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GIS Foundations

Learn foundations of GIS concepts and geospatial technology to view, understand, query, visualize, and interpret geospatial data to reveal patterns and relationships for effective problem-solving and better decision making.

GIS Foundations

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After a course session ends, it will be archived.
Estimated 4 weeks
3–5 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
Free
Optional upgrade available

About this course

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GIS is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. Using the principles of geographic science, it integrates many types of geospatial data, analyzes their relationships, and organizes them in layers of information for visualization and improved understanding. This course focuses on ESRI’s ArcGIS software, the industry standard. Jack Dangermond, CEO of ESRI, describes GIS as “uncovering meaning and insights from within data.” ****

Participants in this course will learn GIS concepts, tools, and processing applicable to problems in a variety of fields. The course is designed for self-study with lessons covering GIS applications on real-world problems, and prepares learners for more advanced applications such as 3D GIS and GIS Image Analysis, the two other courses in the GIS Essentials Professional Certificate.

GIS, once an esoteric technology limited to geographers and data scientists, is now available to everyone. Thousands of organizations in virtually every field are using GIS to analyze data, make maps that reveal patterns and relationships, share insights, and solve complex problems of local to global significance.

Verified track learners will receive an ArcGIS Pro license in addition to unlimited course access and a verified certificate.

At a glance

What you'll learn

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  • Use ArcGIS Pro software efficiently
  • Explore, create and analyze geospatial data in ArcGIS Pro software
  • Create and share new GIS data
  • Use ArcGIS geoprocessing tools for data preparation, building workflows and spatial analysis
  • Create informative maps, graphs and charts
  • Perform spatial analyses on points, lines, and polygons data to gain deeper insight into data, pattern and relationship
  • Tell an engaging story using ArcGIS Story Maps

Week 1: Introduction to GIS

  • What is GIS?
  • History of GIS
  • GIS applications
  • GIS data types (point, line, polygon, raster)
  • GIS file types (File Geodatabase, Feature Class, Shapefile, Table, GeoTiff)

Week 2: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro Software

  • ArcGIS Pro (license and installation)
  • ArcGIS Pro orientation and best practices
  • Create/edit vector and raster GIS data
  • Data properties and attribute table
  • Coordinate system and map projection

Week 3: Spatial Analysis

  • Getting started with geoprocessing tools
  • Measure distance, area, elevation, and time
  • Analysis of points, lines, and polygons data
  • Network analysis

Week 4: GIS Map Making

  • Create your first GIS map
  • Create graphs/charts
  • ArcGIS story maps

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