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Going Places with Spatial Analysis

Esri via Independent

9 Reviews 215 students interested
  • Provider Independent
  • Subject GIS
  • Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Certificate Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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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.

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4.6 Based on 9 reviews

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Hassan M
5.0 a week ago
Hassan completed this course.
If this kind of courses will be continuously conducted, the world in populace will get to know much about the importance of Geospatial and the people in key position of authorities to consider it in their Government activities and decision making unlike in my area few people knew about the term GIS or its importance.

I really advice that ArcGIS (GIS) should be made popular to Politician by creating a general invitation to the whole world leaders in a conference ( especially in the third world countries) to educate them and make a new world order to include all GIS aspects in makin…
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4.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I am an experience GIS Analyst, but haven't done a lot with ArcGIS Online. While I think this course is aimed at teaching some of the basics of GIS, it was still a hugely helpful introduction for me to some of what you can do with ArcGIS Online. Frankly, much more than I thought/remembered.

I really appreciated the real world approaches of the exercises that featured things like competing client interests and that the data was not all clean and canned. Also, that the course really emphasized doing, not sitting and listening to lectures or reading about concepts/techniques.

As a bonus, it really didn't take more than an hour or so a week to do and seems like ongoing enrollment in some of these MOOCs might be a quick, fun way to keep up with topics/techniques/tools you don't normally have a lot of exposure to.
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5.0 4 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has a total of 6 lectures. Each lecture overviews important concepts about spatial analysis and provides an exercise that is based on issues that can be solved using spatial analysis tools in ArcGIS Online.

I really liked the intro videos and the exercises. Some exercises could be long but can be completed within 2 hours. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn about spatial analysis or refresh the concept, and learn ArcGIS Online.
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5.0 yesterday
Anonymous completed this course.
Awesome course! My intention in taking the course was for the certification to supplement my college degree in order to get an analyst position. Although it is recommended that you take 6 weeks to complete, if you have any familiarity with spatial analysis and/or the online platform you can complete it in one week! I use the desktop platform so it took me some time to get familiar with the online platform. It is very intuitive.
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5.0 5 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The ArcGIS online tool has a vast array of analytical tools that people can use to solve location based problems. The course sections included one on identifying potential cougar habitat, one on crime rate data, one on air quality and three others. I would recommend this course to someone who is looking to further develop their geo-spatial analysis skills. The course was well paced and scaffolded.
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Manoj T
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Cimusa L
5.0 a week ago
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Very helpful course! i learnt more about spatial analysis and now i can put into practice the skill i have to solve some spatial problem.
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Mohammed G
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