Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


The practicum is a day-long (9am to 4:30pm) event that takes place on a Friday.

Workshop dates for Spring 2016 will be posted in January.

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Registration fee is $30. A light breakfast and a detailed tutorial booklet will be provided.

Current CUNY graduate students, faculty, and staff, and Baruch & Lehman undergrads, are eligible to register.

Registrants must possess basic to intermediate level computer skills. Users must bring their own laptop to the Baruch sessions; computers will be provided for the Lehman session (see details below).


Some sessions require users to bring a laptop, while for other sessions (where PCs are provided) it's optional. Since the QGIS software is free and open source, participants are welcome to bring and work off of their own laptops.

Course Materials

Intro to GIS Using Open Source Software

Do you have a research question that you'd like to envision geographically? Maybe you'd like to study neighborhoods and businesses to target a market. Or perhaps you want to visualize the distribution of education, employment, or resources across the country or around the world. Have you ever wanted to add a map to your presentations or reports, but couldn't find one that suits your needs?

This practicum introduces participants to geographic information systems (GIS) as a concept for envisioning information and as a tool for conducting geographic analyses and creating maps. Participants will learn how to navigate a GIS interface, how to prepare map layers and conduct a basic geographic analysis, and how to create thematic maps using the open source software QGIS.


Participants will:

  • Add data to GIS software and navigate a GIS interface
  • Perform basic geoprocessing operations for preparing vector GIS data
  • Convert text-based data to a GIS data format
  • Conduct geographic analyses using standard GIS tools and vector data
  • Create thematic maps using the principles of map projections, data classification, symbolization, and cartographic design
  • Locate GIS data on the web and consider the merits of different data sources
  • Demonstrate competency with a specific GIS package (open source QGIS)
  • Identify other GIS topics (tools and techniques for analysis), data formats (raster, vector), and software (open source and ArcGIS) to pursue for future study


Geospatial Data Librarian

Frank Donnelly
Newman Library
151 E 25th Street
Box H-0520
New York, NY 10010

(646) 312-1657
Website / Blog Page

QGIS Raster Tutorial