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GIS is an integrated collection of software and data used to visualize and organize geographic data, conduct geographic analysis, and create maps.
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The practicum is a day-long (9am to 4:30pm) event that takes place on a Friday. 

Workshops for Spring 2015:

  • Feb 27
  • Mar 27
  • Apr 24

Registration opens Jan 30

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

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

    Registrants must possess basic to intermediate level computer skills.



    Each participant will have a PC, but since the GIS software (QGIS) is free and open source, participants are welcome to bring and work off of their own laptops.

    If you opt to do this, you should download and install the software on your laptop before the workshop begins from the GIS practicum page.

    Due to their small screen size and lack of processing power, small netbooks are not appropriate for this workshop.


    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

      QGIS Raster Tutorial

      • QGIS Raster Tutorial
        An addendum to the practicum, this tutorial focuses on working with rasters in QGIS using elevation models.

      Geospatial Data Librarian

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

      (646) 312-1657
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      Subject Expertise:
      Geography, GIS, Demography

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