Skills for the Digital Earth: Discover how Location Tech is changing our societies


DigitalearthcourseLocation technology has definitely changed the way the society looks at many things. GPS and navigation have become so common that no one realizes there has been a tectonic shift in the way we used to navigate just a decade ago, paper maps look like history now. I cannot remember the last time, I didn’t need to use Google Maps to navigate in a new neighbourhood. Getting “lost” has never been more difficult.

Location is the new buzzword and rightly so. But is Location just about navigation and some cool applications like FourSquare? How else do we utilize location in our societies? Judith Bock at the Elmhurst College decided to lecture about this particular topic and thanks to internet, we are all invited to the class!

Skills for the Digital Earth” is an educational MOOC that will explore the elementary question “How do societies utilize location?” besides engaging participants with more location technology information and practical exercises with online spatial software (JavaScript rocks! JavaScript for Geospatial). While most MOOCs on such topics end up being rather “basic” for Geo-People, this particular MOOC mentions that it is appropriate for those with no prior experience with geographic information systems (GIS) software all the way to advanced users.

As a big time Geospatial enthusiast, I am well aware of the fact that we can go on raving about how geospatial technology is changing the world and why Location is so important for future innovations. This MOOC is just another reason for us to indulge in some classroom activity and understand the academic thoughts behind Location technology, so see you all in the classroom 😉

The course begins on the 1st of March and is 4 weeks long (March 1st to 28, 2015). Here’s the link for you to register and here’s the link for detailed information regarding the course content and objectives.

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.