This professional development course focuses on the collection, analysis, visualization and dissemination of information derived from structured public datasets.
You'll develop a basic toolkit for navigating public datasets containing socio-economic, demographic, land-use and real estate data. You will not only develop a familiarity with core datasets like the Census, municipal business licenses and property datasets, but also a basic ability to understand and use most structured public datasets. While you won't necessarily fully master these datasets in this single course, you'll learn a set of skills and conceptual understandings to analyze and share information.
The focus will be on Canadian datasets typically used by professionals in fields such as urban planning, real estate, development, transportation, public policy, government, the non-profit sector and other related disciplines, whether in urban, suburban or rural communities.
The course provides a balance of "how," "what" and "why" of working with data and understanding its possibilities and limitations in the development of evidence-based decisions.