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Geography Awareness Week: GIS Workshops

As part of our ongoing commitment to support education in geospatial technologies, the Stanford Geospatial Center is celebrating Geography Awareness Week with a series of free workshops.
Take a look at the timing and descriptions below and contact the instructor directly to make sure you get a seat in the workshop of your choice.

Geography Awareness Week schedule
Mapping with R

Instructor: Claudia Engel, Academic Technology Specialist & Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
When: Monday, Nov. 14, 12–1pm
Where: Meyer Library, Room 182
Description:
R now comes with many functions and packages that can be used for reading, visualizing, and analyzing geographical spatial data. This workshop will review some of the major R packages available to import, store, analyze, and map spatial data in R and give a worked example. Please bring your laptop to follow along. This workshop assumes that you have a very basic understanding of R and how to work with it.
Prerequisites:
A basic familiarity with R, basic data types, tabular data input and management.
You will need to bring your own laptop with R installed and some of its libraries.
Install latest R from http://cran.r-project.org/mirrors.html. Install libraries: sp, maps, maptools, classInt, rgdal, RColorBrewer, ggplot2

Introduction to QGIS

Instructors:
Noemi Alvarez, GIS Analyst, Digital Humanities
Elijah Meeks, Digital Humanities Specialist, Digital Humanities
Renzo Sanchez-Silva, GIS Infrastructure Software Engineer, Digital Library Systems and Services
Claudia Engel, Academic Technology Specialist & Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
When: Tuesday, Nov 15, 12–1pm
Where: Meyer Library, Room 182
Description:
Quantum GIS is free, open-source GIS software that provides much of the same functionality as proprietary software like ArcGIS. QGIS, however, runs on Linux, Windows and OSX. This workshop will deal with getting geodata into QGIS from shapefile, kml or a PostGIS database connection, modifying it with typical GIS functionality and styling it for presentation.

Introduction to PostGIS & Open Layers

Instructor: Renzo Sanchez-Silva, GIS Infrastructure Software Engineer, Digital Library Systems and Services
When: Thursday, Nov. 17, 12–1pm
Where: Meyer Library, Room 182
Description:
PostgreSQL is the world’s most advanced open source database. PostGIS adds geospatial support to it. In this session, we will introduce the basic features of geospatial databases and show how to port data into GIS-friendly file formats.
OpenLayers is an open source JavaScript mapping framework that easily enables displaying dynamic maps on web pages. We will publish files created with PostGIS to our AFS web storage and compose a simple HTML page with OpenLayers to display them on a map.
Prerequisites:
A basic understanding of relational databases, SQL, HTML and JavaScript is required to follow the examples.

About the Software
Due to time constraints it is not possible to walk through installations of the software (PostgreSQL, PostGIS and all dependencies) in this session.
Windows users should follow these instructions:

Introduction to ArcGIS

Instructor: Patricia Carbajales, Geospatial Manager, Branner Earth Sciences Library
When: Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30–8:30pm
Where: Mitchell Earth Sciences Building, Room A65 (sub-basement)
Description:
This 3-hour, hands-on workshop is designed to give a basic understanding of ArcGIS to new users. Topics covered include GIS data formats, basic database management, projections, ArcCatalog, ArcMap, Tools for spatial analysis and basic cartography principles. After attending this workshop, students should feel comfortable doing a basic map on their own.
This workshop is mandatory if students want to use Branner’s ArcGIS free one-on-one consulting services
Prerequisites:
None.

Mapping with Google Earth & Fusion Tables

Instructor: Patricia Carbajales, Geospatial Manager, Branner Earth Sciences Library
When: Friday, Nov. 18, 12–1pm
Where: Meyer Library, Room 182
Description:
This hands-on workshop will cover many of the concepts and advanced tools in the Google Mapping Environment: from how to create content and add photos and videos in Google Earth, to how to create a narrated tour and embed your map on your website using Fusion Tables. No previous GIS experience is required.
Prerequisites:
In order to attend this workshop, you will need to bring your laptop with the following programs already installed:
Google Earth (Basic) 6* (Pro is preferable)
Download at http://earth.google.com/* This version will automatically also download and install the Google Earth Plug-in
Check that either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome (or both) are installed. If not, install at least one of them.
Check that the Google Earth Plug-in is installed by going to http://code.google.com/apis/earth — do you see the Earth Plug-in? If yes, it is installed correctly. If not, click to install.
Check that YouTube videos can be played by going to http://www.youtube.com/ — if you need Flash to view YouTube videos, follow the prompt to download Flash.
*Other things to check:*
- Notepad++ (any version is fine) is a great tool for viewing KML. Download at http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
- Make sure you can connect to the Stanford Wi-Fi network before the day of the workshop!!


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