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Mapping & GIS: Workshop/Training

This is the LibGuide that accompanies the workshop Digital Mapping for Historians and Humanists, February 2023.

Past Workshops

Past Workshops, 2020

Title: Building Geographic Heat Map

Description: A heat map is a two-dimensional representation of information with the help of colors. Heat maps are capable of displaying complex data in a simple visual format making them a useful tool for data analysis. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a heat map of densities based on values assigned to locations specified by latitude and longitude coordinates or other standard geographic location descriptors such as zip code, state, country, and region using various software tools.

Date: 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Thursday, September 10, 2020

Location: Zoom link upon registration

Register: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/7050939

For this workshop, make sure:

1. You have Microsoft EXCEL installed on your computer

2. Signup for Tableau account. Tableau offers free one-year Tableau licenses to students and staff at accredited academic institutions. Signup at https://www.tableau.com/academic/students

3.Signup for free mapbox account at https://account.mapbox.com/auth/signup/

 

Title: Intro to QGIS

Description: In this workshop, you will learn: GIS data models and formats, explore the various components of the free and open source QGIS interface and tools, creating a new map, adding data layers, changing layer symbol and display properties, setting layer symbol, creating map layouts with legends, titles, north arrows, and other map elements.

Download and install QGIS: https://qgis.org/en/site/

Date: 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Friday, September 11, 2020

Location: Zoom link upon registration

Register: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/7050980
 

Past Workshops, 2019

Title: GIS-I: This is the first in a two-part series of Introductory GIS workshop using ArcGIS/ArcMap.

Description: In this workshop, you will learn: GIS data models and formats, explore the various components of ArcGIS interface and tools, creating a new map, adding data layers, changing layer symbol and display properties, setting layer symbol and scale properties, creating map layouts with legends, titles, north arrows, and other map elements.

Date: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Location: Goldstein Electronic Classroom (Room 114), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Register: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/5807885

 

Title: GIS-II: This is the second in a two-part series of Introductory GIS workshop using ArcGIS/ArcMap.

Description: In this workshop, you will learn: Creating features from coordinate tables, adding and joining tables, calculating a distance between features, selecting features by attribute and within a certain distance, learn about the intersection and buffering tools, viewing and editing metadata.

Date: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Location: Goldstein Electronic Classroom (Room 114), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Register: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/5807913

 

Title: Building Geographic Heat Map

Description: A heat map is a two-dimensional representation of information with the help of colors. Heat maps are capable of displaying complex data in a simple visual format making them a useful tool for data analysis. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a heat map of densities based on values assigned to locations specified by latitude and longitude coordinates or other standard geographic location descriptors such as zip code, state, country, and region using various software tools.

Date: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Thursday, October 10, 2019

Location: Goldstein Electronic Classroom (Room 114), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Register: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/5807947

 

Title: Spatial Relational Database Management Systems

Description: A database management system is a mechanism that allows data to be stored in such a way that it becomes easy to organize, retrieve, manipulate, and secure the data. This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and its spatial extensions - PostGIS and SpatiaLite. 

Date: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Thursday, October 17, 2019

Location: Goldstein Electronic Classroom (Room 114), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Register: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/5807969

Online Learning Resources

Esri E-Learning (Virtual Campus) and Esri Academy

Web courses, seminars, videos on GIS topics. As part of Penn's license agreement with Esri, we are entitled to free courses on Esri Virtual Campus. 

How to Access

1. Request to be added to Penn's organizational ArcGIS online (AGOL) account by sending an email to librdds@pobox.upenn.edu. Include your first and last name, and university email address. 
2. You will receive an email prompting you to create an organizational account with Esri within two business days.
3. After creating your account, go to https://www.esri.com/training/catalog/search/. Here you may select a topic and a focus area that is relevant to your interests. and browse the available courses. Courses labeled "Instructor-Led" are not free of cost, however labels such as  or "Requires Maintenance."
4. Click on your course selection and sign-in using your organizational account at the subsequent dialog window prompt.
5. If you need direct access to Penn's organizational account for sign-in, use the link https://upenn.maps.arcgis.com 

Recommended course: Getting Started with GIS.

Lynda.com

Esri Help

The ArcGIS Desktop online help contains a wealth of information.

 

Texts at Penn Libraries

The library carries a huge number of GIS texts and handbooks, both in print and online.

Penn's GIS related courses

Master of Urban Spatial Analytics

  • Big Data Analysis (Spatial Statistics and Data Analysis) MUSA 500
  • Geospatial Software Design LARP 743 / CPLN 670
  • Applications of Urban Spatial Analysis MUSA 507
  • Modeling Geographic Space LARP 741
  • Land Use and Environmental Modeling CPLN 675
  • Javascript Programming for Planning MUSA 610
  • Data wrangling and data visualization MUSA 850

Masters of Public Health program

  • Geography and Health PUBH 517