Workshops

The Tufts Data Lab provides a variety of short GIS workshops. Please contact the GIS Support email list at gis-support@elist.tufts.edu if you would like to schedule a workshop.

Additionally, Tisch Library hosts many different workshops as well, some of which we have included on this page.

Current Workshops:

Collecting Geospatial Data in the Field: An Introduction to GPS (Registration Required)
Dates for 2016 Spring Semester:

  • Wednesday, March 9th: 3:30 PM – 5 PM
  • Monday, March 14th: 10 AM – 11:30 AM

GPS is changing the way users collect and manage geographic data. From handheld units to smart phones, GPS units make it extremely convenient to record locations in the field while simultaneously collecting  additional survey information (e.g. water quality data, emissions levels, questionnaire responses, etc). This field data can then be used for spatial analysis and visualization in ArcGIS and other open source applications, such as google earth and QGIS.

This is a fun 1.5 hour workshop where students will learn how to:

  • Plan for successful field data collection
  • Use GPS units in the field (on the Tufts Campus) to collect spatial and survey data
  • Download and import these points into Google Earth and/or ArcMap
  • Join survey information to field points for additional visualization and spatial analysis
  • Map the collected data points and associated information in Google Earth and Google Maps (and ArcGIS for those with experience in this GIS software)

An Introduction to QGIS for GIS Users (Registration Required)
When: Monday, March 14, 2016: 3:00PM – 4:15PM
Where: Mugar Lab – Bottom floor of Cabot (Fletcher)

Wouldn’t it be great if ArcMap was less expensive, open source, and more versatile? Never fear, QGIS is here! Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a free, open-source software that allows you to create, edit, visualize, analyse and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. More and more NGOs and international organizations are utilizing QGIS for their mapping and data visualization needs, so now is a great time to learn this valuable software!

This workshop is ideal for students who have introductory knowledge of ArcGIS, and are comfortable applying ArcGIS principles to a new GIS software. During this workshop, you will learn the basics of QGIS, including topics such as projections, selections,  layer styling, and map composition.

Intro to Stata (Registration Required)
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016 – 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Data Lab

Date: Friday, February 26, 2016 – 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Data Lab

Illustrator Basics (Registration Required)
Date and Time for Spring 2016: TBD

Best Practices in Research Data Management
Date and Time for Spring 2016: TBD

Poster Design Basics (Registration Required)
Date and Time for Spring 2016: TBD

Best Practices in Research Data Management
Date and Time for Spring 2016: TBD

Other GIS Workshops Include:

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Introduction to GIS for Health Researchers
  • Introduction to Socio-Economic GIS
  • Introduction to GIS Applications to Human and Animal Health, Vet. School
  • Introduction to GIS for Humanitarian Assistance
  • Introduction to GPS
  • Introduction to Google Earth
  • GIS for Water Resources
  • Historical Applications of GIS
  • Large-Format Design Using MS Publishser

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