Geographical Information Systems - Part 1, Certificate | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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This Geographical Information Systems - Part 1 offered by Coursera in partnership with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is organized into two parts presenting the theoretical and practical foundations of geographic information systems (GIS).

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The programme

In this first part of the Geographical Information Systems - Part 1 offered by Coursera in partnership with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, we will focus on the digitization and the storage of geodata. In particular, you will learn:

  • To characterize spatial objects and/or phenomena (territory modeling) with respect to their position in space (through coordinate systems, projections, and spatial relationships) and according to their intrinsic nature (object/vector mode vs. Image/raster mode); 
  • About the different means used to acquire spatial data; including direct measurement, georeferencing images, digitization, existing data source, etc.);
  • About the different ways in which geodata can be stored - notably, files and relational databases;
  • How to use data modeling tools to describe and create a spatial database;
  • To query and analyze data using SQL, a common data manipulation language.

The second part of this course will focus on methods of spatial analysis and geodata representation. In this section, you will learn:

  • How to describe and quantify the spatial properties of discrete variables, for example through spatial autocorrelation;
  • To work with continuous variables. In particular, we will look at sampling strategies, how to construct contour lines and isovalue curves, and we will explore different interpolation methods;
  • To use digital elevation models and create their derivative products (i.e. slope, orientation);
  • How to evaluate the interaction between different types of geodata through overlay and interaction techniques;
  • How to create effective maps based around the rules of graphic semiology;
  • Finally, we will also explore other, increasingly common, forms of spatial representation such as interactive web-mapping and 3D representations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digitization – Territorial Modeling: Spatial elements and the characteristics
  • Digitization - Geodata Capture and Documentation
  • Digitization - Automated Capture and Use of Existing Geodata
  • Storage - Geodata Structure and Organization
  • Storage - Data Management with SQL
  • Storage - Spatial SQL and NoSQL Databases

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  • Part-time
    • 2 months

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Academic requirements

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English requirements

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General requirements

  • Beginner Level

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