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Spatial Data Science in Higher Education

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Spatial Analysis and Data Science

Spatial data science solves problems by transforming data into useful information. It enriches traditional data science by incorporating spatial characteristics such as proximity, coincidence, and connectivity in creating models and making predictions. Spatial data science gives students unique skills and advantages that are in high demand in the workplace. This web page is your first step in learning how to incorporate spatial data science into your curriculum through capabilities, examples, success stories, and training.

Spatial data science overview

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Combine powerful and out-of-the-box analytic tools with integration into external frameworks.


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Students gain programming and GIS skills

The University of Vermont strengthens student skills in a new course that combines GIS technology with the statistical programming language R.

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