Free course about crime mapping. GIS for criminology

gvSIG Crime is the solution offered by the gvSIG Association to organize, analyze and maintain information related to security and crime. A platform adapted to the needs of each organization and territory, that includes several components, an important web part that establishes the necessary computer infrastructure to organize, share and access spatial information, with all types of spatio-temporal analysis tools, support for field tasks, …, and components that are more oriented to advanced analysis such as the desktop Geographic Information System (GIS).

It is precisely in this last part where this crime analysis course is focused, which is intended as an introduction to the use of gvSIG Desktop, an open source GIS software, as fundamental software to optimize the analysis of criminal information.

The course does not intend to make an exhaustive tour of all the gvSIG Desktop tools, and it’s focused on carrying out through practical exercises an invitation to explore the potential of its use in criminology.

The objectives of the course are:

    • Gain a better understanding of geospatial technology applied to crime mapping.
    • Perform queries based on attribute and location information to get accurate information.
    • Use crime databases to produce customized datasets and density maps, or for hot-spot analysis and other geoprocesses.
    • Learning basic programming concepts (scripting) to develop new analysis tools.
    • Gain a better understanding of Geostatistics applications for crime analysis.

The course starts with basic modules, in which the student can access the spatial information and the complexity will increase, showing the most advanced possibilities of using gvSIG Desktop in the last modules, through the development of scripts in Python and R.

Here we present the links to the different modules of the course:

  1. Introduction to gvSIG Desktop: interface, add-ons manager and preferences
  2. Working with Views and Data
  3. Navigation and selection tools
  4. Creating layers
  5. Data visualization and geoprocessing
  6. Creating symbol libraries
  7. Population calculator
  8. Rossmo Algorithm
  9. Geoprocessing: Mean and median center
  10. Study of events by quadrant
  11. Analysis of events by blocks
  12. Kernel density
  13. Space-time analysis: 4D
  14. Use of Street View from gvSIG
  15. New scripting tools for data analysis
  16. Visualization of crime data with R in gvSIG

The material necessary to follow the course and do the exercises shown in each module is:

  • gvSIG Desktop, that you can download in portable or installable versions and for Windows, Linux and Mac from here.
  • Data. Data downloaded from the open data portal of the city of New York have been used. You can download them from here.
  • Development. For the final modules about Python and R you have the scripts available in the following package. You must install it from the gvSIG Desktop Add-ons Manager.

Finally here you have a series of links to complementary material that will allow you to improve your gvSIG Desktop training:

We hope that you like this initiative and that this course will serve to extend the use of gvSIG in the security sector.

[Update] If you want to get the certificate of this course you can see the instructions at this post:

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41 Responses to Free course about crime mapping. GIS for criminology

  1. sadeckgeo says:

    I am teaching a public safety discipline and geoprocessing to military school and I’m using QGIS, geoda and Google Earth Engine. This class came in good time, because I will pass them to you as another possible software to use.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Pius Moses says:

    I am interested in this course. Please how do I register?

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  4. G.T.RAO says:


  5. Tulio diego apaza quispe says:

    Es muy interesante quiero llevar el curso

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  7. Kate Bitrus Elesa says:

    I would like to be updated about the course. Thanks

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  10. Justin Osagie Imhanfidon says:

    This is great. I am very much interested as a geospatial analyst

  11. James Gopave says:

    I’m interested,

  12. Habtamu sewnet says:

    Hello Dear Alvaro ,
    I am Habtamu sewnet from Ethiopia who i am now trying to do practical exercise ;GVSIG for municipalities , but i faced with a problem in loading the layer at the link, and when I tried with other web application like geo-server and qgis , the layer get loaded ? can you help me
    thank you so much

  13. Daniel Obochi says:

    I have done some analysis on crime mapping for the federal police in Nigeria. I like the gvSIG approach adopted to crime mapping and analysis more than the one I used.
    I am impressed.
    Thumbs up for gvSIG.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Alvaro says:

      Thanks for your opinion about gvSIG! It’s fantastic to see that this course is useful for people around the world


    I am in Nigeria. How do I get involved or registered.

    • Mario says:

      Hi Anthony, you don’t have to register at the course. It’s free, through the videotutorials in Youtube.

  15. Alie Kamara says:

    Hi tutors, do you provide certificate for this short course?

  16. Walter monari ochoi says:

    I studied masinde university criminology & criminal justice, ineed your program s

  17. Kelly Muyaki says:

    I wish to study this course but am from Kenya 🇰🇪

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  19. Daffalla Salim Mohammed Ngoma says:

    Land surveyor in Kenya

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    I love this

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  24. Dasrat says:

    I want to learn from this course

  25. Abraham says:

    Hi. I cant seem to find the New York data. It doesn’t download at all. Any other link for the data? Thank you

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