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GEOG 865
Cloud and Server GIS
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Is your understanding of Cloud GIS a bit hazy? Does thinking about it leave you in a fog? We've designed GEOG 865, Cloud and Server GIS, to help you understand how all of the various pieces of architecture fit together. By the end of the class you'll have a clear understanding of Esri's and others' offerings in the space, how to implement ArcGIS Enterprise on Amazon EC2, make online maps with Carto and Mapbox, and engage in some blue sky thinking of your own in our weekly discussions about trends and directions.

At a Glance


Applications in GIS
Geospatial Programming and Software Development
Amazon Web Services
ArcGIS Desktop
ArcGIS Enterprise
ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Server
Portal for ArcGIS
SyllabusGEOG 865 Syllabus

Upcoming Offerings

Semester Instructor
Summer 2024 Ryan Baxter, Ph.D.
Fall 2, 2024 Ryan Baxter, Ph.D.
Spring 2, 2025 Ryan Baxter, Ph.D.

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What Our Students Say

GEOG 865 was one of the most helpful and practical classes.

“Many people reference the cloud, but few grasp the correct vocabulary to articulate the different types of cloud services that would most benefit their personal, business, or professional goals. Geog 865 was one of the most helpful and practical classes to better understand cloud technologies and trends for GIS-specific applications, from storage to app design. After taking this class, I'm better prepared to engage IT professionals in my organization to explore new and innovative ways of utilizing cloud services.”

— Brookelynn Constant

The material covered in GEOG 865 is fundamental.

“Geog 865 covers core knowledge features of the ArcGIS suite, and … the fundamentals of AWS and how it can be used within the ArcGIS environment. The material covered in Geog 865 is fundamental in any GIS user's skill set.”

— Harold Krivell

We offer over 30 courses in five 10-week terms each year: two every fall, two every spring and one every summer.