GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Welcome to GEOG 583 - Geospatial System Analysis and Design

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Welcome to GEOG 583 - Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Geography 583 is a required course in the Penn State Master of Geographic Information Systems degree and the Master of Science in Spatial Data Science degree. 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

Video: Fritz Kessler - (1:16)

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

Hello. I'm professor Fritz Kessler. I'm one of the geography faculty that teaches 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 bands and 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.


Video: Todd Bacastow - (0:58)

Click for a transcript of Todd Bacastow's Intro Video.

TODD BACASTOW: Hi, my name's Todd Bacastow. I'm a professor of practice for geospatial intelligence at Penn State in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. My expertise is-- really started out as geographic information systems. I attended Penn State in the 1980s, and sort of in the early stages of geographic information systems. And then went from Penn State, where I taught at West Point for three years, went off to Europe and did some things, geospatial. And I'm coming back to Penn State again and getting a Ph.D. in geographic information systems. When I feel a little wilder and stealthier, I go for the field of geospatial intelligence. It's perfect for government, business, and Homeland Security. Whatever it is, geographic information systems or spatial intelligence, we're here for you. [MUSIC PLAYING]


doug miller

Doug Miller

Dr. Douglas Miller is a Professor of Geography in the Departments of Geography and Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State – where he also founded and has directed, for 16 years, the Center for Environmental Informatics. Dr. Miller has been actively involved in applying remote sensing and geospatial technology to interdisciplinary research challenges in the earth and environmental sciences for the past 29 years.


Anthony Robinson

Anthony Robinson

Dr. Anthony C. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Online Geospatial Education Programs at Penn State. He is also an Assistant Director for the GeoVISTA Center in the Department of Geography. Dr. Robinson serves as the Co-Chair of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Visual Analytics and has recently served as the President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). His research focuses broadly on designing and evaluating geovisualization tools to improve geographic information utility and usability. He has completed research projects in epidemiology, crisis management, and higher education domains. His research efforts have involved characterizing how users assemble and collect their analytical results, studying the use of visualization tools using eye-tracking, and evaluating new methods for cartographic representation in a variety of contexts. In recent work he has begun work to develop geovisual methods for representing the presence of absence in big spatial data, and to characterize the design and content of viral maps. Dr. Robinson has had the opportunity to teach one of Penn State’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera – Maps and the Geospatial Revolution, which has drawn over 125,000 students from 200 countries to date.