University of California
Informatics and GIS Program

Workshop Descriptions

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Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Agricultural: Crop Focus

Description

This workshop has been designed for participants interested in agriculture with little to no experience in GIS. The presentation will get you up to speed on what kind of analyses GIS may be used for, as well as the basic structures of spatial data. After the lecture you will follow an interactive exercise that has been designed to introduce you to ArcGIS Desktop software while analyzing agricultural data from the Central Valley of California.

Note that while the “agricultural focus” workshop presentation is similar to that of the "environmental science focus" and "social science focus" workshops, the interactive exercise instead focuses upon land cover classification and practical methods for evaluating agricultural suitability and/or health.

Agenda

  • Presentation
    • What is GIS?
    • Geospatial Data Considerations
    • Geoprocessing and spatial analysis with raster math
    • Data Sources
    • Using ArcGIS 10.2, 10.3 or Quantum GIS
  • Interactive
    • Accessing data in ArcGIS
    • Querying data by location and attributes
    • Using spatial analysis tools for land cover classifications
    • Using raster map algebra
    • Calculating zonal statistics
    • Creating a map for export

Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Agricultural: Rangeland Focus

Description

This workshop has been designed for participants interested in rangeland applications with GIS, with little to no experience in GIS. An introductory presentation will get you up to speed on what kind of analyses GIS may be used for, as well as the basic structures of spatial data. After this brief lecture you will follow an interactive exercise that will introduce you to your choice of software (ArcGIS or Quantum GIS) while using free and open source online data to analyze and map rangelands in the California Central Valley.

Note that while the “agricultural focus” workshop presentation is similar to that of the "environmental science focus" and "social science focus" workshops, the interactive exercise instead focuses upon land cover classification and practical methods for evaluating agricultural suitability and/or health.

Agenda

  • Presentation
    • What is GIS?
    • Geospatial Data Considerations
    • Geoprocessing and spatial analysis with raster math
    • Data Sources
    • Using ArcGIS 10.2, 10.3 or Quantum GIS
  • Interactive
    • Accessing data in ArcGIS
    • Querying data by location and attributes
    • Using spatial analysis tools for land cover classifications
    • Using raster map algebra
    • Calculating zonal statistics
    • Creating a map for export

WEBGIS: Creating Your Own Web Maps

Description

This workshop is an introduction to webGIS. It has been designed for participants with little to no GIS or web experience, and serves as a practical exercise for you to begin developing your own web maps with google maps.

Agenda

  • Presentation
    • Brief introduction to webGIS
    • Choosing the right webGIS development application for you
    • ESRI Online
    • Google Maps API
    • Creating web maps with Google Fusion Tables
    • Creating web maps with CartoDB
  • Interactive
    • Create a basic web map with Google Maps API
    • Customize your Google Map
    • Add your field (or other) points
    • Create a basic web map with Google Fusion Tables
    • Create a basic web map with CartoDB

Intro to Global Positioning System (GPS) and Mobile Data Collection

Description

This workshop offers hands-on training using hand-held GPS receivers and smartphone technologies, and is designed for participants with little to no experience.  You will learn all about what GPS is and how it works.  Various mobile platforms and GPS apps for collecting location and field observation data will be discussed.  Participants will then see how to use free computer software to view and use the data.  You will return home knowing how to collect points and tracks using low priced GPS units and smartphones, and how to upload and conveniently share the data with others.

Agenda

  • Presentation
    • Brief introduction to GPS technology
    • GPS data and accuracy
    • Coordinate systems
    • Choosing the right GPS
    • Smartphone apps for mobile data collection
    • Displaying GPS data with GIS and Google Earth
  • Interactive
    • Orienteering and navigation
    • Strategies for data collection
    • Recording waypoints and tracks
    • Uploading data and displaying it in Google Earth

Intro to Remote Sensing: Techniques for Image Interpretation and Analysis

Description

This workshop introduces the very basic principles of understanding digital imagery, both satellite and aerial. The workshop is appropriate for participants with little to no experience in remote sensing. Through a combination of lecture and interactive activities, we will explore what makes up a multi-spectral image, where to find and download them, and how to view and manipulate them using a variety of software applications.

Agenda

  • Presentation
    • What is Remote Sensing?
    • Components and characteristics of digital imagery
    • Real world applications of Remote Sensing
    • Software options for viewing and analyzing imagery
  • Interactive
    • Finding and downloading imagery
    • Displaying and enhancing imagery in Erdas Imagine and ENVI
    • Techniques for image interpretation and analysis
    • Land cover classification and change detection
    • Quantitative evaluation of land cover

Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Environmental Science Focus

Description

This workshop has been designed for participants interested in environmental science with little to no experience in GIS. The presentation will get you up to speed on what kind of analyses GIS may be used for, as well as the basic structures of spatial data. After the lecture you will follow an interactive exercise that has been designed to introduce you to ArcGIS Desktop software while analyzing environmental data from around Lake Tahoe.

Note that the "environmental science focus" and "social science focus" workshops are nearly identical, the only difference is in the focus of the interactive exercises.

Agenda

  • Presentation
    • What is GIS?
    • Geospatial Data Considerations
    • Geoprocessing and spatial analysis
    • Data Sources
    • Using ArcGIS 10.2, 10.3 and/or Quantum GIS
  • Interactive
    • Accessing data in ArcGIS and Quantum GIS
    • Querying data by location and attributes
    • Using analysis tools
    • Creating a map for export

Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Social Science Focus

Description

This workshop has been designed for participants interested in social science with little to no experience in GIS. The presentation will get you up to speed on what kind of analyses GIS may be used for, as well as the basic structures of spatial data. After the lecture you will follow an interactive exercise that has been designed to introduce you to ArcGIS Desktop software while analyzing street and census data around the City of Berkeley.

Note that the "environmental science focus" and "social science focus" workshops are nearly identical, the only difference is in the focus of the interactive exercises.

Agenda

  • Presentation
    • What is GIS?
    • Geospatial Data Considerations
    • Geoprocessing and spatial analysis
    • Data Sources
    • Using ArcGIS 10.2, 10.3 and/or Quantum GIS
  • Interactive
    • Accessing data in ArcGIS and Quantum GIS
    • Querying data by location and attributes
    • Using analysis tools
    • Creating a map for export

Intro to Open Source GIS: Working with Quantum GIS (QGIS)

Description

This workshop has been designed to introduce GIS to participants with little to no experience. Quantum GIS (QGIS), an open source geospatial desktop application, has been developing at a rapid pace, and has recently reached version 2.4. Its ease of use and accessibility (available for PC, Mac, and Linux platforms) has created a strong and active user community. In this workshop, we will explore the basic functionality of QGIS so that you may quickly learn how to load and format vector and raster data, edit shapefiles, and query attributes.

Agenda

  • Presentation
    • What is GIS?
    • Geospatial Data Considerations
    • Geoprocessing and spatial analysis
    • Data Sources
    • Using QGIS 2.4
  • Interactive
    • Accessing data in QGIS
    • Querying data by location and attributes
    • Using analysis tools
    • Creating a map for export
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