Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Credit: A. Robinson © Penn State University is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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The past decade has seen an explosion of new mechanisms for understanding and using location information in widely-accessible technologies. This Geospatial Revolution has resulted in the development of consumer GPS tools, interactive web maps, and location-aware mobile devices. This course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with Geographic Information Science. We explore what makes spatial information special, how spatial data is created, how spatial analysis is conducted, and how to design maps so that they're effective at telling the stories we wish to share. To gain experience using this knowledge, we work with the latest mapping and analysis software to explore geographic problems.

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Anthony Robinson

Anthony Robinson

Anthony Robinson is an associate professor of Geography and the director for Online Geospatial Education programs at Penn State. He coordinates faculty and staff to handle student affairs to ensure the long term sustainability and strength of Penn State's online geospatial education portfolio. He also serves as Assistant Director for the GeoVISTA Center in the Department of Geography. His research focuses on the science of interface and interaction design for geovisualization and geovisual analytics tools. He has developed interface design and usability assessment methods for integrating geographic visualization tools with work in epidemiology, crisis management, and educational domains.

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