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In 1996 NCGIA initiated an NSF Advanced Technological Education Program to develop a Core Curriculum for Technical Programs (CCTP). It was intended as a curriculum-building resource of information related to the needs of GIS education in community and technical colleges. The resource units in this curriculum offer a complementary perspective to the NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIS (1990) and the Core Curriculum in GIScience (1997‒2000).

CCTP focused on technician training, providing course content from the perspective of what practitioners need to be able to do and resources for GIS instructors in technical programs. The CCTP project began with a one-week working session in summer 1996 at which fourteen GIS instructors and other experts developed a framework for the CCTP.

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Introduction to the GIS Core Curriculum for Technical Programs

(2015)

This introduction provides a historical overview of the GIS Core Curriculum for Technical Programs. It describes the working group and initial work session where a framework for the curriculum was developed, and it includes a task list outlining the topics originally intended for the curriculum.

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Outline of the GIS Core Curriculum for Technical Programs

(2015)

An outline of the GIS Core Curriculum for Technical Programs, organized by topic, is presented with hyperlinks to each unit's material on eScholarship. Note that hyperlinks are only active if the PDF file is downloaded.

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Unit 11: Registration and Conflation

(1998)

This unit discusses registration and conflation, two related procedures in which two or more geographic datasets are combined, compared or merged. It presents procedures for re-projecting or rubber-sheeting a spatially referenced dataset to another, and it discusses issues including data model conversions, scale aggregations and other GIS manipulation and analysis functions.

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Unit 33: Using Buffers

(1998)

This unit gives an overview of the buffer operation, including its potential uses, basic vocabulary, parameters, and implementation. An example application from natural and archaeological resource management in a national park is presented, along with illustrations of different types of buffers and list of useful related operations in ARC/INFO.

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Unit 23: Creating Maps with CAD

(1998)

This unit discusses the difference between computer-aided drafting (CAD) and GIS, and how data generated in CAD software can be used in GIS software. It describes the process of registering CAD data, how CAD entities relate to GIS features, CAD file types and how CAD data is organized thematically. Several example applications are outlined that illustrate these concepts.

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Unit 2: Demographic Data

(1998)

This unit is concerned with the task of locating demographic data, including data describing the socioeconomic characteristics of the population. Information about the age, ethnicity, gender, income, housing condition and other socioeconomic variables is considered. The scope of this unit is to provide guidelines and suggestions to identify demographic datasets and evaluate whether the data set can be used within a GIS effectively.

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Unit 32: Managing Digital Libraries

(1998)

This unit introduces digital GIS data libraries, including their uses, types, design considerations and validation. An application example from the area of water resources management is presented along with examples of generalized technical specifications for vector data.

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Unit 53: Communicating About and Distributing GIS Products

(1998)

This unit discusses the three major methods of communicating about and distributing GIS products: advertising, presenting demonstrations and providing training and support. It explains the basic advertising principals of AIDA (Attention, Interest, Desire and Action) and lists common questions to address when planning a marketing campaign, product demonstration, trade show exhibition or training and support.

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Unit 4: Land Records

(1998)

This unit discusses land records, one of the largest and most complex of the existing geographic datasets. Tasks addressed include locating and acquiring land records and the appropriate metadata from a variety of sources, combining data of different formats, scales and projections into a single map, and prepare a summary report to accompany the map.

Cover page of Unit 7: Finding, Creating, and Interpreting Metadata

Unit 7: Finding, Creating, and Interpreting Metadata

(1998)

This unit presents a general overview of metadata, its potential uses and relevant vocabulary. Techniques for finding, using and interpreting complicated metadata are discussed and approaches for efficiently creating and cataloging simple metadata presented.