Monday, April 16 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
Understanding Coordinate Systems: A Brief History from Antiquity to the 21st Century

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Level: Beginner-Intermediate / Refresher

Learning Objectives:
  • Give historical context to the evolution of geodesy from antiquity to modern era
  • Provide a better understanding of coordinate systems, datums, projections
  • Basic data management and alignment
In this workshop we will look at the evolution of coordinate systems through time as a way to understand the anticipation generating around the 2022 Datum. Starting with the first celestial maps in Egypt and China this class will explore the motivation behind the development of geodesy with focus on historical context. As part of this review the workshop will help define and provide better understanding of coordinate system components: projection, datum, and origin. So often do many of the data discrepancies, legacy issues, and the proliferation of poor data quality begin with mismanagement or lack of understanding of coordinate systems. The workshop intends to provide attendees the necessary fundamentals to identify and fix data management issues.

Workshop Interactivity:
Workshop will include interactive samples, case studies and group exercise. Attendees should come prepared with a computer and QGIS. The wrap up exercise will go through basic coordinate system management.


Monday April 16, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Lewis Room