Our GIS workshop series will continue virtually this semester. Unfortunately, because we can’t handout laptops to our attendees, we’re unable to provide ArcGIS Pro to non-UVA users. To be clear, ArcGIS Pro is NOT required to attend the sessions, but it is required to complete the hands-on exercises from the first six sessions on your own. The final two sessions cover ArcGIS Online, which is browser-based, and will be made available to everyone.
- For our non-UVA attendees, unfortunately, we’re unable to provide ArcGIS Pro licenses. Our suggestion would be to take advantage of one of the public computer labs on Grounds. If you are hesitant to use an indoor public space, another option is to acquire a personal use license. We know this isn’t ideal for some, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
- For our attendees with a Mac computer, ArcGIS Pro is not Mac compatible. There are several ways to run Windows on a Mac, including a multi-boot utility like BootCamp or a virtual machine, both of which require expertise we’re unable to provide. For UVA affiliates, the simplest solution is to take advantage of UVA’s Remote Apps which provides access to Pro.
Workshops will be recorded and made available for asynchronous learning, virtually (see what I did there?) eliminating the ever-problematic scheduling conflict. If you can’t attend in real-time, give them a watch when your schedule allows. Hit a snag and need a refresher? Feel free to watch again, as many times as you want. Tune in for some GIS learnin’ and chortle freely at our WFH hair and mediocre dad jokes.
All sessions are one hour and assume participants have no previous experience using GIS. Sessions will be hands-on demonstrations with step-by-step tutorials and expert assistance. All sessions will be taught on Tuesdays from 2PM to 3PM and are free and open to the UVa and larger Charlottesville community. Registration is required, please use the links below to sign up and get a Zoom link. Late-comers are welcome and encouraged, registration remains open until 1 hour before class.
September 7th - Making Your First Map with ArcGIS Pro
Here’s your chance to get started with geographic information systems software in a friendly, jargon-free environment. This workshop introduces the skills you need to make your own maps. Along the way you’ll get a taste of Earth’s most popular GIS software (ArcGIS) and a gentle introduction to cartography. You’ll leave with your own cartographic masterpieces and tips for learning more in your pursuit of mappiness at UVa.
September 14th - Putting Old maps and Aerial Photos on Your Map: Georeferencing in ArcGIS Pro
Would you like to see historical maps overlaid on modern aerial photography? Do you need to extract features of a map for use in GIS? Georeferencing is the first step. We will show you how to take a scan of a paper map and align in it in ArcGIS.
September 21st - Getting Your Data on a Map
Do you have a list of Lat/Lon coordinates you would like to see on a map? We will show you how to do that, and more. ArcGIS Pro makes it easy to take your tabular data and generate stylized points on a map.
September 28th - Points on Your Map: Street Addresses and More Spatial Things
Do you have a list of street addresses crying out to be mapped? Have a list of zip codes or census tracts you wish to associate with other data? We’ll start with addresses and other things spatial and end with points on a map, ready for visualization and analysis.
October 5th - Taking Control of Your Spatial Data: Editing in ArcGIS Pro
Until we perfect that magic “extract all those lines from this paper map” button we’re stuck using editor tools to get that job done. If you’re lucky, someone else has done the work to create your points, lines, and polygons but maybe they need your magic touch to make them better. This session shows you how to create and modify vector features in ArcGIS Pro, the world’s most popular geographic information systems software. We’ll explore tools to create new points, lines, and polygons and to edit existing datasets.
October 12th - Easy Demographics
Need to make a quick demographic map? This workshop will show you how easily navigate Social Explorer. This powerful online application makes it easy to create maps with contemporary and historic census data and religious information.
October 19th - Introduction to ArcGIS Online
With ArcGIS Online, you can use and create maps and scenes, access ready-to-use maps, layers and analytics, publish data as web layers, collaborate and share, access maps from any device, make maps with your Microsoft Excel data, customize the ArcGIS Online website, and view status reports.
October 26th - ArcGIS Story Maps
ArcGIS StoryMaps is a spatially enabled application builder that allows authors to give narrative and multimedia context to their ArcGIS Online maps. Whether telling a story, giving a tour or comparing historical maps, ArcGIS StoryMaps is an easy-to-use application builder that creates polished presentations.