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Intermediate Level

At least 2 years experience, comfortable doing data analysis, and fundamental grasp of GIS concepts.


Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Design data tables and use separating and joining data in a relational database

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    Write query strings to subset data

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    Create and work with raster data

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    Create web maps

Skills you will gain

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

At least 2 years experience, comfortable doing data analysis, and fundamental grasp of GIS concepts.


Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

7 hours to complete

Course Overview & Data Models and Formats

This first module covers major concepts in vector and raster data models, scale, designing data tables, using vector attribute tables, and separating and joining data in order to use it more effectively in a relational database.

15 videos (Total 115 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
15 videos
Course Mechanics4m
Module 1 Overview53s
Vector Data Concepts6m
Vector Data in Action7m
Raster Data Concepts7m
Rasters in Action14m
Scale and Implications9m
Managing Data in the Catalog Window8m
Data Design: Attribute Types9m
Using Vector Attribute Tables11m
Data Design: Joins and Relates7m
Data Design: Separating Data, Part 112m
Data Design: Separating Data, Part 211m
Module 1 Summary2m
4 readings
Getting Started in this Course15m
Getting a license15m
Tutorial Assignment 1: Data Structures and Personal Geodatabases3h
Extra Practice for Lessons 1 and 21h
2 practice exercises
Lesson 1 Quiz: Rasters and Vectors12m
Lesson 2 Quiz: Data Design10m
7 hours to complete

Creating and Working with Vector Data

This module is all about working with vector data. We'll review geoprocessing and introduce the intersect tool. This module also covers writing query strings to subset data, adding and calculating fields, configuring selections, editing and creating feature classes, and everything you need to know about digitizing data.

14 videos (Total 120 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
Working with Geoprocessing Tools10m
Intersect Tool8m
Writing Query Strings8m
Writing Query Strings: Boolean Operators11m
Adding and Calculating Fields9m
Interactive Selection10m
Using and Configuring Selections in ArcGIS10m
Editing Existing Data9m
Data Design: Creating New Feature Classes5m
Basic Digitizing11m
Workflow: Preparing Data12m
Workflow: Making Point Data from Coordinates8m
Module 2 Summary1m
2 readings
Tutorial Assignment 2: Editing Data3h
Extra Practice for Lessons 3 and 41h
2 practice exercises
Lesson 3 Quiz: Processing and Geoprocessing12m
Lesson 4 Quiz: Creating and Editing Data10m
6 hours to complete

Storage Formats and Working with Rasters

This module covers choosing data storage formats for particular purposes as well as tools for working with rasters. In the first lesson, we'll discuss geodatabase design and go over considerations for file geodatabases, personal geodatabases, shapefiles, and SQLite databases. The second lesson covers creating and working with raster data. We'll talk about spatial analysis, georeferencing rasters, raster calculator, and using zonal statistics.

13 videos (Total 114 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
13 videos
Geodatabase Features and Design13m
File Geodatabases9m
Personal Geodatabases10m
Workflow: Percent Overlap9m
Supplemental: Intro to SQLite Databases11m
Overview of Spatial Analyst12m
Georeferencing Rasters13m
Raster Calculator8m
Workflow: Zonal Statistics as Table5m
Workflow: Managing Data with Zonal Statistics and Join Field8m
Module 3 Summary1m
2 readings
Tutorial Assignment 3: A Suitability Analysis: Spatial Analyst, Raster Data, and DEMs3h
Extra Practice for Lessons 5 and 61h
2 practice exercises
Lesson 5 Quiz: Data Storage10m
Lesson 6 Quiz: Creating Raster Data8m
6 hours to complete

Data Quality and Creating Web Maps

The first half of this module goes over uncertainty and data quality, including a lecture on topology, which affects data relationships in your vector feature classes. In Lesson 8, guest lecturer Megan Nguyen will talk all about using ArcGIS Online, including sharing our maps with our colleagues.

10 videos (Total 48 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Assessing Data Quality and Uncertainty8m
Data Quality, Part 2: Measurement and Representation6m
Loading Layers in ArcGIS Online6m
Applying Symbology in ArcGIS Online6m
Map Annotations and Scaling in ArcGIS Online6m
Saving and Sharing Maps with ArcGIS Online3m
Module 4 Summary1m
Course Summary1m
2 readings
Short Tutorial: Exporting Shapefiles and Uploading them to Web Maps1h 30m
Extra Practice for Lessons 7 and 81h
3 practice exercises
Lesson 7 Quiz: Uncertainty and Quality6m
Lesson 8 Quiz: ArcGIS Online6m
Moving Valmeyer Final Quiz14m
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Top reviews from GIS Data Formats, Design and Quality

By LTDec 26th 2018

Great course. Quite challenging, huge amount of info shared and employed in the assignments. This makes the course very thorough yet as mentioned, challenging to complete. Not for the faint at heart!

By SSMay 1st 2016

Awesome..... The lectures are very helpful to the students or gis learners who wants to do some on-line, especially the final project was awesome... i really enjoyed and learned much more things...



Nick Santos

Geospatial Applications Researcher
Center for Watershed Sciences

About University of California, Davis

UC Davis, one of the nation’s top-ranked research universities, is a global leader in agriculture, veterinary medicine, sustainability, environmental and biological sciences, and technology. With four colleges and six professional schools, UC Davis and its students and alumni are known for their academic excellence, meaningful public service and profound international impact....

About the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization

Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an increasingly sought after skill in industries from agriculture to public health. This Specialization, offered in partnership with ArcGIS developer Esri, will teach the skills you need to successfully use GIS software in a professional setting. You will learn how to analyze your spatial data, use cartography techniques to communicate your results in maps, and collaborate with peers in GIS and GIS-dependent fields. In the final Capstone Project, you will create a professional-quality GIS portfolio piece using a combination of data identification and collection, analytical map development, and spatial analysis techniques....
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • You should have some experience in GIS before taking this course - it's not for absolute beginners. This is the second course in the Geographic Information Systems specialization, and you should have taken Fundamentals of GIS here on Coursera before enrolling in this course, or have equivalent experience. If you're not sure if you have equivalent experience, you can audit Fundamentals of GIS for free to look through the materials and fill in any gaps.

    Since all of the courses in the specialization run monthly, you won't miss out on this course by enrolling in Fundamentals of GIS first. This course will have a new session once you have the skills needed to take it.

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