What You’ll Study
In this minor in the Global Studies program, you’ll learn to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve real-world problems. Geospatial technologies connect data sets to landscapes and communities, which allows government and nonprofit agencies to gain new insight about environmental and social problems. Geospatial technology refers to GIS, GPS, spatial data management, and related developer tools and end user applications.
Open-Source Teaching & Research
Open source software means that the source code used to create the program is freely available for the public to view, edit, and redistribute. This code is written by a worldwide community rather than a single software company. Some do this as part of their “day jobs,” while others volunteer.
Free and open source geospatial technologies are critical for both developed and developing countries as they lower the access cost to geospatial software for education, government, and industry applications. They enhance research and teaching in geospatial science and technology and increase research and development of spatial data infrastructures. Most importantly, they enable more transparency, accessibility, and long term sustainability in our communities.