The original NCGIA Core Curriculum was completed in 1990. A few years later when the WWW had emerged, Brian Klinkenberg at the University of British Columbia offered to translate the document files into html and make them available over the web. These are still on-line at www.geog.ubc.ca/courses/klink/gis.notes/ncgia/toc.html. While some of this material is now out-of-date, many of these original units are still useful. Those of particular value are listed below.
NOTE - the overhead graphics from the printed version of the original Core Curriculum were scanned and, though available on the UBC site, are linked only from the main table of contents page, not from each individual unit. The simple hand drawn sketches included in the body of original text are not included, but are indicated by the word "diagram".
The Core Curriculum for Technical Programs was developed in the latter part of the 1990's for use by instructors teaching technical skills related to the use of GISystems. Most of this material is at a much more elementary level than is intended for the GISCC, but some readers may find it useful.
Several of the notes in the Geographer's Craft Project are complementary to materials being developed for the GISCC. While our materials are being created, we direct your attention to the following excellent substitutes for GISCC units:
1.4. Map projections and transformation (Unit 019) --> Map Projections
2.8. Populating the GISystem (Unit 066) --> Data Sources
2.10. Handling uncertainty (Unit 096) --> Managing Error
2.11.1. Cartographic fundamentals (Unit 102) --> Cartographic Communication
2.14.1. Spatial decision support systems (Unit 127) --> Spatial Decision Support Systems for Location Planning
3.2.4. Legal issues (Unit 147) --> Legal Issues Relating to GIS
The Project is endorsed by the National Council for Geographic Education, the Commission of College Geography of the Association of American Geographers, and the Geography Education Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. Funding was originallyy provided by the National Science Foundation to convene summer workshops in which teams of geographers came together to organize and develop course materials.