Using GIS (Spatial Analysis and Mapping) in Public Service
Fall 2014 quarter
Making maps and analyzing spatial data is useful in all phases of public service, from policy development to program implementation and evaluation. For instance, the Office of Financial Management recently produced maps to show regional differentials in firearm death rates in Washington State; other examples abound. In this course, students will be introduced to the suite of skills necessary to create useful maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will also learn how to find government demographic data sources and use them in thematic maps and other analytical products. The course will be taught workshop style, with students creating their own maps while following along with the instructor. We will briefly cover “Free and Open Source” (FOSS) alternatives to proprietary GIS systems. An important component of the course will be discussions of the students’ and instructor’s use of GIS at work. The instructor received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in Demography and works at Washington State Office of Financial Management, where he uses US Federal Census data and GIS daily.
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Evening and Weekend
Advertised schedule: Oct 24-26, 5-9p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun