New Geo MOOC: From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing

The new course, from the University of Minnesota is titled, "From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing." It's listed on Coursera site as requiring 4-10 hours per week, but does not currently have course length nor dates noted. The instructor is not noted either. The course blurb suggests a broad range of topics:

From Google Maps to consumer global positioning system (GPS) devices, spatial technology shapes many lives in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. Thanks to spatial computing, a hiker in Yellowstone and a taxi driver in Manhattan can know precisely where they are, discover nearby points of interest and learn how to reach their destinations. Spatial computing technology is what powers the Foursquare check-in, the maps app on your smartphone, the devices used by scientists to track endangered species, the routing directions that help you get from point A to point B, the precision agriculture technology that is revolutionizing farming, and the augmented reality devices like Google Glass that may soon mediate our interaction with the real world.

This course introduces the fundamental ideas underlying spatial computing services, systems, and sciences. Topics covered will include the nature of geospatial information, proper statistical frameworks for working with geospatial data, key algorithms and data structures, spatial data mining, and cartography/geovisualization. We will also address applied topics such as where to find spatial data, how to use powerful open source software to analyze and map spatial data, and frameworks for building location-based services. 

The course is offered at different "levels":

Curiosity Track: Just interested in the topic, not interested in a certificate of accomplishment. 

Concepts Track: Interested and want a a Statement of Accomplishment, but not a programmer and don't have a statistical background

Technical Track: Interested and want a Statement of Accomplishment and want to and can do math and use an API.

Published Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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