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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Digitization – Territorial Modeling: Spatial elements and the characteristics

This first week deals with the first step in digitizing terrain, namely territorial modeling. In this week, we will consider factors such as the scale and theme of interest in order to determine which objects or spatial phenomena should included in the model, and we will also see how the geographic positioning and intrinsic nature (e.g. raster or vector) of these elements factors into how they are characterized in a terrain model. ...
6 videos (Total 71 min), 2 quizzes
6 videos
Territorial Modeling10m
Coordinates and projection systems17m
Introduction to QGIS14m
Spatial Relationships and Topology12m
Vectors and Rasters12m
2 practice exercises
Projection Systems14m
Vectors and Rasters8m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Digitization - Geodata Capture and Documentation

Digital data acquisition involves various techniques including the direct measurement of primary data, the semi-automated vectorization and digitization of spatial objects, or the georeferencing of digital images. In this week’s module we will begin with a lesson on metadata in which we will discuss the processes and rules for documenting a dataset, which are essential for data sustainability, and we will also introduce a case study on participatory GIS in Senegal and Seychelles....
5 videos (Total 104 min), 2 quizzes
5 videos
Acquisition of Primary Data16m
Case Study - GIS and Participatory Planning31m
Georeferencing Imagery13m
Digitizing Vector Objects20m
2 practice exercises
Georeferencing Imagery6m
Digitizing Vector Objects6m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Digitization - Automated Capture and Use of Existing Geodata

In this week we will continue to build on the topic introduced last week with automatic vectorization, and we will also review a non-exhaustive list of some important pre-existent data sources that are available for you to access. We will finish with a case study of a Senegal-Mauritania biodiversity project before you will test your knowledge in the first quiz of the module. ...
3 videos (Total 42 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
Geodata Sources18m
Case Study - Senegal-Mauritania Biodiversity Project9m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Assignment20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Storage - Geodata Structure and Organization

In this 4th week, which marks the beginning of the second module of the course devoted to data storage, we begin by reviewing the fundamental aspects of geodata storage and the most common data formats, before tackling the theme of relational databases and data modeling. The week concludes with a lesson on creating databases in the QGIS environment and a case study on the role of GIS in a transport and urban planning project in Senegal....
5 videos (Total 126 min), 2 quizzes
5 videos
Relational Databases31m
Data Modeling27m
Creating a Test Database15m
Case Study - Urban Development and Management in Touba30m
2 practice exercises
Storage10m
UML8m
Week
5
3 hours to complete

Storage - Data Management with SQL

The SQL language is the preferred vector for access to relational databases, and can be used to search for data meeting certain criteria (conditional queries), to aggregate and calculate statistics on subsets of data (aggregation queries), to combine the results of several queries (nesting and merging), to edit and modify data, or even to manipulate data structure (DDL, DML)....
5 videos (Total 106 min), 5 quizzes
5 videos
Conditional Queries28m
Aggregation and Sorting Queries18m
Compound and Nested SQL Queries19m
DDL, DML, and Views24m
5 practice exercises
SQL Basics10m
Clause WHERE16m
Agrégation-tri12m
Fusion, emboîtement10m
Définition et manipulation de données12m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

Storage - Spatial SQL and NoSQL Databases

While the previous week's lessons dealt with various general aspects of the SQL language, in this week we will learn about SQL queries specifically related to the spatial dimensions and the relationships that characterize geodata (geometric and topological spatial queries). We will also present a brief introduction into the rapidly expanding field of noSQL databases and finish the lesson portion of this module with a case study devoted to bushfire management in sub-Saharan Africa. Finally, this first MOOC on an introduction to geographic information systems will conclude with a second quiz to test your knowledge....
4 videos (Total 75 min), 3 quizzes
4 videos
Topological Spatial Queries14m
NoSQL Databases24m
Case Study - Brushfires in the Sahel19m
3 practice exercises
Requêtes spatiales géométriques14m
Requêtes spatiales topologiques8m
Assignment Module 220m

Instructors

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Stéphane Joost

Laboratoire de systèmes d'information géographique
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Marc Soutter

Laboratoire de Systèmes d'Information Géographique
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Fernand Koffi Kouamé

Professeur
Centre Universitaire de Recherche et d'Application en Télédétection (CURAT) - Université Félix HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY d'Abidjan-Cocody (Côte d'Ivoire)
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Amadou Sall

Département de Géomatique - Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE), Sénégal

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