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Real-World GIS

via LinkedIn Learning


Get solutions to real-world GIS challenges, such as collecting quality data, creating projections, and finding a GIS job.

Learning GIS (geographical information systems) requires training in cartography, database management, and spatial analysis. But once you've built a solid foundation in the basics, how do you approach GIS challenges in the real world? Dr. Jason VanHorn is here to help you master practical GIS scenarios, and answers the 7 most common questions he receives from other GIS professionals, including: Where can I get quality data? How do I create projections? What's an inexpensive solution for collecting geospatial data? and Where can I find a GIS job?


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
  • Using the challenges in this course
1. The Top GIS Questions
  • The seven most common GIS questions
2. Building a GIS Layer
  • Exploring GIS trends
  • Exploring GIS data with the National Map Viewer
  • Finding imagery data using EarthExplorer
  • Working with US Census data via TIGER products
  • Exploring agriculture with CropScape
  • Accessing data in proprietary formats
  • Accessing data in catalog formats
3. Exploring GIS Data Formats
  • Understanding the type of data you have
  • Understanding coverage data
  • Understanding shapefile data
  • Understanding geodatabases
  • Raster data model history and formats
  • Sharing GIS data
4. Understanding Projections
  • Working with scale and graticules
  • Exploring developable surfaces
  • Using geoids, spheroids, and datums
  • Putting it all together in ArcGIS
5. Inexpensive GIS Data Collection
  • Collecting geospatial data
  • Adding map data to a spatial database
  • Adding scanned images to a spatial database
  • Adding GPS data to a a spatial database
  • Advanced collection techniques in GPS
  • Exploring open-source approaches to GIS data
6. Building a GIS Project from Scratch
  • Challenge: Get the data
  • Solution: Get the data
  • Challenge: Visualize the data
  • Solution: Visualize the data
  • Challenge: Isolate the data
  • Solution: Isolate the data
  • Challenge: Attributes of the data
  • Solution: Attributes of the data
  • Challenge: Analysis of the data
  • Solution: Analysis of the data
  • Challenge: Build new data
  • Solution: Build new data
  • Challenge: Import new data
  • Solution: Import new data
  • Challenge: Convert your data
  • Solution: Convert your data
7. Geospatial Data Services
  • Understanding ArcGIS for Server
  • Connecting a client to a GIS server
  • Working with
  • Using efficiently in the client
8. Mastering the GIS Interview
  • Exploring the types of GIS jobs
  • Portals for GIS jobs
  • Preparing for general interview questions
  • Preparing for specific interview questions
  • Next steps

Taught by

Jason VanHorn

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