Advanced Geographic Information Systems

The goal of this course is to enable students to develop a good understanding of emerging new geospatial data sources and also including relevant data models and data management techniques. The studied subjects include Big Data including the Semantic Web and Linked Data, Web APIs and novel data management systems such as NoSQL databases. Students will learn how to utilize these new data sources and learn techniques for managing such complex spatial datasets. The specific topics addressed are VGI (crowdsourcing geospatial data sets and user contributed content), linked data (RDF, SPARQL), non-traditional Web data sources (data streams, Web APIs, e.g., Twitter), and novel data management tools (MongoDB). In addition, we will briefly cover relational databases as a contrast to more recent trends.

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