GIS-49: Introduction To GIS

A Workshop With Kevin Price

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GIS 49-1


300 minutes

This video is designed for a general audience that includes engineers, administrators, planners, cartographers, resource managers, GIS technicians and teachers. Issues of database development and utilization are discussed to help users avoid costly pitfalls associated with GIS implementation.

Dr. Kevin P. Price is a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the University of Kansas and the Associate Director of the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) Program. He has over 13 years of experience in GIS and remote sensing and has taught numerous workshops on these subjects to national and international audiences.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a multi-billion dollar technology cutting across many disciplines and revolutionizing the way geographic information is mapped, monitored, manipulated, and used to model the human and natural environments. Thousands of organizations are adopting GIS, yet many users lack knowledge about basic principles required to fully capitalize on the utility of this technology. In the workshop, the following GIS topics are discussed:

Concepts and Components
What is a GIS? What are geographic data and how are they used to make important management decisions? Is GIS different from computer aided design (CAD) and automated mapping/facilities management (AM/FM), and can data from CAD and AM/FM systems be used in a GIS? What kinds of questions can a GIS address and what are the capabilities of a state-of-the-art system?

Data and Database Formats
What are the conceptual components, database formats (models) and structures of GIS? What are the differences between raster and vector data formats and can these formats be integrated? What is topology, and how is it used to provide valuable information about the position of an object relative to other geographic features? How are geographic attributes linked to graphic elements and output in map formats? What is a relational database and how are boolean logic and other analytical operations used in a GIS to simulate the "real" world?

Capabilities and Functions
How are query, proximity, overlay, neighborhood, and network operations used to extract useful information from a GIS database? How is GIS used to derive new information and model natural and urban environments?

Real world examples will be used to demonstrate the effective application of a GIS to important issues relative to natural and urban environments. Examples of natural resource applications include GIS use for natural resource inventorying and mapping, selection of optimal site locations, and environmental change detection. The integration of remotely sensed satellite imagery and GIS will be demonstrated throughout the natural resource examples. Applications for local government and utilities include mapping, assessment, infrastructure management, land development, site selection and
design. Urban, regional, and state applications include planning and transportation.

Existing Data Sources

GIS database development is expensive and much time and money may be saved by using existing data sources. During this section of the workshop, you will learn about data that already exists, and considerations associated with using these types of data.

Technological Trends
Where is this technology heading and what are some future applications and business opportunities? How are the software and hardware evolving? How are multimedia and GIS technologies being integrated? What are the future data sources that will accelerate the use of GIS and create commercial and research opportunities.



  • Kevin Price, Department of Geography, University of Kansas; Associate Director of the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) Program

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