Archive for the ‘Workshop’ Category
A quick thanks to everyone who came to the three intro GIS sessions in the fall semester. This semester I am taking a break from workshops unless there is specific interest. If you have a working group or simply a question, feel free to send me an email to arrange a get together, otherwise I am writing and GISing on a couple of older projects I want to wrap up.
I am planning a series of workshops for the next academic year that are more map and information/data centered (maybe even a little infographics) that are intended for a broad audience of faculty, staff, and students. If folks are interested I hope to make the series continuous with physical meetings every couple of weeks and an online compenent that will fill the gaps and allow more interaction and support. Maybe even an unconference, monkeys controlling the zoo, approach if everyone is into it.
More details as the semester progresses.
For those not familiar with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS, I plan to hold a two-hour informational session on Thursday, September 27 at 3:00 PM to cover what GIS is and how it might help you handle spatial/locational data in your discipline. This session will take place in 256 Old Main, the Cartography Lab.
On Thursday, October 18, I will host a two-hour session that will provide hands-on experience with ArcGIS Desktop. This session will focus on the interface and data access, but you will also have access to online training to go a little deeper on your own after the session.
On Thursday, November 1, I will host a two-hour hands-on session for ArcGIS Online that will focus on finding maps and data on ArcGIS.com as well as making your own map to share online.
If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, gaining access to the software, or accessing online training for the software please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most recent episode of the Spatial@UNCP podcast asked the question of what geospatial training would you like to see offered locally. On campus we have Intro to Cartography and Remote Sensing in the catalog and Intro to GIScience going in for approval in the Spring, but these are meant to support students who are learning the underlying concepts of spatial thinking along with topical concepts. I have also provided (and plan to continue) a series of short ‘what is’ sessions on campus. There is clearly a need for more intense hands-on training for these topics as well. So the question goes out… “what do you need”. If you, your agency, or your office need training in geospatial technologies let us know what you need. Where possible we will try to meet demand with no cost or at least low coast training courses. If you have thoughts on what is needed be sure to contact me with your ideas. If you can show an audience then it will be easier to get a training event going compared to those that might only have 1 or 2 people interested. I look forward to hearing from you!
Here is the abstract for this Thursday’s session on ArcGIS at 10AM in Oxendine 2202. If you would like to attend, send Cynthia Saylor an email to register.
ArcGIS is the industry leading software for storing, manipulating, and displaying location information. The software allows users to take advantage of the wealth of spatial data that is available from government, corporate, and public sources. While the most perceptible use of a geographic information system (GIS) is to create a map to share with others, ArcGIS provides a wealth of tools to create spatial data, consume existing data, conduct spatial analysis, and model our world. The session will spend time (30-40 minutes) discussing what GIS is and isn’t, what tools ArcGIS offers, and how ArcGIS can support your research, service, and education efforts. How to find data to support your needs will also be discussed. The remainder of the time will be spent in a self-led hands-on ArcGIS exercise.
The session is intended to provide attendees with a broad understanding of how ArcGIS may fit within their workflow. After this session you will have access to online training from Esri, the company who makes ArcGIS and, of course, time to ask specific questions about your needs for spatial analysis and mapping.
The first geospatial workshop of the 2010-11 year will take place on September 23 at 10:00-11:30 in Room 2202 Oxendine. The focus will be on the utility and use of ArcGIS 9.3. The workshop will focus on a discussion of how the software can be used for teaching, research, and service. While the workshop is too short to go into depth on the software, attendees will be provided access to online training to extend what we cover in the workshop.
I assume that you should contact DoIT if you plan to take advantage of the workshop. I should also note that if you have specific questions about ArcGIS or any geospatial technology feel free to contact me for a quick conversation or one-on-one training.
I am getting ready to do a workshop on “Finding and Creating Spatial Data” but I am going to minimize the creating aspect of spatial data this time around and saving the creating aspect to the fall semester. An hour and a half just isn’t enough time to really get into both finding existing data and creating your own data. If you aren’t able to attend but are interested in the links that I will highlight, the PowerPoint and handout are available over on the Workshops page where I archive materials from the workshops I lead.