Understanding Geographic Data
Acquiring geographic data can be expensive, so it makes sense for GIS users and their customers to know what to look for and where to find useful data. This course provides a comprehensive survey of the nature of geographic data and of the technologies and professions involved in producing the data. You will gain a thorough understanding of the geographic data needed to perform common GIS tasks. In course exercises, you will find geographic data on the Internet from institutions such as the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau, and work with ArcGIS software and public domain data viewing applications.
Who Should Attend
New GIS users and customers of GIS service providers who want to become informed consumers of geographic data.
Learn How To
- Specify the characteristics of geographic data needed to perform a given GIS task.
- Determine whether the required data is available.
- Recognize the technology required to produce data needed for a particular task.