The Nature of Geographic Information

Course Description

The Nature of Geographic Information is an orientation to the properties of geographic data and the practice of distance learning. The purpose of this course is to promote understanding of the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) enterprise. GIS&T is the intersection of professions, institutions, and technologies that produce geographic data and render information from it. It is a rapidly growing and evolving field. Learning is a way of life for all GIS&T professionals. With this in mind, I hope that this text may contribute to your lifelong exploration of how geospatial technologies can be used to improve the quality of life-yours and your neighbors', locally and globally, now and in the future.

This course is part of the following programs: Master of Education in Earth Sciences, Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Masters of Geographic Information Systems, and Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security.

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You can view the entire course here: Making Maps that Matter with GIS (GEOG 482)

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David DiBiase

David DiBiase is the director of education at Esri. He is also a faculty member in the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and the Master of Geographic Information Systems programs. He is lead author of the introductory course GEOG 482: The Nature of Geographic Information. DiBiase came to Penn State in 1989 after earning his bachelor's degree and master of science degree in cartography at the University of WisconsinNMadison. He has earned Penn State's Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mitchell Award for Innovative Teaching, the Association of American Geographers' Media Achievement Award, Esri's Special Achievement in GIS Award, and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science's Educator of the Year award in 2005.

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