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Introduction to GIS for Education

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Key points from slides:

  • GIS is any system used to analyze, capture or work with geospatial data and can ingest three main types of data: tabular, vector and raster.
  • Different tools within the software are only able to work with specific data types.
  • Outside of classroom instruction common processes undertaken by education professionals conducting GIS work include:
    • Facilities management (capacity, infrastructure, emergency planning).
    • Administration
      • Comparison between schools, boards and other benchmarks
      • Location attributes (student:teacher ratios, funding, enrollment)
      • Transportation networks
      • Policy informed by community attributes
    • Stakeholder feedback via participatory tools
  • ArcGIS Online is a proprietary tool that is great for entry level users.
  • Many visualization tools can be found linked from the data visualization subject guide.