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While term ‘Geospatial’ is becoming more and more trendy, many do still not know what hides behind the term. List of reasons for learning some Geomatics as soon as possible could probably make a whole dedicated post. This time though, we won’t be convincing you that Geospatial technology is amazing, but will give a list of opportunities for learning.

Below, you will find online courses from various platforms, that will help you to get more familiar with geographic information technologies as a tool for creating maps, mapping change, spatial analysis, remote sensing or creating cool info-graphics.

We tried to include courses from beginner to advanced level, so that each reader can find something that suits their level.

1. Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution


Level: Introductory

Duration of the course: 5 weeks of study

Time needed: 6-9 hours/week

Language of instruction: English

Welcome to geospatial revolution!

Aim of this course is to introduce how much our lives have changed due to geospatial technologies.
In the last years, our society has made a long way from using piles of paper maps to incredibly advanced and flawless automated technology.
Apart from relieving us from the necessity to use paper maps for navigation needs, what other opportunities are given to us in our smart phones that are packed with geospatial technology?

During 5 weeks you will get an overview of advances in satellite technologies, GPS, unmanned aerial systems. It will also explain how our vision and perception of reality is changing with wireless communications, handheld computing, and ability to instantly replace robust map analysis by automated processes.

Geospatial technology course is delivered by Dr. Todd Bacastow, Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence, from Pennsylvania State University.

While the course has already started on 5th of February, you may still use the opportunity to freely study course materials, or to enroll for future sessions.

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2. Sensing Planet Earth – Water and Ice


Level: Introductory

Duration of the course: 5 weeks of study

Time needed: 6 hours/week

Language of instruction: English

Earth is a very beautiful place to live in!
It is hard to disagree on this statement, but… all of us have seen disturbing news about glaciers and ice caps melting, water levers rising, floods and hurricanes being stronger than ever, droughts being more severe. So what exactly is happening to our planet? How fast is it happening? How can we separate media drama from scientific observation of change that is actually happening? How big is the part of human activity impact?

This course will help to learn, how to get reliable data in order to make analysis of processes in the Earth’s complex system. There are several ways to monitor Earth with the help of remote sensing methodology that will be presented in this course.

Isn’t is exciting to learn how to spy on your own planet?

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3. Exploring Humans’ Space: An Introduction to Geographicity


Level: Introductory

Duration of the course: 10 weeks of study

Time needed: 4 hours/week

Language of instruction: English

This course is designed at Swiss institute of Technology by a dream team of researchers in the areas of geopgraphy, urbanism, computer science, social science and history.

10-week educational journey will start with exploring concept of space and coming to understand how important this concept is in our lives. Afterwards students will move to analyzing different ways of utilizing space (and geography, as an approach to human spaces) can be used to understand social worlds and societies. From given perspective, during the course together with the instructors students will explore the city, urbanization, urbanity, urbanism, as well as individual actors in globalizing world and the complex relation between the society and biophysical world.

Idea behind the course on geographicity is to help students to deal with matter of the space after the end of the course. Ultimately, students will be enabled not just to read, but also to create their own maps.

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4. Sharpen Your GIS Skills


Level: Intermediate

Duration of the course: 2,5 hours of videos, 17 lectures

Time needed: Self-paced

Language of instruction: English

If you have ArcGIS for Desktop installed on your computer, but you feel stuck or frustrated with it at a times – this course may be the kick needed to get to the next level of software proficiency.

It will introduce new way to sharpen your GIS skills and support your organization.

Throughout the course students will learn how to share content that you’ve already created, so that it will be available to more people, and also learn to use of resources and information around that will help you do your work.

By learning how to use web GIS for spatial analysis, and ways of doing spatial analysis, we can all learn how to make better decisions.

This is a splendid opportunity to advance is GIS and to get knowledge straight from the ERSI professionals.

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5. An Introduction To Working With Electronic Maps


Level: Introductory

Duration of the course: 1 hour of video, 14 lectures

Time needed: Self-paced

Language of instruction: English

If you are not sure what GIS stands for, but you were curious about content of our blog, then you might consider taking this introductory course to geographic information systems.

Many people are already using electronic map applications, but are not quite sure what is the technology behind them. With the help of this course you can take a closer look on electronic mapping systems, data representation and working with maps.

Using open source GIS software QGIS one will learn how to read, change and create maps.

Basically, a simple and clear introduction to geographic information for wide range of applications.

Novices are welcome!

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6. Maps and the Geospatial Revolution


Level: Introductory

Duration of the course: 5 weeks

Time needed: 9 hours a week

Language of instruction: English

Would you like to design maps that tell great stories?

That’s the course that provides all the tools for this. Starting from distinguishing spatial data from other types of data, to finally creating own maps, track of this course will provide you many spatial and special experiences.

Here, aspiring geographers will receive theoretical background coupled with exercises based on real world data. You will learn how geospatial revolution has impacted everyone, as well as get hands on experience using latest mapping and spatial analysis tools.

You will learn core concepts in cartography, geographic information science and spatial thinking.

Starting date of this course is to be announced, so one can register to get email notification when the next session will be scheduled.

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7. From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing

from gps to computing

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Duration of the course: 5 weeks

Time needed: 9 hours a week

Language of instruction: English

Spatial computing, data mining, positioning, cartography, queries and databases – these are the main ingredients of this course. For those who are already confident with GIS, this is a great opportunity to become advanced. While you are expected to work quite a lot during this course, it is a great possibility to earn a certificate from University of Minnesota.

Course covers the following topics: statistical frameworks for processing geospatial data, key algorithms and data structures, spatial data mining, cartography and geovisualization. Beyond mentioned topics, it will also give insights on sources of spatial data, utilizing powerful open source software for mapping and spatial analysis, and frameworks for building location-based services.

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8. Geodesign: Change Your World


Level: Introductory

Duration of the course: 5 weeks

Time needed: 3-5 hours a week

Language of instruction: English

Blending together innovation, collaboration, systems thinking and data visualisation can produce amazing results! Geodesign process already has a few decades of history, but this form of design still not known enough.

It can be useful for wide range of people, possibly coming from government, design business, engineering and nonprofit background.

Why? Answer is, that geodesign can help making better decisions.

How? Geodesign is a kind of design that utilises techniques and practices from the range of disciplines in order to find innovative and out-of-the-box solutions for complex land use challenges.

Everyone is welcome.

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9. Urban Graphics 7: Urban Mapping in GIS

Level: Introductory

Duration of the course: 6 modules

Time needed: Self-paced

Language of instruction: English

This one is a very practical course from University College London!
Perfect for people with creative backgrounds: there is minimal input of technical theory, and the focus of the course is on learning through doing.

During this course, you will produce variety of maps, in different designs and from different initial data.


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10 Cartography MOOC (Apr 18 – May 29, 2018)

A lot of folks start their GIS career because of the cartography aspect. No doubt, some of the older maps are works of art.

Even though traditional cartography in paper maps is shifting to the digital age, its fundamentals remain the same. What are these cartography fundamentals and how do we ensure we’re using them in our maps?

In this free Esri training course “Cartography MOOC”, experienced cartographers coach you how to become a smarter map maker.

11 Earth Imagery at Work (Feb 7 – Mar 20, 2018)

Sentinel satellite

Whether it’s by drone, plane or satellite, there is an abundance of Earth imagery being collected. But how do you put this Earth imagery to work?

While there are hundreds of innovative remote sensing applications out there, this free Esri training course “Earth Imagery at Work” gives you an overview how to put these tools into action.

For example, they can increase productivity, save money and even protect the environment. In addition, you can learn how to identify landscapes and interpret imagery.

12 Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro (5 hrs, 30 min)

There are plenty of reasons to move to ArcGIS Pro and break out of the habit of using ArcMap. But maybe you need a bit more convincing?

If you’re an ArcMap user already, then start with “Going Pro: ArcGIS Pro Essentials for ArcMap Users”. In this free Esri training course, you can learn how to be productive right away.

But if you are relatively new to GIS, then we suggest the free Esri training course “Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro”. These are the essential concepts to jumpstart your productivity in ArcGIS Pro.

13 Python for Everyone (3 hrs, 30 min)

python logo

If you’ve read our ideas for free GIS programming training, then you already know that Python tops the list of scripting languages to learn in your career.

Because when you use Python, you can automate redundant tasks and create workflows that your organization can repeatedly reuse. But there are a lot of moving parts in Python. And it’s tough to get started.

This Esri course “Python for Everyone” helps you get off your feet and learn how to code in Python. Specifically, this helps you master proper Python syntax, script flow, and error handling.

 14 Introduction to GeoEvent Server (12 hrs)

In short, geoevent server connects to real time feeds or prompts events based on location. For example, when a service truck enters and leaves a shipping yard, it can generate timesheets on entry and exit automatically.

And we’re starting to see technological advances in “geofencing” for a lot more industries. For example, retail, security and even home temperature control can have geofencing options.

In the free Esri training course “Introduction to GeoEvent Server”, you begin to apply concepts of geofencing. In 6 modules, you will learn to create real-time feeds which you can connect to.

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One comment

  1. Free course (with certification) about GIS applied to Management https://blog.gvsig.org/2017/12/04/free-course-about-geographic-information-systems-applied-to-municipality-management-list-of-topics-and-1st-module-differences-between-sig-and-cad/ It starts with ‘basic’ modules and it will finish with 3D, geoprocessing, mobile GIS and Spatial Data Infrastructures. And all with open source 🙂


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