MPS in Geographic Information Technology is a great program
for anyone looking to start a career in GIS. I would recommend this
program over other schools or on-line programs, on account of its
state-of-the-art GIS lab (private lab not accessible to other NEU
students), the cohort of students for support, mutual learning and
encouragement, and the high-quality instruction. I was fortunate
to be taught by professors employed at both MassGIS,
who provided a wealth of insider's information on the new trends,
standards, and technicalities of GIS.
Massachusetts is known to be one of the most "data-rich"
states in the country, thanks to the free, comprehensive
repository of vector and orthophotographic data avaliable from MassGIS.
MassGIS also offers free Web Services of their
data for on-line mapping. Check out the MassGIS
Web Services Wiki or the MassGIS
WMS layers list for more information. New England in general
is a great area in which to learn GIS, due to the friendly and supportive
network of GIS professionals who are always willing to help out
fellow GISers. Joining the
NEARC listserv is a great way to be involved in this community.
If you do not live in Massachusetts, don't despair. Northeastern's
MPS-GIT courses are also offered on-line, and you can still take
advantage of the free MassGIS data and services
Please don't hesitate to contact me
if you'd like to know more about the NEU program or GIS in Massachusetts.