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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data

Resources for Geographic Information Systems and maps, including finding data and tutorials.

CartoShop Workshop Materials

There are many ways to learn GIS! For credit courses in GIS are offered through the Department of Geography and the O'Neill School. If self-paced learning is more your style, these resources can help you get started and perform specific tasks using GIS. 

 

 

Register for workshops through the library website.

Spring 2022 Workshops will be presented in person with a remote option via Zoom. Please register to get the link!

 

 

Mapping With QGIS Workshop Series 2- Merges, Dissolves and Unions

Date:
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Time:
11:45am - 1:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)

Mapping With QGIS Workshop Series 2- Projections

Date:
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Time:
11:45am - 1:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)

Mapping With QGIS Workshop Series 2- Georeferencing & Creating Your Own Data

Date:
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Time:
11:45am - 1:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)

Mapping With QGIS Workshop Series 2- Open Lab Time

Come work on your projects with assistance from our GIS experts! 

Date:
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Time:
11:45am - 1:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)
 
 

 

QGIS Series 1.1

This workshop highlights how to create simple base maps, change the symbology of points (cities) and polygons (state boundaries), and open the attribute table of the different datasets. Presented by Jordan Blekking.

Date:
Fall 2021
Materials:
Video
 

 

QGIS Series 1.2

This workshop highlights what attribute tables are, how to edit them, select specific data from attribute tables, and create new data sets of selected data. Presented by Jordan Blekking.

Date:
Fall 2021
Materials:
Video
 

QGIS Series 1.3

This workshop highlights how to join data from a spreadsheet to data in QGIS, and how to conduct a spatial join - joining data based on where two items (points, polygons, or lines) of geo-referenced data are in relation to one another. Presented by Jordan Blekking.

Date:
Fall 2021
Materials:
Video
 

QGIS Series 1.4

This workshop highlights how to create a publication-ready / publication-appropriate layout for maps produced in QGIS. Presented by Jordan Blekking.

Date:
Fall 2021
Materials:
Video
 

 

Census Geographies & Data

Have you ever wondered how Census Tracks and Blocks are created? Want to see how Census boundaries have changed over time? Or are you interested in exploring easy ways to access demographic Census data in a customizable map? This workshop is for you! Please bring a laptop.
Date:
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Materials:
Slides
 
 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with QGIS

Get your feet wet in the sea of Desktop GIS with a gentle introduction to QGIS! QGIS is a free, open source desktop GIS software that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. In this workshop, you will learn how to load data from a variety of sources to create your own map.
Date:
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Materials:
Instructions | Data
 
 

Making web maps from scratch - JavaScript Mapping Libraries

No JavaScript experience necessary for this friendly introduction to coding maps. While out-of-the-box programs for making web maps are abundant, what if you want to have more control over the look and feel of your maps? This workshop will introduce you to Mapbox GL JS, and teach you to create your first web map from a few lines of code. There are no required prerequisites, though attendance at the "Create a Website using GitHub Pages" workshop would be beneficial.
Date:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Materials:
Instructions