Learning GIS > Workshops

Due to efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, all workshops will be held via Zoom, a videoconferencing software. To attend, you must have access to a computer with a stable internet connection, and optionally headphones or a microphone in case you would like to ask a question. Information about how to connect to the Zoom meeting will be emailed to all registered attendees before the session.

Upcoming Workshops

Fall 2020

Learn the Basics of QGIS
Tuesday, October 27
1:00-3:00 pm

New to GIS and not sure where to start? You’re in luck! This workshop will cover the basics of GIS, including coordinate systems, types of geospatial data, and where to look for data online. There will be a live demonstration of the free and open-source mapping software, QGIS, to give attendees a chance to see the platform in action and ask questions in real time. The demo will focus on the local city of Holyoke to find out how its demographics have changed over time. Data used in the demo will be made available (along with a tutorial) so that participants can practice using QGIS on their own after the workshop. No software is necessary to attend.

Robert K. Nelson, LaDale Winling, Richard Marciano, Nathan Connolly, et al., “Mapping Inequality,” American Panorama, ed. Robert K. Nelson and Edward L. Ayers. View this map.
Robert K. Nelson, LaDale Winling, Richard Marciano, Nathan Connolly, et al., “Mapping Inequality,” American Panorama, ed. Robert K. Nelson and Edward L. Ayers. View this map.

Past Workshops

Spring 2020

Mapping Data with QGIS
This workshop series covered a wide range of GIS skills using the open-source desktop software, QGIS. The sessions are cumulative and progress from basic to intermediate skill levels, adding to the student’s geospatial skillset one step at a time.

  1. Learn the Basics of GIS
  2. Find (and Create) Geospatial Data
  3. Design a Custom Map
  4. Work with Historical Maps and Photos

Fall 2019

What’s in a Map? A Crash-Course in GIS for…
This three-part series introduced GIS to specific audiences. Download the exercise “Exploring Historic Pittsburgh” (PDF) – an introduction to GIS mapping using the ArcGIS Online platform.

  1. …the Humanities and Fine Arts
  2. …the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  3. …Librarians

 

Last Updated on October 2, 2020