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Pennsylvania State University

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Pennsylvania State University via FutureLearn

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Learn to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools

The Geospatial Revolution has generated new forms of interactive maps and location-aware devices, making it possible for everyone to leverage spatial information.

This course combines core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking.

What will you achieve?

Learn to:

  • Practice thinking spatially to solve geographic problems in environmental, social, and technical domains
  • Understand how spatial data is created
  • Apply spatial analysis techniques
  • Create interactive web maps

This course is aimed at novices who have an interest in map making and spatial analysis, but have no prior experience working with spatial data and/or web map technology.

Anyone who is able to find and join this course will be qualified to engage with the material – it is an entry-level experience about making maps and learning about GIS.

You do not need to download any specific software - an updated web browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox will be sufficient for completing this course. The mapping activities in this course use a free account with ArcGIS online, which may not work very well on a tablet or phone browser.

Taught by

Anthony C. Robinson


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