||The main aim of this introductory course is to present the basic concepts and spatial analysis tools provided by the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) derived from the needs in socio-environmental planning and management. Our general goal is that each student develops skills to interpret and use digital spatial data and set the grounds for further (self-) training in GIScience. The specific objectives are: · Know how to georeference cartographic data for incorporation into a GIS and to identify the criteria of acceptable quality in this process. This goal will be achieved in several cases applied (different map projections, scales, etc. ). · A starting knowledge of data sources and formats useful for geographical studies of all kinds, given special attention to the available standards. The theoretical discussion will be dressed with a series of examples both from the conceptual point of view (uneven geographical distribution of data points, zonal data, etc. in various sizes and backgrounds, with special attention provided through the Internet) and thematic (demographics, weather, etc. ). In this context, expanded knowledge about the meaning, interest and use of metadata standards on spatial data infrastructures and on remote sensing. · Practice of digitizing and vector topological structure as a basic source of incorporating data into a GIS. This goal will be achieved in many cases applied (different map projections, scales, etc. ) and complete reworking of the classic materials in operations such as grouping criteria for thematic parks, etc. · Introduce the knowledge of basic GIS operations such as mosaic, clipping, changes in spatial resolution and map projection and reference systems (ED50 to ETRS89, for example), conversion raster / vector, etc. · Present and extend the GIS analysis tools knowledge in the context of real-world applications shown on this course, including spatial dynamics with remote sensing, both urban growths as forest fires, etc.