Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

GEOG 60 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Professor: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue
Department of Global Studies and Geography
Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549 USA
Phone: (516) 463-5765. Fax: (516) 463-6519.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to encode, store, analyze, and report spatial data. They link different information technologies such as mapping and database management systems. They also provide a repository for spatial data, which can be constructed, maintained, edited and analyzed. The ability to use spatial information facilitates management and decisions in a wide array of fields and GIS are increasingly being used for practical purposes. They include marketing, resource management, facility location, environmental impact assessment, urban planning, transportation, and tracking crime data, just to name a few.

This multimedia course introduces GIS foundations, concepts, and application techniques. Specific objectives include:

  • Providing basic GIS concepts.
  • Acquiring basic GIS application skills.
  • Understanding the fundamentals of GIS tasks such as digitizing, thematic mapping, database management and spatial analysis.
  • Familiarization with the ArcMap GIS software.


Note: The laboratories, including the datasets, are contained in the ZIP files below.

PowerPoint Slides

Note: These slides have not been recently updated since the course is now laboratory-oriented, meaning that the students learn basic GIS concepts and skills by undertaking task-based laboratories.

Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

Dr. Rodrigue's research interests mainly cover the fields of transportation and economics as they relate to logistics and global freight distribution. Specific topics over which he has published extensively cover maritime transport systems and logistics, global supply chains, gateways and transport corridors. Current projects involve:

  • The Governance of Intermodal Transportation Assets
  • Geography of Logistics and Global Production Networks
  • Gateways, Corridors and Inland Freight Distribution
  • Globalization and Transport Terminals
  • City Logistics
  • Cruise Shipping