Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Introduction to QGIS: A Self-directed Workshop

NOTE - Registration is closed, workshop is full

Do you have a research question that you'd like to envision geographically? Maybe you'd like to study neighborhoods to target a market or measure the distribution of public services. Or perhaps you want to visualize various resources or socio-economic and demographic characteristics across the country or around the world. Have you ever wanted to add a map to a report or presentation, but couldn't find one that suits your needs?

This introductory workshop showcases the basic and fundamental principles for using geographic information systems (GIS) to process geospatial data, conduct geographical analyses, and create maps using the free and open source QGIS software package. In this remote and self-directed series, participants will attend an introductory GIS presentation and orientation session via Zoom, and then will spend one week working through exercises in a comprehensive GIS workbook. The workbook includes clear step-by-step instructions with screenshots, and separate commentary that explains each task. Halfway through the week, participants can attend an optional drop-in session for assistance with the material, and at the end of the week the series concludes with a second Zoom session to summarize what we have learned, demonstrate free sources of GIS data, and provide participants with the opportunity to ask specific questions about GIS that pertain to their own research projects.

Frank Donnelly is the instructor for the series. The workbook manual for the sessions was written by him, and has been successfully employed in day-long workshops that he's taught in person over the past ten years.

Eligibility and Prerequisites

You are eligible to register for the workshop if you are a:

  • Current Baruch undergraduate student (including Macaulay Honors affiliates)
  • Current CUNY graduate student
  • Current CUNY faculty or staff member

All participants must:

  • Be completely comfortable and configured to use Zoom. Tech support cannot be provided by the instructor.
  • Be willing and committed to working through the material on their own (this is not a live, hands-on workshop).
  • Possess basic to intermediate-level computer skills (file management, downloading files, basic spreadsheets).
  • Download and install the specific version of the QGIS software that we will be using on your laptop or desktop computer.
  • Attend the initial session for the week in which you registered in order to participate in the drop-in and final session for that week (sorry, no exceptions).

Course Materials and Software

The tutorial manual (Introduction to GIS Using Open Source Software), data files for the workshop, and links to directly download QGIS for different operating systems are available on the GIS Practicum page at the Baruch Geoportal.

We are using QGIS 3.10 A Coruna, which is the long term release version of the software. Please download and install QGIS 3.10 for your operating system prior to the first session. The software cannot be run on tablets, netbooks, or Chromebooks, and isn't supported on most older operating systems.

Registration and Dates

Registration is capped at 15 participants, to insure that everyone has the opportunity to fully participate and ask questions. Participants are not required to show their images on video, but are required to identify themselves by name. The sessions will not be recorded.

  • Friday Oct 16 and Oct 23: 10am-11:30am (optional drop-in sessions Tue Oct 20)

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Workshop is Full

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