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I'd like to suggest two books. The first one is Learn to Think Spatially from the National Academies Press. It is actually about the nature and functions of spatial thinking and shows how spatial thinking can be supported across the K-12 curriculum through the development of appropriate support systems like GIS but it should give you an idea on how to ...


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I am of the opinion that any course you have on your resume cannot be a bad thing. Your initiative to take a course to increase your knowledge can only be seen as a positive thing to prospective employers. I cannot speak to the value of the ESRI course but it will probably be of high quality. It will, however, be focused on python implementation within ...


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You can start with Michalis Avraam's Essential Skills to Succeed in a GIS Career blog post. He grouped the skills into: GIS Skills Spatial Data and Algorithms understanding Data entry Data conversion Data maintenance: *Metadata creation and editing GIS Analysis GIS Workflow Model Building Cartography and Graphic Design Programming Skills Basic ...


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I am a full time GIS Programmer for St Louis County Police (Missouri). The number one thing I work on are emergency management plans. Flood models, evacuation plans, security plans, critical infrastructure maps, sensitive populations, risk analysis maps (hazards overlayed with critical infrastructure and sensitive populations). My biggest project to date ...


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You have two ways to go or a combination of the two: Open source route: Not as common in industry, but growing. It's mainly characterized by using opensource tools such as QGIS, PostGIS, GRASS, and associated libraries and extensions. There are workshops that you can get from various FOSS GIS websites on the matter. These workshops are usually done in the ...


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You have your shape files, which the web browsers cannot read if you put them on a server somewhere. A user could download them and view them in an application but that's not what you want. So this is where GeoServer, MapServer, OpenLayers, PostGIS come into play. You would use PostGIS to store the data in your shape file as it's a spatial database. ...


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A more complete list (the first answer mainly refer to OpenGeo stack, that is excellent, but there are plenty of other options out there): User Interface OpenLayers GeoExt (based on OpenLayers) MapQuery (based on OpenLayers) Leaflet Polymaps Mapstraction Modest Maps Wax Map Services MapServer GeoServer Mapnik FeatureServer QGIS Server Web ...


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Making attractive maps is always a challenge, and a bit of art. You need to serve the information in such way that it is easily understood and not tiresome. Too much information and you've lost the reader. Too little information and you cannot communicate you point. QGIS comes with its own cartographic composer which enables you to do many-many wonderful ...


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It looks like the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive has a cached copy of the weekly outline page from Jun 29 2007. However, it looks like the links to the .zip and .py files used in the labs were not cached. I would also encourage you to contact the professor who ran the course and hosted the information on his webspace. It's likely Associate ...


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If all you want to do is produce Web-GIS applications then I'd recommend you take my GEOG585 course "Open Web Mapping" (https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog585/). But I have to say that you may well benefit from the other courses in the certificate to help you get up to speed in why geography is harder than it looks. I see a lot of web development experts ...


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The suite of FOSS tools in many cartographers' toolchests include: QGIS Inkscape GIMP Scribus R QGIS can handle the majority of vector and raster operations and most of the cartographic work. From a cartographic perspective, Inkscape and GIMP are primarily used to finish maps created within a GIS. Inkscape handles vector data, while GIMP is best suited ...


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That is SonarWave Lite by Tekmap. It's free and can be downloaded from the preceding link if you have some SONAR data lying around that you want to play with. The company who makes it also appears to make heavy use of GRASS and GDAL - so you can consider SonarWave Lite to be GIS-based, but for a very specific application. EDIT: I looked a bit more into ...


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I took a paid course through Geospatial Training Services, but I didn't pick up all that much. It was generally just: type this, type that. The course that really got me going was the Python course through Penn State's GIS Master's program. It's free, of high quality, and it makes you think. They give you several exercises to work through. Solutions are ...


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Dassouki's answer if very comprehensive - from the popular and technological perspective. I think its valuable to add that you can approach GIS from a non-programming perspective and still be very employable. This is the route that most geography departments at universities offer. If you take GIS as an undergrad in Geography, the school is likely teaching ...


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I wrote practical GIS Analysis over a decade ago primarily based on workstation arc/info. If you visit my Intro to GIS website http://nrm.salrm.uaf.edu/~dverbyla/nrm338 there are many spatial problems you could work on (Thursday class, each week has pdf of 3 to 4 spatial problems and a pdf of the conceptual solutions). Hope that helps. Dave Verbyla


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It depends on what you want to do after college. If you want to become a developer, it might be more helpful to get involved in some open source GIS development. That doesn't mean that a certificate would be of no use but your time might be better spent getting some code into a GIS project.


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I'm not a surveyor, so take this with a grain of salt. If your students are still being trained to use equipment that requires line-of-site, then my own property points out an interesting challenge. Except for a couple of cases, no two consecutive corners of the property are visible from one another. Thus, to locate them, you need to use auxiliary points ...


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The most promising application of the data is the map itself. From a developers point of view the other things you mentioned are interesting, but not particularly unique. Maps on their own are hugely powerful. For hundreds of years people have been discovering new ways to make maps faster, cheaper and more accurate. OSM is simply the latest iteration in ...


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I don't think that there is one most promising application for OSM. From a business standpoint, the fact that MapQuest and Bing are building commercial map and routing applications based on OSM data with the possibility of eliminating the financial liability of paying a commercial company a lot of money for data. From an community standpoint, I have been ...


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Well, it is a vast topic, I try to give my 2 cents ;) I am going to recommend an Open Source route, so you don't need to spend additional money in software licenses and you gain a lot in terms of freedom. First, if you don't already have this skills, you would need to master Javascript (I would definitely leave out Flash and Silverlight for many reasons) ...


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The implementation of crime mapping within large police departments (at least within the U.S.) is pervasive (and is only growing). In general, information gleaned from mapping crime patterns can be applied to many different facets of police work (as you can see from the wide variety of answers to this thread already). I will point to a few general resources ...


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In addition to a (potential) increase un employability, I think learning to use python is always a good idea. It makes your workflows reproducible, allowing you to version control how an analysis develops in time. If a co-worker asks you how you did this or that, you can just pull up the script. In addition, if someone asks you which postprocessing steps ...


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In the US, most programs that explicitly involve engineering would, at a minimum, expect you to be prepared for or have passed the EIT (or FE) exam. Requirements in the UK (and most western countries) are probably similar. You can read the NCEES requirements for mathematical and statistical knowledge online (pdf format). "Spatial science" looks like it ...


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ANY .... exposure to GIS is a good thing! It will do you no harm, especially in alignment/combination with your chosen acedemic background. GIS & an area of expertise -- a killer combination! You can get a free trial download of ArcView by ESRI HERE (suggested by Mark Ireland). As Artwork21 said, this is the Microsoft of the GIS World. Underdark ...


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Like Kirk alluded to GIS and Asset Management integration has been and still is a hot topic in the geospatial world. Having an understanding of the accounting side of this would be beneficial but I am not sure it would warrant going through all the steps of becoming a CPA. You might want to just take some general accounting type courses and see where that ...


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Personally think that for development work, there's not too much a programmer can get from a GIS course, unless the course is run specifically for Computer Science students (which is rare). My learning (coming from a similar background to yours with lesser experience at the time) after enrolling in a Master's course was applied physics, spatial/locational ...


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Include a cell phone technology example. Maybe mention how police using GIS technology can determine if someone was sending text messages while driving. They can obtain a log of the text messages and a log of positions, then use timestamps to determine speed of the car while text message was sent. Even if this isn't really possible, tell them it is :)


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I don't see one single most promising application for OpenStreetMap, but I do very clearly see the most promising outcome, which is the ripple it started - or at least helped start - in the geodata world. Good geodata used to be expensive and come with restrictive licenses. To a large extent this is still true, but things are changing. Look at what happened ...


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Most GIS certificate programs primarily focus ESRI ArcGIS, which is the Microsoft of the GIS world. Pursuing a certificate will get you up to speed with their technology, which is still in high demand in the job market. You may also download a trial version of ArcGIS and take some of their free Virtual Campus courses as @Mark Ireland has stated. An ...


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Since ArcGIS is the most common GIS, some of the basic courses in their Virtual Campus would be good to have on the resume - even if they might be a little too basic for you. If you are a computer sci student then I guess you could figure a lot of it out for yourself (using a GIS I mean, not necessarily geographical concepts). But it never hurts to have a ...



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