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Introduction to GIS Mapping

University of Toronto via Coursera


Get started learning about the fascinating and useful world of geographic information systems (GIS)! In this first course of the specialization GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis, you'll learn about what a GIS is, how to get started with the software yourself, how things we find in the real world can be represented on a map, how we record locations using coordinates, and how we can make a two-dimensional map from a three-dimensional Earth. In the course project, you will create your own GIS data by tracing geographic features from a satellite image for a location and theme of your choice. This course will give you a strong foundation in mapping and GIS that will give you the understanding you need to start working with GIS, and to succeed in the other courses in this specialization.

This course is for anyone who wants to learn about mapping and GIS. You don't have to have any previous experience - just your curiosity! The course includes both practical software training and explanations of the concepts you need to know to make informed decisions as you start your journey to becoming a GIS analyst.

You will need a Windows computer with ArcGIS Desktop installed. (software is not provided)


  • What is a GIS?
  • Introduction to ArcGIS
  • Mapping the real world with vector and raster data
  • Mapping Locations with Coordinate Systems
  • Flattening the Earth with Map Projections
  • Project: Creating Your Own Data

Taught by

Don Boyes

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