Fall 2019 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshops

Posted: Tuesday, 10 September 2019 - 12:09pm

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All classes will be held in the Lewis Science Library Electronic Classroom 225 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Open to Princeton University students, faculty & staff
Contact: Tsering Wangyal Shawa, Geographic Information Systems and Map Librarian

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro 

September 23

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.

Introduction to QGIS 

September 24

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, this training uses QGIS on Windows to 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.

How to Create and Collect Geographic Data using ArcGIS Pro

September 25

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.

How to Create and Collect Geographic Data using QGIS

September 26

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.

Select and Analyze Geographic Features and Data with ArcGIS Pro

September 30

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.

Select and Analyze Geographic Features and Data with QGIS

October 1

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.

Finding the Best Location using ArcGIS Pro 

October 2

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.

Finding the Best Location using QGIS 

October 3

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.

Using Tables and Maps together in ArcGIS Pro 

October 7

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.

Using Tables and Maps together in QGIS 

October 8

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.

Making Maps and Presentations using ArcGIS Pro 

October 9

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.

Making Maps and Presentations using QGIS 

October 10

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.

Supervised Image Classification using ArcGIS Pro

October 21

ArcGIS Pro has many tools to classify satellite images and air photos into land use and land cover categories. This session will introduce the Raster Functions pane and the Image Classification Wizard and will work with Landsat images of New Jersey to conduct a supervised land use/land cover classification.

Supervised Image Classification using QGIS

October 22

The Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin for QGIS has many tools to download satellite images and to classify satellite images and air photos into land use and land cover categories. This session will work with Landsat images of New Jersey to conduct a supervised land use/land cover classification.

Using ModelBuilder in ArcGIS Pro

October 23

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.

Using Tools to Create Models in QGIS

October 24

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.

Essential ArcGIS Pro Tools for Research

November 4

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.

Essential QGIS Tools for Research 

November 5

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.

Create Web Mapping Applications Using ArcGIS Story Map

November 6

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.