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Workshop: What is GIS and how can it boost your research?

February 21, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is used in all levels of government, in the private sector and is a staple tool in physical science research as well. In recent years the power of geographical data has also found its way into the arts, health, and social sciences, and plenty of spatial data is available for free online. This workshop takes an interdisciplinary science approach and is aimed at researchers with no familiarity with GIS, but who is interested in learning more about it.

During this workshop, you will learn about the basics of map analysis and data visualization using GIS. During the hands-on part of the workshop you’ll use ArcGIS, the world’s most widely used GIS program to which the University of Alabama has a campus-wide license, making it available to all faculty, staff, and students, so you easily can continue using GIS in your office/lab after the workshop.

About the Instructor

Dr. Johanna Engström has over 10 years of experience working with GIS in industry and academia and currently works as Geospatial Services Manager in the University of Alabama Geography Department.

About the Series

The mission of the University of Alabama Libraries Data Services Workshop Series (DSWS) is to create an environment where faculty, students, and staff at the University of Alabama (UA) can receive training in data science research methods. The DSWS facilitates an exchange of knowledge across research disciplines and provides cutting-edge analytics training to prepare UA scholars to meet the rigorous requirements of advanced research in the 21st century. The workshops are offered by faculty members on diverse topics from introductory data visualization to practical approaches in machine learning. Whether new to data analytics or a seasoned researcher, the DSWS will provide valuable opportunities to acquire the skills requisite for data science research.


February 21, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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