Coursera is a website that has 100’s of courses from Intro to Algebra to History of Rock. The website is a collaboration between several universities around the world such as Penn State and University of Tokyo just to name a few.  All courses are free to take and come with a certificate of completion at the end. If you want something to add to your resume or just to learn a new skill this is something to look at.


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  1. I have always had a desire to develop a better understanding how software packages like ALK or Rand McNally work in determining the mileage between two points.

    Can you direct me to some resources or courses that I can work through to help with this?

  2. They way they calculate mileage or distance between 2 points is actually proprietary for each company. It depends on collection methods, how up to date the data is and what is being calculated. You can either do “as the crow flies” or straight line distance. Which is how far it is between 2 points regardless of what is there. Just take a straight line measurement on a map. The other method taking into account streets and traffic all depends on the data. It is the reason why you can pull MapQuest, Rand McNally or Google maps and they will all give different answers.

  3. Tatiana,
    I appreciate the response. I’m already aware of the “as the cros flies – Great Circle method”, I’m really looking for a way even on a simplistic basis to calculate mileage via the highway system. I just don’t know where to start.

    I suppose if I had a L/L for each highway marker, exit, etc. you could calculate the shortest path but that calculation could take hours LOL

  4. I am interested in GIS 101 courses.How can i join the institutions tha offar dis?

  5. On Coursera, Penn State has an offering entitled, “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution,” beginning July 17, 2013 and lasting five weeks. It appears to be an excellent introduction to endeavors that are part and parcel of GIS. As it’s a bit hard to find, a link is copied below:

  6. I do accept as true with all of the ideas you have offered to your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very brief for beginners. Could you please lengthen them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

  7. there are three GIS 101 courses and 2 GIS 201 online courses you offering. As a beginner, i would like to know which of the 3 GIS 101 courses to begin with, and i take it that each of these courses are 1 day training?

  8. All the courses can be completed within 1 day. And as for which 101 to take depends on your needs. There is GIS 101 for ArcView which is an ESRI software. There is a 101 available if you are a landmen and there is a GIS 101 if you want to learn basic skills using Quantum GIS.

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