Open Source GIS Working Group

Learn GIS in the Company of Digital Humanists and Digital Scientists

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.

Basics of GIS

Session Three

Fundamentals of Cartography

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Date Location Topic Session Notes
9/7/2017 800FA, Central Library Welcome Session: Overview of Web Mapping Tools
9/14/2017 800FA, Central Library Mapbox- Creating a Basic Map Notes
9/21/2017 800FA, Central Library Mapbox- Working with Georeferenced Maps Notes
9/28/2017 800FA, Central Library Mapbox API Notes
10/5/2017 800FA, Central Library Open Street Map Notes
10/12/2017 Fall Break No Session
10/19/2017 800FA, Central Library Open Street Map
10/26/2017 800FA, Central Library Carto
11/2/2017 800FA, Central Library Carto
11/9/2017 800FA, Central Library Carto
11/16/2017 Map Show and Tell
11/23/2017 through 1/11/2018 Fall Hiatus No Session