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Spring 2019
Sep 16, 2019
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PPOL 683 - GIS&Spatial Data Modeling-PPOL
The world we live in today is faced with complex, challenging problems. Technological advances have given us the ability to collect billions of data points for topics ranging from financial transactions, to service calls, to voting preferences. How can we turn this data into useful information? How can we extract the information we need to make smart decisions and solve these challenging problems?
In the Public Policy world, many of these problems and challenges are geographic in nature—they involve and impact people and the places they live and work. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has a long history of providing data management, visualization, and spatial analytical capabilities to help government leaders understand their constituents, identify and analyze problems, and shape public policy to make better decisions.

In this course, students will learn about the following topics:
•	GIS and the Geographic Approach
•	Examples of GIS in Public Policy
•	The “Language of Spatial Analysis”
•	Spatial data models and Open data sources for policy analysis
•	Mapping and visualization of spatial data
•	Quantifying and modeling spatial data using spatial statistics and spatial econometrics
•	Using WebGIS and Story Maps to publish and share your work

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Public Policy Department


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