Education & Outreach
As part of its mission, CIESIN seeks to inform decision makers, the media, students, educators, and the general public about the changing world. The following sections contain online resources as well as training opportunities and publications that fulfill this educational mission.
CIESIN offers training in Geographic Information Systems (Geospatial Technologies) and metadata tools and management. We have also provided more tailored training programs focusing on information technology, on-line mapping, and other themes to address the needs of client organizations. Currently, our primary focus within the Columbia University system is on training in geospatial technologies.
This section includes reports, articles, conference presentations, and newsletters prepared by CIESIN staff and associates. Some are available online, whereas others can be obtained by contacting the appropriate CIESIN staff member. CIESIN has numerous online educational resources for K-12 teachers and students, college classrooms, and graduate-level education and research.
CIESIN regularly offers undergraduate and graduate courses through several different schools and departments at Columbia University, held at either the Morningside campus or the Lamont campus. CIESIN also provides a wide variety of online resources, including mapping tools, for K–12 teachers and students, college classrooms, and graduate-level education and research.
CIESIN currently supports a range of catalogs and guides through
its Socioeconomic Data and
Applications Center (SEDAC), a Distributed
Active Archive Center (DAAC) within the Earth
Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) of the U.S.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). CIESIN also
offers training in metadata preparation and management in collaboration
with the U.S. Federal Geographic Data
Internet list servers hosted by CIESIN.