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About the Course

In this course, the second in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization, you will go in-depth with common data types (such as raster and vector data), structures, quality and storage during four week-long modules: Week 1: Learn about data models and formats, including a full understanding of vector data and raster concepts. You will also learn about the implications of a data’s scale and how to load layers from web services. Week 2: Create a vector data model by using vector attribute tables, writing query strings, defining queries, and adding and calculating fields. You'll also learn how to create new data through the process of digitizing and you'll use the built-in Editor tools in ArcGIS. Week 3: Learn about common data storage mechanisms within GIS, including geodatabases and shapefiles. Learn how to choose between them for your projects and how to optimize them for speed and size. You'll also work with rasters for the first time, using digital elevation models and creating slope and distance analysis products. Week 4: Explore datasets and assess them for quality and uncertainty. You will also learn how to bring your maps and data to the Internet and create web maps quickly with ArcGIS Online. Take GIS Data Formats, Design and Quality as a standalone course or as part of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization. You should have equivalent experience to completing the first course in this specialization, Fundamentals of GIS, before taking this course. By completing the second class in the Specialization you will gain the skills needed to succeed in the full program....

Top reviews


Dec 25, 2018

Great course. Quite challenging, huge amount of info shared and employed in the assignments. This makes the course very thorough yet as mentioned, challenging to complete. Not for the faint at heart!


Apr 30, 2016

Awesome..... The lectures are very helpful to the students or gis learners who wants to do some on-line, especially the final project was awesome... i really enjoyed and learned much more things...

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By Matthew S

Jan 4, 2020

Lecture videos were HIGHLY applicable to my current job. Thank you!

By Cheol M L

Nov 18, 2017

This class was really helpful to me. I enjoyed GIS data Formats, De

By Amanuel P G

Feb 5, 2023

It helped me advance my knowledge and skills on working with GIS.

By Mostafa G

Mar 24, 2020

I have increased knowledge in my working life, thank you very much

By Snehit R

Nov 20, 2016

Good course to know about data formats and other tools used in GIS

By Sujit B

Oct 16, 2016

Great course! Thanks Nick, UC Davis, Coursera and fellow learners!

By Thomas O C

Aug 16, 2022

Lots of good information and the final project was a lot of fun!

By Ancizar R

Jul 24, 2020

I highly recommend this course, excellent content and resources.

By Santiago R S

Jun 26, 2020

As Always, Nick is the best teacher. He makes me learn sooo much

By Sean T

Feb 24, 2020

Great course and content, I felt challenged but not overwhelmed.

By Ivan M A

Jan 23, 2020

Very useful, didactic and effective for a rapid learning process

By Alexa C

Sep 21, 2019

Found a lot of useful information, the course is well strucured.

By Mohammad A

Sep 24, 2017

very very good course and perfect lecture

thanks Coursera really

By Charlotte K

Sep 15, 2021

Great course. Easy to follow lectures and interesting exercises

By Joshua S

Feb 8, 2019

Loved this course, excited to keep going in the specialization.

By Thrudur H

Oct 25, 2016

So useful! The teacher is also absolutely brilliant. Thank you!

By Michael M

Aug 12, 2019

Great course, building on knowledge given in the first course.

By Khaled A

Apr 13, 2020

I loved it, learned a lot and will continue learning from you

By Wen H

Nov 12, 2016

Great contents, very wel presented and fun to do assignments!

By Artur H

Jul 26, 2016

Great! Much fun to have the guest lecturer as well :) Thanks!

By Satchithanantham G

Oct 20, 2020

Very good course. Well-organised to understand and practice.

By Lindsey T

Feb 26, 2019

Really gave me the skills to start working with my own data!

By Priti R

Oct 21, 2018

Great course to learn about geodatabases and analysis tools!

By 蒋咏

Dec 12, 2016

It's really excellent! The course helps me a lot! Thank you.

By Gin

May 20, 2020

Highest quality teaching content and engaging assignments!