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Going Places with Spatial Analysis

Esri via Independent

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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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  • 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
    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 .
  • 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?
  • Anonymous
    the MOOC provided by esri is an interactive and effective learning platform for people all around the world, exercises are very relatable and the skills gained is helpful. it is a wonderful learning experience epically for a college students like me with easy accessibility and a wonderful team to help and guide if every found stuck during the course. it is learning the art of connecting spatially and providing effective suggestion for everyday problems. it is an accessible and fruitful learning experience.
  • Regis O'Connor
    This is a really fun course where I learned a lot about different types of GIS analysis using the powerful ARCGIS platform. It is 6 weeks long, at your own pace, with excellent videos and well documented instructions for the weekly exercises. The exercises use diverse types of data and the output is so good looking you will want to share it with your network.
  • Anonymous
    For everyvone who wants to send their knowledge into the next level i recommand this course for you. Don't think twice, this is the best for you and for your argis online knowledge.
  • Anonymous
    great course to have a hand-on experience of working on ArcGIS online. videos were informative and exercise were detained based on real-life scenarios
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    Osayaba Odaro
    Great course! It covers alot of spatial analysis that I didn't know existed. I just like the detailed workflow of the exercise.
  • Anonymous
    This is very good for the Spatial analysis. I would say this may help us in making the people more strong in spatial analysis
    The Journey so far has been smooth with amazing and beautiful instructors. The course has been lovely and impactful
  • This course was just great i have learnt new Techniques of which am already applying in my work. thanks alot
  • Anonymous
    This was a very useful and entertaining course. I learned to understand and apply Spatial Analysis in a series of very practical exercises. All the material was available for reference during the course and I used that material outside of the course to...
  • Anonymous
    Really loved this course! I took it mainly to learn how to use ArcGIS Online and Storybooks but learned a lot of great spatial analysis techniques as well. I would highly recommend this course to all interested in spatial analysis and new ways to share your maps with a larger audience. The pace was good...not too time consuming but enough to get some new skills down.

    Laura Geselbracht

    The Nature Conservancy
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you Sir,
    This Course is good sensitive mind for geography.
    Find Location , Time Management, Saving Life and To do more good decision for Living life.
  • Anonymous
    Really loved this course! I took it mainly to learn how to use ArcGIS Online and Storybooks but learned a lot of great spatial analysis techniques as well. I would highly recommend this course to all interested in spatial analysis and new ways to share your maps with a larger audience. The pace was good...not too time consuming but enough to get some new skills down.
  • Anonymous
    es un curso actualizado, utiliza herramientas muy potentes haciendo solo unos clicks. Las prácticas describen muy bien lo que se está haciendo en cada "paso a paso" y explica detalladamente los resultados de cada ejercicio. Utilizan la versión anterior de arcgis Online, el foro es muy activo y todos los estudiantes participan frecuentemente.
  • Anonymous
    Geography matters in everything that we do. It affects the schools we go to. It affects the first language we speak, who our neighbors are, our daily commute to work or school. It affects our health and even the health of our planet. Geography impacts almost everything.
    We all use maps to find out where things are and how we get to those things. Maps are created from spatial data. Maps help us learn about our world.
    But what if you go beyond just reading a map and start to analyze the spatial data?
    This MOOC discuss about spatial analysis that help us to answer real-word problem and gives new perspective to our decision-making.
  • Anonymous
    This is a very interesting and useful program for data analysis. It does not only teach how to create a spatial analysis app. It also demonstrated how to set up research criteria for research studies. In the program, I learnt about the condition of air pollutions and the population in California once were, with the tables and the spatial analysis app I created. I also learnt what aged groups were vulnerable to air pollution; and the different spatial analysis results from the air pollution standards between California and the Federal. Finally, I got help and learnt more tricks to use the ArcGIS program from the Lesson Forum.
  • Anonymous
    Great course to reinforce and practice skills. Also a great course for someone with zero GIS experience. There are practical exercises every week that familiarize you with using ArcGIS online and spatial analysis concepts.

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