John Van Hoesen

 

 


 

John is an associate professor of geology and environmental studies at Green Mountain College in rural west-central Vermont. He earned a M.S. and Ph.D in geology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2000 and 2003. He is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) with a broad background in the geosciences and has used some flavor of GIS to evaluate and explore geologic processes and environmental issues since 1997. He has used and taught some variant of FOSS GIS since 2003 and over the last three years has taught graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education courses using only FOSS GIS software.

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This course provides a rich introduction to the booming technology field of Geographic Information Systems, known as GIS. The GIS industry is exploding at double-digit employment and income numbers and promises employment opportunities well into the future. Students will learn the fundamentals of GIS and how to build digital maps using open source software that allows free unlimited use for private or commercial applications. All data and software required is included in the course.

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