This guide is your quick-start manual for geographic information systems (GIS). It will provide you with an introduction to GIS software and tools as well as recommendations for additional resources you may find useful.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are the software and hardware used to visualize, analyze, create, and store geospatial data. Using datasets that include location data (spatial data) users can layer datasets to solve problems, measure change, share information, and many more applications using the power of maps.
GIS can also refer to Geographic Information Science , the field of study surrounding the use, research, and theory of GIS technology.
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We aim to help people find, use, and understand geospatial technology across disciplines.
Locating geospatial and research data, or other digital library resources.
Exploring GIS desktop and web-based software applications.
Establishing geospatial research methods, workflows, and documentation.
Course Embedded Instruction
Single Session Workshops or Demonstrations
Multi-Session Workshop Series
Example topics include Introduction to Geospatial Data, GIS Software, R Spatial Analysis, Automated Geoprocessing with ArcPy Python Scripts, Data Documentation and Geospatial Data Management Plans, ArcGIS Online Story Maps, and ArcGIS Pro Tool Boxes
Current geospatial Software Support in RDS:
|ArcGIS Pro||Esri's GIS Desktop application for all your geospatial analysis and processing needs.|
|ArcGIS Online||Esri’s cloud-based software that can be used on “any divice with an internet connection”.|
|R & RStudio||Free and open-source statistical computing software with data visualization and spatial libraries.|
|GeoDa||Free and open-source desktop spatial statistics software.|
|QGIS||Free and open-source desktop application that is similar to ArcGIS.|
|ArcPy||Esri's Python library designed for automating geoprocessing workflows.|
|Carto||Create powerful online visualizations and dynamic maps.|
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