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.
Fall 2021 Workshops will be presented in person with a remote option via Zoom. Please register to get the link!
This workshop will be useful for researchers wanting to be more confident in their ability to describe, analyze, and present data, or people wanting to critically read data and data visualizations in the wild. Participants will learn techniques for thinking critically about data and data visualizations and will acquire concrete tools for engaging with data accurately and confidently.
Participants will gain an understanding of the difference between raster and vector data, while also learning how to plot their data and change the symbology. Tasks include: Adding data to the map, changing the basemap, and symbolizing data.
Participants will learn how to create their own shapefiles from points, lines, and polygons that they map using Google and / or QGIS. Tasks include: Geocoding a table of addresses.
Participants will learn how to conduct basic analysis by selecting sub-groups of data based on an attribute or the location of the data. Tasks include: Selecting by attribute or location, and creating buffers.
Participants will learn how to alter the projection of their maps and create a final “printable” layout for use in their research paper or presentation. Tasks include: reprojecting data and creating an inset map.
Community Mapping and Participatory GIS are popular research methods that seek to engage research subjects as collaborators and empower communities. But these same tools can also unintentionally endanger vulnerable populations, or even outright exploit them.
This workshop will begin with a discussion of ethics in working with spatial data, and features a special talk by researchers Edis Sanchez and Heather Sloan on ways to ethically conduct community research, using their project on traditional drum making in the Dominican Republic as an example.