GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Welcome to GEOG 583 - Geospatial System Analysis and Design


Geography 583 is a required course in the Penn State Professional Masters in Geographic Information Systems. This course surveys a range of contemporary systems analysis and design methods through case studies, collaborative work, and critical reading/writing. Key topics in the course outline the broad range of current GIS systems, how they are designed and evaluated, and how emerging technologies may impact their design and implementation in the near future.

Want to join us? Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback and earn academic credit. For more information, visit Penn State's Online Geospatial Education Program website.

Professor Introductions

Justine Blanford (Spring 1)

Much of my work concerns issues related to human health either indirectly through examining threats to food supply (via crop pests and crop diseases) or more directly via disease, human movement and accessibility to health care and healthy environments (nutrition, food). I use GIS to understand the ecology of disease and connectivity between locations using novel data sources such as news feeds and social media microblogs. Recently, these have included looking at movement patterns in data-poor regions, in relation to vaccination needs, by identifying key travel routes, accessibility to healthcare and disease epicenters as well as mapping people’s activity space at a national and international level.

Click for a transcript of Justine Blanford's Intro Video.

Hi I'm Justin Blanford, GISer and PhD in biology. I got into GIS just by chance really. I finished a degree in geography and didn't really know what to do with myself and ended up at a tiny College in the middle of nowhere in Nova Scotia, the College of Geographic Scientists, where I spent a lot of time learning about GIS and programming. And then with those skills, managed to travel the world and work in different areas and eventually ended up here, where I now teach many of those skills I picked up. Hopefully in some of the classes that you're in with me you get to learn some of those technical skills and can put them into good us. So until then I look forward to meeting you all and hopefully see you soon.

Fritz Kessler (Spring 2)

Click for a transcript of Fritz Kessler's Intro Video.

Hello I'm professor Fritz Kessler. I'm one of the geography faculty the teach a variety of online courses to the MGIS program. I also teach a mix of residential courses in the Geography Department. Most of my course topics deal with cartography and spatial statistics. I came about to these topics of interest because of my mathematical background. During my undergraduate schooling, I gravitated toward geography because I found out that cartography was inherently mathematical. And one of the topics in particular, map projections, is very mathematical. And there was a natural inclination for me to take a cartography course because of that mathematical association. When I'm not doing cartography or researching cartography or teaching I like to play the banjo. I like to go to a lot of bluegrass festivals and so forth. I also play guitar and mandolin. I look forward to meeting you in a future course and if you have any questions reach out to me. I'd be most welcome to hear from you. Thank you.