GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
NSE 15 Geographic Information Systems Saturday Sept 22, 29, Oct 6 & 13 10am-2pm $375
GIS software lets you produce maps and other graphic displays of geographic information for analysis and presentation. It is a valuable tool to visualize spatial data, target prospective markets, anticipate market changes and build decision support systems for use in your organization. Learn to store, retrieve, manage, display, and analyze all types of geographical and spatial data and to create spatial queries and other location-based analyses. A $25 non-refundable registration fee is not included in tuition.
WHAT IS GIS?
A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for acquiring, managing, investigating, evaluating and presenting all forms of spatial information. GIS allows us to examine, comprehend, probe, and visualize data in varied ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends (that are usually hidden in spreadsheets) in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.
WHO USES IT AND WHY?
From children to major organizations, users can be one person to several thousand people. Businesses, governments, education professionals, scientists, environmental and conservation organizations, natural resource groups and utility companies all reap the benefits of GIS.
WHY IS IT GOOD FOR BUSINESSES?
Businesses employ GIS to target present and prospective markets. Businesses also use it to see patterns of risk, most notably in the insurance field. Transportation-based businesses use it to manage the logistics of their fleet, from automobiles to aviation and marine, even hand-delivery, GIS is a resource for these businesses. GIS is perfect for the real estate industry as it helps for investment analysis to producing maps for prospective buyers inquiring about a new home.
WHAT KIND OF ANALYSES CAN BE RUN? LOCATIONS An analysis of where things are located to see patterns.
QUANTITIES An analysis of quantities, such as a children’s toy company mapping specific zip codes with families with high income. Another example is local department of health officials mapping the number of physicians per 1,000 people in each census tract to ascertain if there is adequate coverage.
DENSITIES Getting a complete picture of population versus land area supplies the user with a more complete picture of that area. Some areas are more crowded/dense than others. Knowing density allows for making smart investments in marketing and labor for an area. One zip code may have a smaller population than a neighboring zip code, but be smaller in area, theoretically making it denser.
MAPPING NEARBY RESOURCES/LOCATIONS Emergency officials map the locations of schools, residences, businesses to better locate hospitals, fire and police departments.
MAPPING SPACE AND TIME Mapping the change in area over a period of time, assists the user in predicting future outcomes and how to plan accordingly. An example is the use of crime maps and analyzing movement of crimes within an area during a period of time which can be a 24-hour cycle, weekly cycle, monthly cycle, etc. This allows a user to strategically position their police force to prevent and/or combat crime.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM GOOGLE MAPS™ ?
Google Maps™ is a limited tool compared to ESRI-based products. One can plot simple things with Google Maps™, but can’t as easily show simple graphical depictions of area trends.
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