We’re excited to offer an online certificate course on Mapping for International Development: May 27 – June 20, 2014. Due to the success of this course last October and November when we launched it, we’re offering this course on digital mapping again to equip international development professionals with the tools to better visualize the geographic impact of their programs.
If you’ve been on the fence for a while about taking an online course, this would be a great one to start with. We’re also always looking for speakers and guest experts who would like to present on their work. Drop us a line if you’re interested.
Early registration ends April 30 so be sure to get your application in before then! Apply here.
Cheers and feel free to reach out with any questions,
The use of digital mapping tools is beginning to reshape the way that international development activities are carried out. Government agencies, NGOs, companies, and other actors are beginning to turn to digital maps to draw attention to human rights violations, help communities prepare for natural disasters, visualize social media trends in real-time, monitor election violence, distribute food and other resources more effectively and so much more.
In this four-week online certificate course, participants will learn practical skills related to all aspects of the map creation process:
(1) How to gather data for your map or work with data that already exists
(2) How to organize and classify data effectively
(3) How to design an aestheticly beautiful digital map
(4) How to maintain the map over time. Some of the platforms and tools we will explore include: OpenStreetMap, GoogleMapMaker, MapBox, Ushahidi, ArcGIS, as well as Palantir and CaerusGeo.
Participants will work with leading experts in the field to explore topics like how to choose the right mapping platform, how to create a narrative or story with a map, how to work with data from the crowd and more. Participants can expect a dynamic learning environment with a number of real-world case studies from countries like Syria and Indonesia, custom animations and video tutorials, interactions with leading experts in the field and practical simulations to apply new skills and strategies.
We are still adding to our syllabus, but you can learn further details here.
Course Topics and Featured Tech
Map your neighborhood in OpenStreetMap
Visualize your data with Google Fusion Tables
Decisions on data: OpenStreetMap and Google
Make beautiful maps with TileMill and MapBox
Track a crisis with Ushahidi
$395 if application and payment is submitted by April 30th
$445 if application and payment is submitted by start of course