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Open Source GIS

One-week professional training course offered at
Department of Geography, Hunter College, CUNY
June 22-26, 2015, 9AM to 5PM

The Department of Geography at Hunter College of the City University of New York and Hunter Continuing Education are offering a five day professional course in Open Source GIS. This five day course will span the entire range of GIS data capturing, management, analysis, and visualization of geographic information using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). These different elements of the GIS workflow will be discussed over the first four days and will then be applied in a final project completed on Friday. The course will combine lectures with hands-on sessions where participants will work with different free and open source GIS packages. Computers and server space to run the exercises will be provided. Participants will be issued a certificate of participation upon successful completion of their final projects. Since we expect participants from different organizations in the tri-state area, this training course also presents an excellent networking opportunity.

The course is designed for experienced GIS users who want to broaden their skill set with expertise in the ever-growing world of free and open source GIS. Participants are expected to have a technical background and an interest in developing comprehensive workflows using multiple software components. While we do not require any programming experience, we will be working on the command line and developing some small scripts. Participants should hence be curious to master these valuable skills.

Carsten Kessler is an Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information (CARSI Lab) and Assistant Professor for Geographic Information Science in the Department of Geography at Hunter College ‐ CUNY.

Carsten has extensive experience in projects around open data and the exchange of geographic information, both in international research projects and as a consultant. His research interests are in the areas of information integration, volunteered geographic information, emergency management, and collaborative and participatory GIS.

He will be present for the duration of the course to support the participants in the hands-on exercises.

Location, registration and fees
The course will be held at the Department of Geography's computer lab in the Hunter North building at Lexington and 68th Street, Manhattan. Tuition fee for this course is $1800 and includes access to computers and server space to run the exercises.

Click here to register online
Locate 'Geography GS1' in the Course Category or enter code GISGEO-1 in the keyword search. You can also fill out our REGISTRATION FORM and email it to or fax to 212-772-4302.