Basics of Geographic Information Systems
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: Rescheduled! 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Earth Sciences & Map Library Conference Room (Benson 165G)

Many people have heard of GIS but are not quite sure what it’s all about. This workshop is for anyone interested in a basic primer in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Phil White will provide an overview of GIS tools and concepts including spatial data structures and formats, projections and coordinate systems, basic analysis techniques, and popular software applications. Participants will have hands-on time working with ArcGIS Online. This is the most basic workshop in the series and is best for absolute beginners. Laptops with requisite software applications will be provided.

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Introduction to ArcMap
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Earth Sciences & Map Library Conference Room (Benson 165G)

Session Handout

ArcMap, the industry standard GIS software application, is the principal feature of ESRI’s ArcGIS for Desktop software suite. In this workshop, Phil White will orient participants to ArcMap and walk through basic GIS procedures such as adding data and styling a simple map. Phil will also introduce basic spatial analysis techniques and geoprocessing tools in ArcMap. Laptops with requisite software applications will be provided. Participants may also bring a personal laptop with ArcGIS Desktop installed, which is free to CU faculty and staff (students may contact Phil White for a free student license). ArcGIS Desktop only works on Windows operating systems.

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Introduction to QGIS
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Earth Sciences & Map Library Conference Room (Benson 165G)

Session Handout

If you’re curious about the world of Free and Open Source GIS Software, it’s time to give QGIS a try. QGIS is a premier GIS desktop software application that works on PC, Mac, and Linux (not to mention Android!). In this workshop we will introduce the QGIS interface and guide you through common GIS procedures. Laptops with requisite software applications will be provided. Particpants may also bring a personal laptop with QGIS installed prior to the workshop (to install visit QGIS.org—it's free!). Contact Phil White if you need assistance installing the software. 

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Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Earth Sciences & Map Library Conference Room (Benson 165G)

Have you given ArcGIS Pro a try? ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s latest full-featured desktop GIS application (and perhaps the eventual replacement to ArcMap?). GIS users familiar with ArcMap will find much of the same functionality in ArcGIS Pro with a much needed update to the user interface—it is actually quite intuitive. In this workshop, Phil White will introduce participants to the Pro interface, review new features, and walk participants through common GIS procedures. Particpants must have a CU Boulder ArcGIS Online account to use ArcGIS Pro-–request an account here. Laptops with requisite software applications will be provided. Participants may also bring a personal laptop with ArcGIS Pro installed (installation instructions available here). Contact Phil White if you need assistance with installation or authorization.

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Past Workshops: (available by request!)

Exploring the Basics of Web Maps
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Earth Sciences & Map Library Conference Room (Benson 165G)

Workshop Materials

Earth Sciences & Environment Librarian Phil White will lead workshop attendees through creation of a basic web map. The workshop will begin with a basic overview of principles and terminology related to web mapping. The remainder of the workshop will be devoted to hands-on time with both ArcGIS Online and Carto. All attendees must sign up for a free Carto account and request an ArcGIS Online account here. Laptops with requisite software applications will be provided. No coding skills required!  

Beginner ArcGIS for Desktop
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Earth Sciences & Map Library Conference Room (Benson 165G)

Session Handout

Are you interested in learning about GIS (Geographic Information Systems) but don’t know where to start? This workshop is the perfect starting point! During this session, Phil White will introduce participants to basic GIS concepts, ArcMap, and ArcGIS Online. Participants will walk through basic GIS procedures such as adding data and styling a simple map. Laptops with requisite software applications will be provided. Participants may also bring a personal laptop with ArcGIS Desktop installed, which is free to CU faculty and staff (students may contact Phil White for a free student license). ArcGIS Desktop only works on Windows operating systems.

OpenRefine Data Wrangling
Session Handout

OpenRefine (formerly known as Google Refine) is a free and open source application used for cleaning and transforming data. It is particularly useful for working with messy data and is actually quite easy to use! Phil White will introduce workshop participants to the interface and will then walk everyone through solving a few common data-cleaning problems. Please bring your own laptop with OpenRefine pre-installed (download OpenRefine here). Contact Phil White if you need assistance with installation. Please register in advance (walk-ins will be welcomed).

QGIS: Analysis Tools
Session Handout

This time, we will focus on the extensive tool library and plug-ins available to QGIS users. Participants will be guided through typical data management and analysis procedures they may be more familiar with in the ArcGIS environment. Is there something specific you want to know? Let Phil know ahead of time! Please have QGIS installed on your computer prior to the workshop (to install visit QGIS.org --it's free!). Contact Phil White if you need assistance installing the software. Please register in advance (walk-ins will be welcomed).