Introduction to GIScience

Principle and techniques for application development, visualisation and spatial analysis

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GIS are gadually imposing as management, editing, query and visualisation tools in different fields of research involving quantitative analysis. Relevant applications can be found in urban planning, environmental sciences and risk management. The wide diffusion of GIS pushes the demand of high skilled professionals in either private and public sector. The introductory GIScience course aims to give the fundamentals of GIScience theory supported by practical examples and laboratory excercises using ESRI ArcGIS 8/9™ and MsAccess™ in relational databases development (ORDBMSs – Object Relational DataBase Management Systems).



The course, adopting a theoretical/practical approach, will cover the following topics:

GIScience project

The course is part of a wider learning project in GIScience and GIS, applications and geographic mashup development, environmental applications. Supported by high-level professional and academic profiles, the project includes following courses:

Following a complex and coherent learning path, after traditional part-time and distance learning philosophy, the course has been based, since its first edition in 2003, on both formal classes and self-learning periods, making course accessibility easier and learning objectives realistic


Office Automation MsOffice™, RDBMS MsAccess™, GIS ArcGIS 10™,, GeoDa 0.9.5-i5


Who is it for?

Professional working for both private and public sector interested in planning and environment issues, graduate and post-graduate students in similiar disciplines. No formal GIS knowledge is required, but it is required experience in using a PC and MsOffice™.

Location & dates

The course will take place at the Environmental Education Centre Casa Archilei , located in Fano (PU) and easily accessible from major transport links. The course will have a duration of 40 hours, with 8 hours lessons, on 27-28-29 March and 11-12 April 2014.



Course fees are 900 € + VAT (22%), to be paid in a unique instalment before starting date. Fees are reduced to 850 € + VAT (22%) for participants with their own notebook. Further fees reduction is applicable, based on conditions stated below.


Registration before February 28th, 2014
Participants in previous GIScience courses promoted by
Students regularly enrolled in degree, post-degree and Phd courses at italian or foreign universities at the moment of registration
Education Institutions, public and private companies enrolling more than one person










At the end of the course, participants attending at least 70% of the lessons will be awarded a Completion certificate.


Didactic material

Partecipants will be provided with full documentation about relevant course issues.
The course adopts the following textbook, included in registration fees:
Ormsbby R., Napoleon E. e Burke R., 2005. Getting to know ArcGIS Desktop: the basics of ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo. ESRI Press, coming with a time-limited copy of ArcGIS software.
Following textbook is highly recommended as well: Longley P.A., Goodchild M.F., Maguire D.J. e Rhind D.W., 2005. Geographic Information Systems and Science. 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, UK



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