Course description

We live in the post-PC era. We have far more smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices than desktops and laptops. With their advantages in mobility and location awareness, mobile devices have become an indispensable part of geographic information systems (GIS) solutions in sustainable development, health and human services, emergency management, and utilities. Consumer mobile GIS applications, such as Google Maps, Google Earth, Waze, and Zillow, have put the basic GIS capabilities in everyone's hands. This course focuses on enterprise mobile GIS, which offers a much wider variety of capabilities. Students learn the foundational principles, in-depth knowledge, and state-of-the-art technologies to manage, design, and implement mobile GIS projects. This course teaches students how to design GIS data, layers, maps, and smart logics for online and offline spatial data visualization, data collection, assets and users tracking, and field operation coordination based on Esri's mobile GIS products, including Survey123, Field Maps, QuickCapture, AuGeo, ArcGIS 360 VR, AuGeo, ArcGIS Earth, Indoors, and AppStudio. The course explores the popular types of applications and the frontiers in mobile GIS, including location-based services (LBS), volunteered geographic information (VGI), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR). Access to Harvard ArcGIS Online and Mobile ArcGIS applications is provided. For complete and current details about this Harvard Extension course, see the description in the DCE Course Search.


  • Project Lead and Senior GIS Application Developer, Professional Services Division, Esri, Inc.
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