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GIS 
& 
Information 
Technology 
Summer 
Institute 
in 
Panama
Time 
to 
take 
GIS 
outside 
the 
lab… 
! Geographic 
Information 
Systems 
(GIS) 
skills 
are 
in 
high 
demand… 
! But ...
Time 
to 
take 
GIS 
outside 
the 
lab… 
! Open 
– 
source, 
free 
GIS 
that 
you 
can 
install 
on 
any 
laptops 
! Prove...
Add 
in 
smartphone-­‐based 
data 
collection… 
And 
you 
have 
a 
neat 
set 
of 
skills 
to 
offer 
to 
any 
public 
heal...
Do 
I 
need 
to 
know 
anything 
about 
GIS 
or 
spatial 
analysis 
to 
register 
for 
the 
course? 
! NO 
! 
! Having 
so...
Where 
will 
all 
this 
take 
place? 
! A 
couple 
of 
days 
in 
Panama 
City… 
6
7 
Then 
we’re 
off 
to 
Boquete….
8 
Then 
we’re 
off 
to 
Boquete….
Why 
Boquete? 
! Small 
mountain 
town, 
lots 
of 
amenities 
! (4th 
largest 
hub 
in 
Central 
America 
for 
U.S. 
retir...
What 
will 
we 
do? 
! Morning 
classes: 
learn 
about 
GIS 
architecture, 
present 
case 
– 
studies, 
and 
labs, 
labs, ...
Post 
– 
course 
Internships 
! Taking 
advantage 
of 
Payson’s 
connections 
and 
well 
– 
established 
networks 
in 
Pan...
When 
are 
we 
leaving? 
! Dates: 
May 
18 
– 
June 
6, 
2°15 
! Price 
(not 
including 
airfare): 
$ 
4,100 
! Housing 
t...
13 
See 
y’all 
there!
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Tulane Payson Center for International Development: 2015 Panama Global Development Summer Institute

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Every Summer, the Payson Center for International Development offers intensive, two (2) to three (3) week long study-abroad programs with one (1), two (2) or three (3) courses per location. Courses are open to graduate students and non-Tulane graduate level-students. All courses earn three (3) credits. The cost varies based on location and number of courses taken in one location. (Note: Price does not include airfare).

For Summer 2015, the Payson Center for International Development is pleased to offer courses in five (5) locations as part of the 2015 Global Development Summer Institute.

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Tulane Payson Center for International Development: 2015 Panama Global Development Summer Institute

  1. 1. GIS & Information Technology Summer Institute in Panama
  2. 2. Time to take GIS outside the lab… ! Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills are in high demand… ! But the realities of implementing GIS projects in resource constrained environments are not always addressed. ! Commercial GIS such as ESRI / ArcGIS tend to be expensive, clunky and not very user – friendly affairs… ! So, the open-­‐source geeks came in… 2
  3. 3. Time to take GIS outside the lab… ! Open – source, free GIS that you can install on any laptops ! Proven records of being used for USAID, Gates and PEPFAR projects 3
  4. 4. Add in smartphone-­‐based data collection… And you have a neat set of skills to offer to any public health project involving needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation and routine or strategic health information systems… 4 (So, ALL of them ??)
  5. 5. Do I need to know anything about GIS or spatial analysis to register for the course? ! NO ! ! Having some practical knowledge of Excel will not hurt though…. Do I need to speak Spanish? 5 ! Nope…
  6. 6. Where will all this take place? ! A couple of days in Panama City… 6
  7. 7. 7 Then we’re off to Boquete….
  8. 8. 8 Then we’re off to Boquete….
  9. 9. Why Boquete? ! Small mountain town, lots of amenities ! (4th largest hub in Central America for U.S. retirees…) ! Rural environment (coffee plantations and volcanoes) ! Tapestry of small communities and multiple environment resources à Lots of possibilities for field work. 9
  10. 10. What will we do? ! Morning classes: learn about GIS architecture, present case – studies, and labs, labs, labs! ! Afternoon: usually one short assignment to practice the skills learned in class that day, then you’re free to go run around. ! Field excursions: Boca del Toro, Volcan Baru, Queztal trail… ! Final Assignment: An original A to Z data collection, analysis and mapping study 10
  11. 11. Post – course Internships ! Taking advantage of Payson’s connections and well – established networks in Panama ! Possible internship with UNDP, Cathalac, Victoria Ward (maternal health projects), the Smithsonian Institute, and many of our other partners. 11
  12. 12. When are we leaving? ! Dates: May 18 – June 6, 2°15 ! Price (not including airfare): $ 4,100 ! Housing to be confirmed. Expect shared room in guest house / coffee plantation. 12
  13. 13. 13 See y’all there!

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