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Geospatial Intelligence the Geospatial Revolution

Course Summary

Learn how the revolution in geospatial technology combined with the tradecraft of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) have changed how we develop insights about how humans use geography, and discover the power of GEOINT.

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    Course Syllabus

    Week One: What is GEOINT?
    Learn what GEOINT is and how it provides a powerful way of thinking about and finding solutions to complex humanitarian, military, economic, and cultural problems. We'll discuss the role of secrecy and its challenges.

    Week Two:  GEOINT Data.
    Examine the types and nature of data used to create GEOINT, including textual information, imagery, and geospatial data. Discuss how location-based data is changing conceptions of privacy.

    Week Three: GEOINT Data Sources.
    Understand how GEOINT data is collected by a variety of methods including satellites, drones, crowdsourcing, and through social media.

    Week Four: The GEOINT Tradecraft.
    Apply the art and science of extracting meaning from GEOINT data to uncover and investigate relationships and patterns.

    Week Five: Applying GEOINT Principles.
    Use GEOINT principles to evaluate and transform raw data into descriptions, explanations, or judgments about a place.

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    Recommended Background

    No background is required; all are welcome. If you're already a GEOINT Professional, then you will find this class a bit basic, in which case I hope you'll consider taking the online courses that we offer at Penn State.

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    Course Format

    The class will consist of short lecture videos, which are 5-10 minutes in length, as well as written and graphical content to cover key geospatial intelligence concepts and competencies. Each week will feature a hands-on lab assignment using browser-based software. Weekly quizzes will be based on these concepts as well as those covered in lab activities. There is a (not optional) final exam.

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    Suggested Reading

    No readings aside from the course content are required, but students are encouraged to explore the Nature of Geographic Information and the Psychology of Intelligence Analysis.

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1 - 4 hours / week

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