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GIS Workshops

Branner Library is committed to support and enhance geospatial teaching and research at Stanford University. In collaboration with other institutions and departments, such as Google Outreach, we offer a number of different training seminars and workshops that range from basic mapping techniques to advanced spatial analysis and web mapping applications.

Workshops are scheduled on an as-needed basis so the day and time they are offered will vary each week. Please visit the GIS Workshops website to register for any of our workshops. All of our workshops are free for the Stanford community, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis according to the time of registration online.

We continue to add new workshops every month, and appreciate your suggestions. If there is a workshop that you would like to attend but is not in our calendar or you are interested in some topic not covered in our current offerings, please contact us at davidmed@stanford.edu.

ArcGIS 10.2 workshops

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2

This 3-hour workshop is designed for the new user to GIS technology.
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Data creation and management

Data creation and management

This very hands-on 3-hour workshop will allow you to create and manipulate your own GIS data from scratch.
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Basic spatial analysis

Basic spatial analysis

This workshop covers a few basic spatial analysis tools that ArcGIS has to offer.
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ESRI Community Analyst, Business Analyst, & ArcGIS Online

ESRI Community Analyst, Business Analyst, & ArcGIS Online

Explore some of ESRI’s extensions for demographic data, planning mapping software, as well as location analytics.
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Cartography and symbology

Cartography and symbology

This workshop will walk you through some of the very basic methods for effective map design in ArcGIS while looking at how to and why we symbolize our data in certain ways.
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Basic spatial statistics

Spatial statistics

A basic introduction to spatial statistics (including linear regression and interpolation) in ArcGIS 10.1.
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Google mapping technologies workshops

Earth Engine and Maps Engine

Google Earth and Maps engines

This one day workshop will cover all the concepts and advanced tools in the Google Mapping Environment.
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Google Earth, Google Maps, and Fusion Tables

Google Earth, Google Maps, and Fusion Tables

Learn how to create, edit, import, share, and visualize your data using Google Mapping tools.
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Advanced Fusion Tables

Advanced Fusion Tables

Ideal for technology specialists, environmental leaders, and public-interest advocates this workshop will give you advanced knowledge in Google’s mapping technology using Fusion Tables.
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Google Maps Engine

Google Maps Engine

Learn how to make maps with Google’s Maps Engine.
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Earth sciences and engineering

Interdisciplinary energy workshop

This 1-hour, interdisciplinary workshop explores industry and market research for the energy field.
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Watershed delineation

Watershed delineation

This 2-hour workshop covers how to delineate watersheds from beginning to end using the ArcHydro extension of ArcGIS 10.2.
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Introduction to ArcGIS for field measurements

ArcGIS for field measurements

This workshop is designed to get students familiar with using ArcGIS for field measurements in Earth Systems.
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Spatial statistics for earth sciences

Spatial statistics for earth sciences

Interested in analyzing spatial patterns or clusters in your data? Then this workshop is for you! It covers spatial pattern analysis and interpolation with an overview of Spatial Analyst.
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GIS for decision making

GIS for decision making

This hands-on workshop is intended to explore the geospatial techniques used in environmental policy and decision making.
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Social sciences and humanities

Introduction to GIS for Urban Studies

Introduction to GIS for Urban Studies

This workshop is catered to Urban Studies classes. It focuses on the application of GIS in urban studies. Learn about Business Analyst, Network Analyst and 3D Analyst.
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Spatial statistics for social sciences

Spatial statistics for social sciences

Interested in analyzing spatial patterns or clusters in your data? Then this workshop is for you! It covers spatial pattern analysis and interpolation with an overview of Spatial Analyst.
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Fusion Tables for journalists

Fusion Tables for journalists

This workshop is designed to get journalists familiar with Google’s Fusion Tables mapping and visualization tools.
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Marine sciences

Spatial statistics for marine science

Spatial statistics for marine science

Get to analyzing your marine data using descriptive, inferential, and predictive statistics in ArcGIS.
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Special Topics

GPS and mobile data collection

GPS and mobile data collection

In this 3-hour workshop, participants learn about and utilize all the different options for GPS data collection available from the School of Earth Sciences and Branner Library.
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Geocoding

Geocoding Workshop 2013 flyer

In this workshop we will introduce you to the basics of geocoding. We will demonstrate different ways of performing geocoding and extensively discuss the pros and cons of the different approaches.
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iPad data collection

iPad data collection

Collect your own field data with Avenza Pdf Maps iPad application and Google Earth.
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Intro to Python for GIS

Intro to Python for GIS

Learn basic Python scripting for geoprocessing tasks.
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Intro to QGIS

Intro to QGIS

Fee and open source GIS for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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GIS Courses & Tutorials

GIS Related Classes at Stanford

Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • AA 272C. Global Positioning Systems — The principles of satellite navigation using GPS. Positioning techniques using code tracking, single and dual frequency, carrier aiding, and use of differential GPS for improved accuracy and integrity. Use of differential carrier techniques for attitude determination and precision position determination. Prerequisite: familiarity with matrix algebra and MatLab (or another mathematical programming language).
    3 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year
Anthropology
  • ANTHRO 98B/298B. Digital Methods in Archaeology — (Graduate students register for 298B.) This is a course on digital technologies in archaeology used for documentation, visualization, and analysis of archaeological spaces and objects. Emphasizes hands-on approaches to image manipulation, virtual reality, GIS, CAD, and photogrammetry modeling methods.
    3–5 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Rick, J.)
  • ANTHRO 116/216. Quantitative Analysis in Archaeological & Anthropological Research — (Graduate students register for 216.) This course allows graduate and advanced undergraduate students in archaeology and anthropology to acquire practical skills in quantitative data analysis. Some familiarity with basic statistical methods is useful but not assumed; the structure of the course will be flexible enough to accommodate a range of student expertise and interests. Topics covered include: statistics and graphics in R; database design, resampling methods, diversity measures, contingency table analysis, and introductory methods in spatial analysis.
    5 units, Spring 2010–2011 school year (Robertson, I.)
  • ANTHRO 126 / URBANST 114. Cities in Comparative Perspective — Core course for Urban Studies majors. The city as interdisciplinary object. Discourses about cities such as the projects, practices, plans, representations, and sensibilities that combine to create what people know about urban spaces. Local, national, and transnational spatial scales. Conversations across regional boundaries; geographies of difference. Case studies.
    5 units, Fall 2010–2011 school year (Ebron, P.)
  • ANTHRO 130D/230D / POLISCI 241S . Spatial Approaches to Social Science — This multidisciplinary course combines different approaches to how GIS and spatial tools can be applied in social science research. We take a collaborative, project oriented approach to bring together technical expertise and substantive applications from several social science disciplines. The course aims to integrate tools, methods, and current debates in social science research and will enable students to engage in critical spatial research and a multidisciplinary dialogue around geographic space.
    5 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Engel, C. and Rodden, J.)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 169. Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Design — Application of fluid mechanics, hydrology, water resources, environmental sciences, and engineering economy fundamentals to the design of a system addressing a complex problem of water in the natural and constructed environment. Problem changes each year, generally drawn from a challenge confronting the University or a local community. Student teams prepare proposals, progress reports, oral presentations, and a final design report. Prerequisite: senior in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering; 166B.
    5 units, Spring 2010 (Freyberg, D.), alternate years
Classics
  • CLASSGEN 138. Modern Journeys in Ancient Lands: Building a Spatial History of the Grand Tour — Touring the ancient sites of Italy was an educational rite of passage for 18th-century British elites. Where did Grand Tourists travel? How did the places visited and people encountered affect them, and shape our own vision of the ancient world? Analysis of the literary, geographic, and ideological landscapes of the Grand Tour through focus on primary sources (archival and published) and modern geoanalytical tools (from Google Earth to GIS) to create dynamic visualizations reflecting current theoretical and historical approaches.
    Winter 2011 (Ceserani, G.)
Electrical Engineering
  • EE 140. The Earth From Space: Introduction to Remote Sensing — (Formerly GEOPHYS 140.) Global change science as viewed using space remote sensing technology. Global warming, ozone depletion, the hydrologic and carbon cycles, topographic mapping, and surface deformation. Physical concepts in remote sensing. EM waves and geophysical information. Sensors studied: optical, near and thermal IR, active and passive microwave.
    3 units, to be offered in Winter 2012 (Zebker, H.)
Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • EARTHSYS 144/EESS 164. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) — Survey of geographic information including maps, satellite imagery, and census data, approaches to spatial data, and tools for integrating and examining spatially-explicit data. Emphasis is on fundamental concepts of geographic information science and associated technologies. Topics include geographic data structure, cartography, remotely sensed data, statistical analysis of geographic data, spatial analysis, map design, and geographic information system software. Computer lab assignments.
    4 units, Fall 2012 school year (Carbajales, P.)
  • GES 142. Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover — (Same as EARTHSYS 142/242.) Emphasis is on terrestrial changes. Topics include pre-processing data, biophysical properties of vegetation observable by satellite, accuracy assessment of maps derived from remote sensing, and methodologies to detect changes such as urbanization, deforestation, vegetation health, and wildfires.
    4 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Lambin, E.)
  • GES 161. Statistical Methods for the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Geostatistics — Statistical analysis and graphical display of data, common distribution models, sampling, and regression. The variogram as a tool for modeling spatial correlation; variogram estimation and modeling; introduction to spatial mapping and prediction with kriging; integration of remote sensing and other ancillary information using co-kriging models; spatial uncertainty; introduction to geostatistical software applied to large environmental, climatological, and reservoir engineering databases; emphasis is on practical use of geostatistical tools.
    3–4 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year
  • GES/ERE 240. Geostatistics for Spatial Phenomena — (Same as ENERGY 240.) Probabilistic modeling of spatial and/or time dependent phenomena. Kriging and cokriging for gridding and spatial interpolation. Integration of heterogeneous sources of information. Stochastic imaging of reservoir/field heterogeneities. Introduction to GSLIB software. Case studies from the oil and mining industry and environmental sciences. Prerequisites: introductory calculus and linear algebra, STATS 116, GES 161 or equivalent.
    3–4 units, Spring 2010–2011 school year (Journel, A.)
Geophysics
  • GEOPHYS 141/241. Remote Sensing of the Oceans — How to observe and interpret physical and biological changes in the oceans using satellite technologies. Topics: principles of satellite remote sensing, classes of satellite remote sensors, converting radiometric data into biological and physical quantities, sensor calibration and validation, interpreting large-scale oceanographic features.
    3 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Arrigo, K.)
History
  • HISTORY 401A. Spatial History: Concepts, Methods, Problems — Focus is on exploring the use (and abuse) of geography and spatial concepts in historical research. There will be skill development in the use of basic GIS and cartography. Identify an historical question amenable to geographical analysis and explore the use of geospatial techniques and spatial concepts to answer it.
    4–5 units, Spring 2010–2011 school year (Frank, Z.)
Political Science
  • POLISCI 241S / ANTHRO 130D/230D. Spatial Approaches to Social Science — This multidisciplinary course combines different approaches to how GIS and spatial tools can be applied in social science research. We take a collaborative, project oriented approach to bring together technical expertise and substantive applications from several social science disciplines. The course aims to integrate tools, methods, and current debates in social science research and will enable students to engage in critical spatial research and a multidisciplinary dialogue around geographic space.
    5 units, Winter 2010–2011 school year (Engel, C. and Rodden, J.)

GIS Tutorials and Other Courses

GIS Tutorials
  • ESRI Virtual Campus — Self-paced on-line courses cover a variety of topics related to GIS science, GIS technology, and GIS applications.
  • Google Fusion Tables Tutorials — Basic step-by-step tutorials from Stanford University.
  • Google Earth Outreach — Online tutorials in Google Earth, Google Maps, and Fusion Tables from the Google Earth Outreach Team.
  • ArcGIS Desktop Introduction — Basic tutorial from University of Arkansas.
  • GIS Core Curriculum for Technical Programs — NCGIA, Over 50 units of technical instruction
  • Tufts GIS Tip Sheets — Numerous tip sheets for GIS technical support.
  • OpenGeo Education Center — Community created and supported training and workshops for Open Source GIS software and data.
  • Digital repository of the ELOGeo Project — Digital service that collects, preserves, and distributes digital material about open geospatial data, software and standards.
  • Onlinecourses.com — Free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college course that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.
  • TeachGIS.org — This site, created by instructors and for instructors, is designed to support our educational community of practice. And have fun while we’re at it!
Remote Sensing Tutorials
  • ENVI Tutorials — A variety of step-by-step guides covering topics ranging from getting started with ENVI to classification tools to programming with IDL.
  • Remote Sensing Tutorial — A comprehensive introduction to Remote Sensing developed by NASA.
GPS Tutorials
Local Courses in the Bay Area
GIS Tutorial Data on Local Hard Drives

The following tutorial data is accessible on the GIS machines:

  • Mastering GIS Tutorial
  • ENVI Tutorial Data
  • 3D Analyst
  • ArcScan
  • BuildingaGeodatabase
  • Data Interoperability
  • Database Servers
  • Editing
  • Geocoding
  • Geostatistical Analyst
  • GP Service Examples
  • Help
  • License
  • Linear Referencing
  • Maplex
  • ModelBuilder
  • NetCDF
  • Network Analyst
  • Parcel Editing
  • Raster
  • Representations
  • Schematics
  • Spatial Analyst
  • SQL Examples
  • Support
  • Tracking Analyst

GIS Books

Geographic Information Systems

Mastering ArcGIS

Mastering ArcGIS
Maribeth Price
2012
G70.212 .P74 2012

GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS 10

GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS 10
Wilpen L. Gorr, Kristen S. Kurland
2011
G70.212 .G74 2011 V.1

GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook

GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook
David W. Allen
2013
G70.212 .A434 2013

 
The GIS 20 Essential Skills

The GIS 20 Essential Skills
Gina Clemmer
2010
G70.212 .C59 2010

 

Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
Thomas Lillesand & Ralph Kiefer
2008.
G70.4 .L54 2008

Exploring ENVI
Produced by Outreach Services, ITT Visual Information Solutions
2007.
G70.4 .E96 2007

 

Introduction to Remote Sensing
James B. Campbell, Randolph H. Wynne
2011.
G70.4 .C23 2011

 

Cartography

Cartography: Visualization of Geospatial Data
Kraak, M. J.
2010.
GA105.3 .K73 2010

GIS Cartography
Gretchen N. Peterson
2009.
GA105.3 .P47 2009

 

Global Positioning Systems

Introduction to GPS: The Global Positioning System
Ahmed El-Rabbany
2006.
G109.5 .E6 2006

Understanding GPS: Principles and Applications
Elliott D. Kaplan, Christopher J. Hegarty, editors.
2006.
G109.5 .K36 2006

 

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