June 7, 2004

EcoLog ERIS provides data, case study material for GIS program for environmental managers

TORONTO, ONT-EcoLog ERIS will be providing leading-edge industry data and case study material for a new certificate program recently announced by the University of Toronto's Institute for Environmental Studies (IES). The Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management is designed to provide an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) for environmental professionals with no prior GIS experience. It will consist of two intensive five-day workshops, the first of which will be offered this summer. Participants will develop practical skills through hands-on tutorials and exercises while also gaining a solid understanding of the underlying concepts. Topics will include geographic data input (digitizing and street address geocoding), data models (including ESRI's geodatabase), data availability, acquisition and management, map projections, and spatial query and map overlay analysis. The EcoLog ERIS material will be a feature of Introductory GIS Workshop. Its use will allow participants to gain experience with real data and environmental applications while they master GIS concepts and skills using state-of-the-art software ArcGIS 9. The program will be offered from August 23-27, 2004 at U of T's St George Campus. More information, including registration details, may be obtained from Donna Workman, 416/978-7077, E-mail d.workman@utoronto.ca.
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