We meet from 12-1 p.m. on most Thursdays in 800FA of the Central Library. Newcomers are always welcome! Check the schedule below for details about topics. Also see our Github repository for code samples. Contact Lindsey Fox with any questions or see the FAQs below.
Why learn GIS?
GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a extremely useful data visualization and investagion tool. GIS can be used to not only identify patterns and analyze them, but also display those results in a meaningful manner.
What do we do?
In this working group we look at various open source GIS tools. Some of these tools include: PosgreSQL/PostGIS, Mapbox/Leaflet, Geoserver, and QGIS. Many of these programs are used to create, store, edit, serve out, and analyze geographic data.
Why GIS for Digital Science?
GIS has long been used for analyzeing and interpretting geographic data, commonly used in the sciences. If you have lots of data in different formats, like CSV, JSON, XML, or relational databases, GIS is capable of integrating that data for analysis and display.
What if I'm new to GIS?
We strive to make our sessions accessible to users at any level, including complete beginners. We always start each meeting with review of a basic topic and encourage newcomers to pair with more experienced participants.
What should I bring?
If you can, please bring a laptop with you to the sessions. If you don't have a laptop, you can always check one out from the library. We're agnostic about operating systems—Linux, OSX or Windows are all fine.
Can I join anytime?
Yes! We try to keep our sessions as modular as possible. If you need help with anything we've covered in a previous session, we'd be glad to bring you up to speed. We strive to be a friendly and welcoming group at all times.
|9/8/2016||800FA, Central Library||Welcome Session: Overview of Creating a Basic Online Mapping Template|
|9/15/2016||800FA, Central Library||QGIS- Learn to Georeference Historic Maps||Notes|
|9/22/2016||800FA, Central Library||Mapbox- Working with your Georeferenced Map||Notes|
|9/29/2016||800FA, Central Library||GitHub- Working with the GitHub Mapping Template||Notes|
|10/7/2016||800FA, Central Library||Cloudant- Creating Your Map Data||Notes|
|10/14/2016||Fall Break||No Session|
|10/20/2016||800FA, Central Library||Cloudant Review and Troubleshooting|
|10/28/2016||800FA, Central Library||Edit CSS and HTML- Customizing Your Mapping Application!|
|11/3/2016||800FA, Central Library||Map Show and Tell|
|11/10/2016||800FA, Central Library||Spring Schedule Review and Closing Discussion|
|11/17/2016 through 1/12/2016||Fall Hiatus||No Session|
|1/19/2017||800FA, Central Library||Welcome/Agenda/Installing QGIS||Notes|
|1/26/2017||800FA, Central Library||Making a Map||Notes|
|2/2/2017||800FA, Central Library||Working with Attributes||Notes|
|2/9/2017||800FA, Central Library||Importing Spreadsheets and Performing Table Joins|
|2/16/2017||800FA, Central Library||Basic Vector Styling|
|2/23/2017||800FA, Central Library||Basic Vector Styling|
|3/2/2017||800FA, Central Library||Map Troubleshooting/ Open Session|
|3/9/2017||No Meeting: Spring Break||No Session|
|3/16/2017||800FA, Central Library||Basic Raster Styling|
|3/23/2017||800FA, Central Library||Working with Projections|
|3/30/2017||800FA, Central Library||Performing Spatial Joins|
|4/6/2017||800FA, Central Library||Analysis Tools: Points in a Polygon Example|
|4/13/2017||800FA, Central Library||Performing Spatial Queries|
|4/20/2017||800FA, Central Library||Map Show and Tell/ Closing Session|
|4/27/2017 through 8/16/2017||Summer Hiatus||No Session|