[ MIT ] – Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Previous Workshops

[ MIT ] – Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Previous Workshops

Census & Demographic Data

January 2017

There are many websites and databases that include census and demographic data. How do you find them? Which is the best for your project? We’ll explore sources of US and international data and provide tips for finding additional datasets. For those interested in mapping, we’ll teach you the steps necessary for creating customized maps.

Python for Map Creation Using ArcMap

January 2017

In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn just enough Python scripting to work with it in ArcGIS. Then you’ll use the ArcPy mapping module to create and update map layers and content to produce customized maps that can be exported for presentations and reports. Whether you need to create 10 or 1000 maps, you’ll learn how to save time by using Python.

Introduction to Spatial Statistics in GIS

January 2017

Are there clusters in your data? Are similar values grouped together? How are several pieces of data related? This workshop will introduce you to spatial statistics techniques in both ArcMap and Geoda.

Finding & Mapping Business Data

January 2017

Did you ever wonder where grocery stores are located in a city? Or perhaps biotech firms? We will learn how to query several business directories and then take that information one step further by creating customized maps and finding detailed information for specific companies.

ESRI Web Apps & StoryMaps

January 2017

Learn how to tell a story with your map by adding photographs and videos or creating a customized map viewer using a Web App. No coding required!

GIS Level 2

January 2017

Expand your experience with GIS software and learn how to create and edit GIS files, geocode addresses onto a map, re-project data, and use tools like Clip, Buffer, and Spatial Join.

Introduction to GIS

January 2017

Learn the basics of visualizing and analyzing geographic information and creating your own maps in a Geographic Information System (GIS). We will introduce open source and proprietary GIS software options and let attendees choose to work through exercises using ESRI ArcGIS (proprietary) and/or Quantum GIS (QGIS) (open source). Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data, and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations.

Make an Online Map in Minutes

January 2016

Learn how to make a basic, online map that you can include in publications, papers, or host on a website. We’ll discuss a variety of web-based tools for creating maps, such as CartoDB and ArcGIS Online, and how to find data to use in these programs. Then you will have a chance to create your own web-based map.

All About Spatial Data: Find it, Manage it, Use it

January 2016

Before you can start a research project, you need data! Learn about the different types of spatial data, resources for accessing it, and how to understand and organize it. At the end of this workshop you will be ready to work with spatial data. This workshop is appropriate for GIS users of all levels as well as those who intend to work with spatial data outside of GIS software.

Using Network Analyst in ArcMap

January 2015

Many people use buffers in a GIS to estimate distances from a place or event, but buffers don’t allow for the fact that we usually travel on paths and roads, not as the crow flies. The Network Analyst extension in ArcGIS gives you the capability of creating buffers based on travel time or distance along roads and finding optimal routes using existing road networks.

Energy Information: Maps and data to use with GIS

January 2015

Where are the power plants and pipelines? How close are they to population centers? In this session, MIT GIS Services will introduce you to energy maps and spatial data available and demonstrate GIS in action on the energy front.

Resources for Free and Open GIS Data

January 2015

Geospatial data is often extremely costly and difficult to access, but there are an increasing number of free and open GIS datasets that can be just as suitable and useful as their expensive, proprietary counterparts. We will explore specific sources and strategies for discovering this data. Examples of sources covered include OpenStreetMap, Natural Earth Data, the Database of Global Administrative Areas, and others. Some experience with GIS may be helpful.

Introduction to Spatial Statistics

January 2015

Are there clusters in your data? Are similar values grouped together? How are several pieces of data related? This workshop will introduce you to the spatial statistics techniques of spatial autocorrelation and regression. We will use both ArcMap and Geoda.

Web Mapping: Google Maps

January 2015

Learn how to use Google Maps and Fusion tables to make custom, online maps.

Collect and Create Your Own Geographic Data


Can’t find the data you need online? No problem! In this workshop we’ll learn how to collect data in the field using GPS units and phone apps and then use it in GIS software. We’ll also explore geoferencing scanned maps, drawing new data layers (like roads or rivers), and mapping points from a spreadsheet based on coordinates or addresses.

Interpolation in ArcGIS


Do you have a set of points that you measured on your trip?  You can’t measure a phenomenon at every point in your field area but you can estimate the values between your samples with various interpolation techniques.  We will cover Inverse Distance Weighting and Spline interpolations and talk a look at geostatistical techniques (Kriging).  Bring your own data if you have it.

Hydrology Tools for GIS


Learn about GIS tools for surface water analysis and modeling. Apply ArcGIS tools that pre-process data for HEC-RMS and pre- and post-process data for HEC-RAS model results.


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