and time of GIS workshops (Click on the link to register for a workshop)
- Introduction to GIS (February 13 and March 4):
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.
- How to Create and Collect
geographic data (February 14 and March 5): https://wass.princeton.edu/pages/viewcalendar.page.php?cal_id=1158
In this class students will learn how to collect geographic data from
Google maps and Google Earth, add GPS data to GIS software, and learn how
to georeference a scanned map. The exercise will
also show how to extract points, lines, and areas from the georeferenced map.
- Vector Analysis in GIS (February
18 and March 6):
ArcGIS 10 has a powerful set of software tools to visually explore and
analyze spatial information. Vector GIS data includes point, line and
polygon features, which can be selected by proximity or by attributes
features have in common. Intended for students who have taken the previous
class or have explored GIS software casually, this class will provide
hands-on examples of the most common vector analytical tasks in GIS.
- Raster Analysis in GIS
(February 19 and March 7):
GIS raster datasets are geographic phenomena stored as grid cells or as
images. Each cell or pixel contains information that can be modified to
generate new raster data. ArcGIS 10 has many tools to manage and
manipulate raster data information. Intended for students who have taken
the class on vector analysis or have explored GIS software in some detail,
this class will give hands-on examples of various raster analysis tools.
- Using ModelBuilder
and Python Scripts in ArcGIS (February 21): https://wass.princeton.edu/pages/viewcalendar.page.php?cal_id=1159
GIS users often want to run a process multiple times, changing the inputs,
parameters or summaries generated. ArcGIS has many ways to help users
automate processes. The exercises show users how to use graphic tools in ModelBuilder, and how to modify Python scripts to
perform repetitive tasks and build simple models.
- Working with Data Tables and
U.S. Census data in ArcGIS (February 25 and April 2): https://wass.princeton.edu/pages/viewcalendar.page.php?cal_id=853
ArcGIS 10 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 ArcMap. The class will work with historic US
demographic data and explore the use of tables in ArcGIS. The session will
assist any GIS user who wants to include tabular data in a spatial
- Making Maps and Presentations
using ArcMap in ArcGIS (February 26 and April 3): https://wass.princeton.edu/pages/viewcalendar.page.php?cal_id=854
Maps can be extremely effective in communicating knowledge about an area.
ArcGIS ArcMap 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
- Introduction to QGIS (February 28):
Quantum GIS (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 1.8.0 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.
- Global Positioning Systems and
GIS (April 4):
Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers collect spatial information for
use in GIS and elsewhere. The accuracy, precision and overall capabilities
of GPS receivers differ dramatically. The basic concepts of GPS will be
introduced, and a variety of GPS receivers will be used to collect
locations on campus. The data collected will then be uploaded and
displayed in ArcGIS, Google Earth, and other applications.
classes will be held in the Lewis Library Electronic Classroom 225 from 1:30 to