In this GIS Data Acquisition and Map Design offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Toronto, you will learn how to find GIS data for your own projects, and how to create a well-designed map that effectively communicates your message. The first section focuses on the basic building blocks of GIS data, so that you know what types of GIS files exist, and the implications of choosing one type over another.
Next, we'll discuss metadata (which is information about a data set) so you know how to evaluate a data set before you decide to use it, as well as preparing data by merging and clipping files as needed. We'll then talk about how to take non-GIS data, such as a list of addresses, and convert it into "mappable" data using geocoding.
Finally, you'll learn about how to take data that you have found and design a map using cartographic principles. In the course project, you will find your own data and create your own quantitative map.
Skills You Will Gain
- Geographic Information System (GIS)
- Spatial Analysis
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- GIS File Types, Data Models, and Topology
- Finding data and preparing it for your project
- Geocoding addresses and postal codes
- Map Design Principles
- Mapping Quantitative Data
- Quantitative Map Types
- Project: Getting Data and Making Your Own Map
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- 2 months
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We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Beginner Level
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