use density and hot spot analyses to visualize patterns of personal and property crimes.

Section 6

Making Predictions

Learn about spatial interaction, regression, surface analysis, and interpolation. Use ArcGIS Online to interpolate sample points and make a map showing areas at risk of long-term poor air quality.


4.8 rating, based on 104 Class Central reviews

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  • In the fields of social and health sciences, the spatial analysis techniques introduced in this course are already being used in research published in the peer-reviewed literature. This course gives course participants insights on how to ask good study questions, assemble the needed spatial data, and not only visualize but analyze the data using Esri software. I recommend the course even if, like me, you have several years of experience with ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online, as you will inevitably be reminded of important analytic steps and new use cases for spatial analysis to inspire your own work.
  • Very powerful data analysis tools to create useful visual maps! I learned quite a bit about the ArcGIS online tools and the different types of analysis classifications used to design effective informational maps. These useful map tools assist in community, state-wide or event visual representations, a first line of defense for clear, educated and effective solutions.
  • Anonymous
    I will recommend this course to GIS lovers. If you want to build or improve ypur spatial analysis, suitability analysis and and finding nearest features, this course is for you. After a long time of no GIS related work, I was becoming scared that I might loose my hardearned skills and profession. But, hell no! Going Places with Spatial Analysis MOOC has taken my fears away. From Analysing Geographies, to Understanding and Comparing Places, to Determining how Places are Related, to Finding the Best Places and Paths, to Detecting and Quantifying Patterns, and Making Predictions, this course has given me an overview of some of the most essential spatial analysis skillsets. Don't miss this opportunity.
  • Anonymous
    I'm really satisfied that I joined this MOOC. First of all, it was a nice way to refresh the concepts I learned two years ago during my Bachelor's degree, but also it helped me to discover the potentialities of ArcGIS Online in spatial analysis. I think that even if you know the theory behind (as I did because I just finished my studies), the course teaches you new ways to treat and exploit data. I especially liked the last two lessons of the MOOC, about interpolation and point density, as they gave great ideas in order to treat data that might be hard to visualize otherwise.
  • Anonymous
    Finally an Esri MOOC offering that you can (mostly) do on a Mac!

    This iteration uses ArcGIS Online for all assignments. Considering the MOOC is about spatial analysis, that is pretty impressive. The new map viewer still doesn't do everything the "classic" one does, but it does more than I expected and more than most non-GIS professionals would need. Which brings me to the point that for non-GIS professionals, this is a great introduction. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who asks you what you do with GIS.
  • Anonymous
    Better Title: "Spatial Concepts 101 using AGOL"
    Introduces User to Basic Analysis through Overlay, Summary Stats, and Filtering.

    Nothing *wrong* with the instruction, but only considers pre-filtered discrete datasets. Too many "Let's change the Symbology!" Steps for no apparent reason. Totally ignores the "Prediction Error" layer produced by one of the tools. If you are wondering about "King's Case" or "Rook's Case" when considering to enroll in this course, it isn't for you.
  • Anonymous
    This is a great course, I enjoyed it very much. I learned a lot about ArcGIS Online tools and Spatial Analysis through different scenarios and assignments provided every week. The materials and instructions given for every assignment are very clear and helpful. I would highly recommend this course to everyone who is interested in practicing their skills and learning new things about ArcGIS Online and Spatial Analysis.
  • Anonymous
    This is very much useful and helpful course . one can get to kknow each details of arcgis online and the instructors are very helpful to the students . after learning this course one can easily use arcgis online to their project or work . I hope every students satisfied with this course .
    Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    El curso es una oportunidad que nos permite estar actualizados con diferentes herramientas que ofrece el servicio en la nube, considerando que en un futuro se hacen medios de uso masivos. Y el curso es muy claro de comprender por lo que nos deja con el deseo de continuar con el curso.
  • Anonymous
    the course starts from place and which place or where
    and the give some introductory about place and arc online
    in progress the course going to spatial analysis for a location place wised and such thing till to map what you did (analysis)
  • Anonymous
    Great course that helped me put hands on practice using ArcGIS online.
    It was a good experience using those tools and performing analysis in the online environment.The exercises were easy to follow and very helpful.
  • Anonymous
    All of the ESRI MOOC courses are great. This course will provide an introduction to spatial analysis and ArcGIS online. The value of this course is that establishes a methodology or approach to answering questions using spatial analysis. The lessons have real-world type problems and the analysis is applied in each lesson (frame the question, defining analysis criteria). The exercises provide repetition to improve your skills and knowledge and variation to keep you engaged. Another value of this course is that you become better at the ArcGIS online application and get to use the analysis tools .
  • Anonymous
    It's really helpful for me as a student of GIS. I am very confident after attending this mooc and getting knowledge and concept of Spatial Analysis as well as Suitability Analysis. I rate it 100/100.
  • Hamilton Dwight Walker
    It was hard but eventually I learned ArcGIS workflows and created some very interesting GIS solutions on some very useful topics like real estate and air pollution distribution.
  • Anonymous
    Whether you're new to spatial analysis or a seasoned user, this course teaches you vital lessons in using the Arcgis online package to develop spatial analysis skills.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed the course and will definitely take other ESRI courses. Mainly because I was starting my professional life. It was great learning ArcGIS tools.
  • Anonymous
    A great course for walking you through basic spatial analysis terms and practical techniques. Courses are well laid out and easy to follow.
  • Anonymous
    its perfect for literally anyone how wants to learn how to use arcgis online and wants to learn about gis in general, I highly recommend it.
  • Charles Ayoub
    Great practical course with a concentration on exercises including step-by-step guides that helps in learning about the ArcGIS features.
  • I enjoyed the course. It has explicit - easy to grapple delivery. The exercises are superb. It is a time well invested. There are six sections, you get to pick up on either at the prejudice of your interest. You discuss with the forum at each course turn (I mean, sections). I still would like to go over the materials again and make conversation about. You get to have the course site as long as your time on it is valid. Arcgis Online has key tools for cartography, don't trip over spatial analyst functions or overlay. Get it?

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