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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. 

  • ESRI Training - log in with your IU credentials (see video below) to access the large catalog of tutorials and videos for learning the ESRI suite of software, including ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, StoryMaps, and more
  • IU Libraries GIS YouTube tutorials - we're adding more videos all the time! These videos cover a wide variety of GIS tools and walk you through performing common tasks in GIS
  • Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities (IDAH) Resources - Helpful information on choosing a tool, organizing your data, and quick start guides for various softwares including Carto, Mapbox, and Google MyMaps

 

 

Register for workshops through the library website.

Fall 2021 Workshops will be presented in person with a remote option via Zoom. Please register to get the link!

 

Blind Date With Data

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.

Date:
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Hazelbaker Hall (Wells E159)
 

Mapping With QGIS Series - 1

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.

Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)
 

Mapping With QGIS Series - 2

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.

Date:
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)
 

Mapping With QGIS Series - 3

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.

Date:
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)
 

Mapping With QGIS Series - 4

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.

Date:
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time:
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)
 

Ethics in GIS and Community Mapping

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.

Date:
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time:
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
Hazelbaker Hall (Wells E159)
 

 

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
Time:
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
Hazelbaker Hall (Wells E159)
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
Time:
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)
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
Time:
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
Wells W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)
Materials:
Instructions