GIS Day 2020

Join us on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the University of Chicago in a virtual celebration of GIS Day.WORKSHOP: Introduction to ArcPy and ArcGIS API @9am - 10:30am via Zoom

By Parmanand Sinha, Ph.D. (Computational Scientist, Research Computing Center)

  • Attendees will learn automation of basic geoprocessing, and introductory level webgis scripting with Python.
  • This is a hands-on style workshop with exercises designed to teach basic geoprocessing operations used in spatial data science and visualization.  

TALK: Mapping Data Big and Small: Interactive Tech and Techniques for Exploring and Representing Complexity @12pm - 1pm via Zoom

By Dylan Halpern, MCP (Principal Software Engineer, Center for Spatial Data Science & Former Data Visualization Specialist, MIT Senseable City Lab)

New interactive libraries afford larger scales of data and levels of complexity, and advances in availability and accuracy of sensing provide new insights on human activity, built, and natural environments. How and when are these tools and data best applied? How do increasingly powerful client-side computers -- in your pocket or on your desk -- change what web maps can do? This talk showcases recent interactive geospatial work from Dylan and introduces powerful tools and tips for using web technologies to explore and describe the world around us. Projects discussed include:

  • Mapping changes in soundscapes in parks around the world before and during COVID-19
  • Understanding mobility and commercial impacts of COVID-19 in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Quantifying the diversity of urban forests in eight global city centers and outlying areas
  • Tools discussed: and, Mapbox/Leaflet, Cell Phone Mobility Data (Safegraph, Cuebiq, Mapbox)

WORKSHOP: Navigating QGIS @1:30pm - 3:00pm, Register via Zoom

By Cecilia Smith, Ph.D (GIS and Maps Librarian, U of Chicago Libraries)

  • This workshop will introduce you to digital mapping in QGIS, a free and open source geographic information system (GIS) software. The session will cover software navigation, spatial data manipulation, and creating your first map. The session will be co-taught by Cecilia Smith, GIS & Maps Librarian, and Bibind Vasu, Hanna Holborn Gray Graduate Student Fellow for GIS Instruction.
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