GIS and Spatial Data Center Workshop Series
The Libraries frequently offer virtual workshops during the semester. These workshops are open to anyone, but priority registration is given to University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students.
Instructor Led Workshops
1. Introduction to GIS
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 1-3 pm
Description: GIS is a computer-based platform for the storage, visualization, analysis, and interpretation of geographic data to understand spatial relationships, patterns and trends. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to understand the fundamentals of GIS, including data types, applications, examples of GIS software, and live demos and hands-on exercise in ArcGIS Pro. Will use a virtual GIS lab.
2. Interactive Web Mapping and Spatial Analysis Using ArcGIS Online
Date: Tuesday November 10
Time: 1-2 pm
Description: ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based collaborative platform for a web GIS application where users can discover and share geographic data. One can create interactive maps and applications without any prior knowledge of web programming. In this workshop, participants will explore various functionalities of ArcGIS Online, such as displaying geographic data, creating interactive maps and applications, and also perform basic spatial analysis. Data required for this workshop will be provided.
More information can be found at the ArcGIS Online website.
3. Hands-on QGIS (Open-source GIS)
Date: Wednesday, December 9
Time: 1-3 pm
Description: QGIS is an open source and cross-platform Geographic Information System (GIS) software that supports displaying, storing, editing, and analysis of geospatial data. In this workshop, users will get hands-on experience with the QGIS software interface in the Windows operating system, display spatial data, create GIS layers from raw data, and perform some basic spatial analysis. Data required for this workshop will be provided
Introduction to GIS
This workshop covers the basics of GIS and provides practice with ESRI's ArcGIS 10.5 or ArcGIS Pro 2.3 Desktop software in a hands-on environment. You will learn basic symbology and labeling, querying, and map layout creation.
GIS Data Management
This workshop teaches the types of data used in GIS and how to find and evaluate data for your needs. You will learn to import coordinate data, join and relate tables, and geocode using ESRI's ArcGIS 10.5 or ArcGIS Pro 2.3 Desktop software.
This workshop explores the five most common tools used in GIS analysis and performs geoprocessing tasks on both vector and raster data using the Spatial Analyst extension in ESRI's ArcGIS 10.5 or ArcGIS Pro 2.3 Desktop software.
ArcGIS Online and Story Maps
This workshop introduces ESRI's easy-to-use cloud-based GIS platform. ArcGIS Online has many built-in data sets, including Tapestry, demographics, economics, and Earth science data. You will learn how to access ESRI datasets in the cloud, create a map, and use that map to tell a story.
Open Source Geospatial Analysis Tools
This workshop offers a tour of several free and open source geospatial tools, including GDAL, QGIS, HTML/CSS, Carto, Leaflet, and Mapbox. Geospatial utilities, 2D and 3D web mapping, and GitHub repositories are covered.
Introduction to Python*
This workshop introduces the basics of Python, including Jupyter Notebooks, syntax, data types, operators, looping, functions, data import, and data visualization.
Data Visualization Tools*
This workshop introduces the basics of data visualization using several packages, including Tableau, Gephi, Plot.ly, RAW, Carto, and Piktochart.
Social Explorer is a subscription database and online mapping interface containing cleaned and standardized Census data focusing on detailed current and historic demographics over the past 220 years with built in analysis and visualization tools. This workshop covers basic mapping, reporting, and visualization capabilities as well as making customized maps using income data from the American Community Survey (ACS) data set.
Policy Map is a subscription database and online mapping interface containing cleaned and standardized data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs, and over 37,000 other policy-related indicators with built in analysis and visualization tools. This workshop provides an overview of Policy Map datasets, mapping capabilities, and table and report features.
Simply Analytics (formerly Simply Map) is a subscription database and online mapping interface containing cleaned and standardized data focusing on business applications, including PRIZM, demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences, public health, and over 75,000 other business-related variables with built in analysis and visualization tools. This workshop gives a tour of Simply Analytics data sets, mapping capabilities, and reports.