This lifelong learning course can be attended as part of the master's degree Geographical Information Systems or as part of the postgraduate course Environmental applications for GIS.
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tools are an organised integration of hardware, software and geographical data that are designed to capture, store, analyse and display geographically referenced information. In the society we live in this information is of key importance because it is a strategic asset that provides knowledge and added value to present-day organisations. The emergence of new information and communication technologies has boosted the development of these new applications and new ways of understanding and managing our environment.
GIS works as a geographical content database that is associated with graphic objects on a digital map using a common identifier. This system allows users to separate information into different topic layers and store them independently. In this way it gives users the ability to relate existing information through the topology of the objects and generate new ones. GIS technology can be used for scientific research, resource management, asset management, archaeology, environmental impact assessment or urban planning, and these are only a few of many examples.
As well as showing us the possibilities that these tools can provide, this course offers students technological and operational knowledge of current systems, practical skills to be able to use these up to date IT tools and provides them with the ability to perform territorial spatial analysis. In turn, this allows for improved management of cities and the environment. Currently, there is a high demand for qualified professionals who know how to use GIS and have experience using the latest IT tools and devices.