Maps and Geospatial Information Center

Spring 2023 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Workshops

All classes will be held in the Lewis Science Library E-classroom 225. Most classes will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 PM EST.  The February 28 class on Making Maps and Presentations using ArcGIS Pro will be held from 3:00 to 4:30 PM EST.  

 

Introduction to QGIS, February 6: 

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/introqgis2

QGIS is an open-source GIS desktop software package. It has many features found in other desktop GIS software, runs on Linux/Unix, MacOS and Windows operating systems, and is available at no cost. Intended for anyone new to GIS technology, students will use QGIS on Windows computers available in the classroom.  The session will show how to load geospatial data, add on-line map services, extract selected data, and make simple maps. The training may also be useful to users of other desktop GIS software.

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro, February 7: 

 https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/introarcgispro2

A Geographic Information System (GIS) combines software and digital geographic data to generate maps, tables and interactive analyses of spatial information. Princeton faculty, students and staff use GIS technology to manage resources, explore spatial relationships, and visualize change. The class, intended for those with no previous GIS experience, describes the technology and includes simple exercises to introduce its capabilities.  Students will use ArcGIS Pro installed on the classroom’s Windows computers.

How to Create and Collect Geographic Data using QGIS, February 8: 

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/createcollectqgis2

In this class students will learn how to collect geographic data from Google maps and Google Earth, how to add GPS data to GIS software, and how to georeference a scanned map.  Students will use Google Earth and QGIS installed on classroom computers. 

How to Create and Collect Geographic Data using ArcGIS Pro, February 9:  

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/createcollectPro

In this class students will learn how to collect geographic data from Google maps and Google Earth, how to add GPS data to GIS software, and how to georeference a scanned map. The exercise will also show how to extract points, lines and areas from the georeferenced map. Students will use ArcGIS Pro installed on the classroom’s Windows computers.

Select and Analyze Geographic Features and Data with QGIS, February 13: 

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/selectanalyzeqgis

QGIS has an excellent interface for exploring and analyzing spatial information. Point, line and area features (vector data) are both geographic objects on a map and records in a table. Such features can be selected by location or by the values stored in a feature’s record. These simple capabilities allow the GIS user to conduct complex analyses.  The session uses data for central New Jersey to calculate the area of land use types near streams, the extent of paved surfaces and other measures.  Students will use QGIS on the classroom’s Windows computers.

Select and Analyze Geographic Features and Data with ArcGIS Pro, February 14: 

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/selectanalyzePro

ArcGIS Pro has a powerful set of software tools to visually explore and analyze spatial information. Point, line and area features (vector data) are both geographic objects on a map and records in a table. Such features can be selected by location or by the values stored in a feature’s record. These simple capabilities allow the GIS user to conduct complex analyses.  The session uses data for central New Jersey to calculate the area of land use types near streams, the extent of paved surfaces and other measures. Students will use ArcGIS Pro installed on the classroom’s Windows computers.

Finding the Best Location using QGIS, February 15: 

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/bestlocationsqgis

GIS software allows the user to treat the Earth’s surface as a continuous array of numbers.  Images and raster datasets can be used to rank suitable locations, estimate change and display phenomena such as elevation, precipitation or temperature. The session uses land use, distance from streams and elevation to rank the relative suitability of different areas.  This ‘weighted overlay’ method is useful in a variety of contexts.  Students will use QGIS installed on computers in the classroom.

Finding the Best Location using ArcGIS Pro, February 16: 

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/bestlocationPro

GIS software allows the user to treat the Earth’s surface as a continuous array of numbers.  Images and raster datasets can be used to rank suitable locations, estimate change and display phenomena such as elevation, precipitation or temperature. The session uses land use, distance from streams and elevation to rank the relative suitability of different areas.  This ‘weighted overlay’ method is useful in a variety of contexts. Students will use ArcGIS Pro installed on the classroom’s Windows computers.

Using Tables and Maps together in QGIS, February 20:   

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/tablesqgis

US Census data can be integrated with GIS boundary files to analyze the spatial relationships of poverty, ethnicity, environmental risk, and other parameters. Hands-on examples will show how to find and download demographic data, how to combine the data with GIS files, and how to view the data in QGIS. The session will assist any GIS user who wants to include tabular data in a spatial analysis.  Students will use QGIS on the classroom’s Windows computers. 

Using Tables and Maps together in ArcGIS Pro, February 21:

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/tablesPro

ArcGIS Pro has many different ways to access data sets, display them in a map, and analyze relationships over time and space. US Census data can be integrated with GIS boundary files to analyze the spatial relationships of poverty, ethnicity, environmental risk, and other parameters. Hands-on examples will show how to find and download demographic data, how to combine the data with GIS files, and how to view the data in Pro. The session will assist any GIS user who wants to include tabular data in a spatial analysis. Students will use ArcGIS Pro installed on the classroom’s Windows computers.

Using Tools to Create Models in QGIS, February 22:  

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/createmodelsqgis

GIS users often want to run a process multiple times, changing the inputs, parameters or summaries generated. QGIS has many ways to help users automate processes. The exercises show users how to use graphic tools in the Processing window, how to run models iteratively, and how to extract commands for use in Python scripts.  Students will use QGIS on the classroom’s Windows computers. 

Using ModelBuilder in ArcGIS Pro, February 23:  

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/modelbuilderPro

GIS users often want to run a process multiple times, changing the inputs, parameters or summaries generated. ArcGIS Pro has many ways to help users automate processes. The exercises show users how to use graphic tools in ModelBuilder, how to run models iteratively, and how to extract arcpy commands for use in Python scripts. Students will use ArcGIS Pro installed on the classroom’s Windows computers.

Making Maps and Presentations using QGIS, February 27: 

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/mapsqgis

Maps can be extremely effective in communicating knowledge about an area. QGIS has many tools and techniques to design maps. Hands-on exercises will show how to use map-making tools within the software, and introduce common cartographic techniques. The session will discuss how to design maps for a variety of presentation formats.  Students will use QGIS on Windows computers in the classroom. 

Making Maps and Presentations using ArcGIS Pro, February 28:   

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/mapsPro

Maps can be extremely effective in communicating knowledge about an area. ArcGIS Pro has a variety of tools and techniques to design maps. Hands-on exercises will show how to use map-making tools within the software, and introduce common cartographic techniques. The session will discuss how to design maps for a variety of presentation formats. Students will use ArcGIS Pro installed on the classroom’s Windows computers.  Please note:  this workshop starts at 3 PM.

Essential QGIS Tools for Research, March 1:  

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/researchtoolsqgis

In this class students will learn how to use GIS tools to calculate distances between two features, road and river lengths within administrative units, the percentage of shared boundaries between two areas, extract information on polygon neighbors between two areas, and will explore many other analysis tools.  Students use QGIS on classroom Windows computers. 

Essential ArcGIS Pro Tools for Research, March 2:  

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/researchtoolsPro

In this class students will learn how to use GIS tools to calculate distances between two features, road and river lengths within administrative units, the percentage of shared boundaries between two areas, extract information on polygon neighbors between two areas, and will explore many other analysis tools. Students will use ArcGIS Pro installed on the classroom’s Windows computers.

How QGIS and R work together, March 6:  

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/Randqgis

QGIS can link to different software packages to run that package’s algorithms within QGIS.  This workshop teaches how to link R statistical software to QGIS and run R scripts within QGIS itself.  R plots can be viewed within QGIS, data can be transferred into other formats for processing in R, and results from R scripts can be returned to QGIS to be explored as GIS data. Students will use QGIS and R installed on the classroom’s Windows computers.  R and QGIS also integrate well on Mac and Linux operating systems.

Using R with ArcGIS Pro, March 7:

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/RandPro

Esri has developed the R-ArcGIS Bridge to support data transfer and analysis between ArcGIS Pro and R.  Based on a Rice University workshop, this session uses ArcGIS Pro and R-Studio to analyze gun-related arrests in Philadelphia in 2021.  Users will learn how to connect R to ArcGIS Pro, and how to install the arcgisbinding package.  Data in ArcGIS Pro will be ported into R-Studio, where a statistical analysis will be performed.  The results will be ported back into ArcGIS Pro for further analysis.  Students will use ArcGIS Pro, R-Studio and R installed on the classroom’s Windows computers. 

Create Web Mapping Applications Using ArcGIS Story Map, March 8:  

https://libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/events/storymapPro

Interactive maps that run from a browser have become the default way to view geographic data.  The exercises show users how to post geographic data to the University’s ArcGIS Enterprise portal, how to create web maps from different data sets, how to use symbology to make the web map accessible and clear, and how to share the web map as a web application. Students will use the classroom’s Windows computers to access ArcGIS Online and other web services.