GEOG 868
Spatial Database Management

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A spatial database is the backbone of a successful organization or website that depends upon maintaining and using data pertinent to locations on Earth. In GEOG 868, Spatial Database Management, capabilities specific to Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are combined to teach students to create, maintain, and query spatial databases in both desktop and enterprise environments. Learn the basics of Standard Query Language (SQL) and database design/normalization, the specifics of managing spatial data in an open-source technologies context (Postgres/PostGIS) and in the context of the Esri geodatabase. Along the way, you will become familiar with spatial functions and versioning, the latter in a server environment hosted by Amazon Web Services.

GEOG 868 is an elective in Penn State's Certificate in Geospatial Programming and Web Map DevelopmentCertificate in GISMaster of GIS, and M.S. in Spatial Data Science programs.

Learn more about GEOG 868 - Spatial Database Management (1 min, 16 sec)

Click here for a transcript of the course introduction video.

JIM DETWILER: Hi. I'm Jim Detwiler, co-author and instructor of Penn State's course on spatial database management, and I'm now going to share with you my top 10 list of reasons you should sign up for the course. I warn you; you may not find them all funny. In fact, you may not find any of them funny. Number 10, get to pronounce G-I-S as gis. Number 9, get to work with both open source and Esri software. Number 8, project two involves UFO sightings. Number seven, learn about versioned editing-- ooo. Number 6, you'll get to work in the Amazon cloud. Number 5, become the person in your office who actually knows how to use Microsoft Access. Number 4, do a final project of your own choosing. Number 3, it's the only place in our curriculum where you can learn about dirty areas. Number 2, find out whether cubic convolution is an actual thing or something that I just made up. And, the number one reason you should sign up for our course-- you'll have a chance to be taught by this man.

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