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GOV 94DN - Mapping Social and Environmental Space

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Jill Kelly

This seminar will use mapping as a methodological technique to examine social and environmental issues. Students will be expected to use mapping software to examine spatial data for a location and topic of their choice for their final paper. Weekly discussions will be conducted in class on various mapping related topics. References will range from books like "How to lie with Maps" to current journal articles examining the use of GIS in social science.

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SCI 6322 - Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Robert Pietrusko

Maps do not represent reality, they create it. As a fundamental part of the design process, the act of mapping results in highly authored views of a site. By choosing what features, forces, and flows to highlight -- and implicitly, which to exclude -- the designer first creates the reality into which their intervention will be situated and discussed.  Over the course of a semester, students will work extensively with techniques of geospatial analysis in GIS.

GHP 534 - Introduction to Spatial Methods for Public Health

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Marcia Castro

This is an introductory level course in the conceptual and analytic tools used to understand how spatial distributions of exposure impact on processes and patterns of disease.

CSCI E-8 - Web GIS: Technologies and Applications

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Pinde Fu

Web GIS, as the combination of the web and GIS (Geographic Information Systems), is a new and promising field. It has unlocked the power of GIS, and put online maps and geospatial intelligence in the offices of millions and the hands of billions. This course aims to provide students with the essential web GIS knowledge needed for managing web GIS projects, teach students the latest web GIS technologies needed for building modern web GIS apps, and inspire students with real world application case studies.

ENVR E-118b - Sustainable Tourism, Regional Planning, and Geodesign

Spring 2018
Instructor(s)  Megan Epler Wood; Stephen M. Ervin

This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide. Students learn to present quantitative and qualitative economic, sociocultural, and environmental data, to determine the best management of vital natural and social resources, and to build scenarios that include the impacts of climate change, including approaches to mitigation and adaptation, over the next 20-30 years.

Sociology 219 GIS Workshop

Date  January 12, 2018 - 9:00am to January 13, 2018 - 9:00am

Introduction to GIS workshop for students of Transnational Historical Sociology (Sociology 219)

Jan. 12, 2018


9:30 – 9:45 – Introductions, tour the CGA

9:45 – 10:30 – Presentation: GIS Basics and the CGA

10:30 – Noon – Create a general reference map with QGIS.  Explore some “Imperiia GIS” data.

Noon – 12:30 – Discussion


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Aibin Yan

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Aibin Yan is an Associate Professor from the Department of Landscape Planning and Design, East China University of Science and Technology. His research interests cover Architectural History, Chinese Classical Garden, Heritage Protection and Urban Spatial Culture.

aibin_yan [at] fas [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Drone Imagery In ArcGIS

Date  February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Speaker:    Cody Benkelman, Technical Product Manager for Imagery at ESRI, will be at Harvard to present this workshop on tools and techniques for working with imagery from drones (but applicable to other sources) within ArcGIS. Download Agenda

GIS Tech Position at MassGIS

Closing Date  Sunday, January 8, 2017

MassGIS is pleased to announced that today we posted on the MassCareers web site a position announcement for a full-time permanent GIS Technician position. The job description and information on how to apply can be found here


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