There are a number of resources from past blog content that have been integrated with the emerging IIT Data Cloud website. Browse the tag cloud on the side. Much of that content has been pulled from my past Urban Data courses. In particular you should browse by the GIS tag. You might also spend some time browsing work from sources like Bill Rankin’s radicalcartography.net or visualcomplexity.com
From a technical standpoint, we introduced the free and open source GIS tool Quantum GIS, (QGIS), you should all download this and get it running, perhaps with some data from the city of chicago data portal. Ujavai Gandhi has created a great collection of tutorials on using QGIS to perform just about all of the critical GIS methodologies. We will be using a number of these in the seminar but certainly don’t wait to get going on them.