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Spring 2024 GIS Essentials Faculty Workshops/Training

Are you ready to unlock the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and take your research and work to the next level? The UMSL Geospatial Collaborative is excited to announce the second comprehensive GIS Workshop/Training program designed exclusively for UMSL faculty and staff.

The ArcGIS Training series will take place over 7 Fridays, starting February 2, from 10:00 – 11:00am in the GIS Lab in UMSL’s Geospatial Collaborative (Benton Hall 401B). Sessions will also be broadcast on Zoom and recorded. The proposed schedule of topics can be found below. Once registered, you may attend any of the sessions that you wish depending on your needs and interests.

Our expert instructors Jessie Bleile and Innocensia Owuor have years of experience in the field and will provide you with hands-on training, ensuring that you leave the workshop with practical skills that you can apply immediately in your work.

This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to take their GIS skills to the next level and improve their professional development. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced GIS user, this workshop will provide you with invaluable insights and techniques.

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your GIS skills and advance your career. Register now.

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Reda Amer, the Director of the UMSL Geospatial Collaboration.
· February 2 - Get to know the UMSL Geospatial Collaborative

Come meet the UMSL Geospatial Collaborative Team and learn about UMSL’s efforts to promote geospatial learning and research. Hear from the UMSL Geospatial Collaborative Director, get a tour of the newly built out space, and see the AR/VR Lab.

· February 9 - Getting access to GIS tools

This session is for those who want an overview of what GIS is and how you can access the resources at UMSL. This session will include instruction on how to download ArcGIS onto your personal computers and a discussion of the ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro Desktop applications.

· February 16 - Finding and Managing GIS Data

In this session, we will discuss how to find geospatial data on the web, manage that data in both the ArcGIS online environment and in Geodatabases in ArcGIS

Pro, and how to share data with colleagues using the ArcGIS Online portal. We will also discuss basic GIS data formats and we will include a basic overview of coordinate systems.

· February 23 - Vector Data and Analysis

Vector data, typically made up of points, lines and polygons, can include useful qualitative information, lending itself well to a variety of use cases in GIS analysis. This session will focus on visualizing, editing and analyzing vector data, with multiple examples provided. Demonstrations will include both ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro.

· March 1 - Raster Data and Analysis

Raster data is represented as a continuous grid of data and includes elevation models, imagery, land use, and temperature as examples. This session will focus on visualizing, editing and analyzing raster data, with multiple examples provided. Demonstrations will include both ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro.

· March 8 - Queries and Joins

Explore and learn about relationships in your data. This session will take your analysis a step further by discussing how to query data, export subsets of data, and combine data based on common attributes or locations.

· March 15 - Sharing and Publication

In this final session, learn how to share your analysis, finished maps, and data using ArcGIS Online. We will also cover product options, including layouts in ArcGIS Pro and apps and StoryMaps in ArcGIS Online.