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GIS and Spatial Data Center Workshops

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

For details about upcoming instructor led workshops, view our calendar.

Self-paced Workshops

*Data Visualization Tools and Introduction to Python have been integrated into our Data Science Workshops series from the GIS Workshops series.

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.

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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.

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Spatial Analysis

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Introduction to Python*

This workshop introduces the basics of Python, including Jupyter Notebooks, syntax, data types, operators, looping, functions, data import, and data visualization. 

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Data Visualization Tools*

This workshop introduces the basics of data visualization using several packages, including Tableau, Gephi, Plot.ly, RAW, Carto, and Piktochart.

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Social Explorer

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.

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Policy Map

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.

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Simply Analytics

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.

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