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GIS and Spatial Data Center Workshop Series

The GIS and Spatial Data Center offers a variety of workshops on GIS-related topics. To learn more about our workshops, please visit our workshops page

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What is GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is “a system for the management, analysis, and display of geographic information." Click here to read more.

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Customized Guest Lectures

The GIS and Spatial Data Center offers customized GIS, remote sensing, spatial statistics, and data visualization guest lectures and course support for faculty. Guest lectures are taught by Center staff in our GIS lab located in McKeldin Library or in your lab of choice. Click here for example guest lectures. 

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ESRI Virtual Campus

All University of Maryland affiliates have access to ESRI's self-paced online courses for ArcGIS. Content covers a variety of GIS topics. Course codes are required. To obtain course codes, please check the list of available courses and email us your selections.

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Lynda GIS Tutorials

All University of Maryland affiliates have access to Lynda's self-paced online tutorials. Click here for a list of available GIS tutorials.

Note: To access Lynda tutorials, click on "Sign In" and then "Sign in with your organization."

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QGIS Tutorials

QGIS is a popular, open source alternative to ESRI's ArcGIS. Click here for tutorials.

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UMD Courses and Workshops

A number of GIS and geospatial classes and degree programs are offered through various departments. See the Department of Geographical Sciences and the Center for Geospatial Information Science for more information.