Upcoming Workshops

Geocoding. October 29, 2015. 12:00-1:00 pm. Allbritton 204. Learn how to visualize tabular location data in maps. Many data sets include spatial information in the form of street addresses, zip codes, country names, etc. The process of geocoding converts postal addresses or place names into spatial data points for mapping or for analyzing in conjunction with other data. This hands-on workshop is open to both beginner and intermediate users of GIS.

Past Workshops

Introduction to GIS multi-day workshop. May 20 & 21, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, Allbritton 204. Free training workshop for Wesleyan faculty and staff introducing fundamental concepts and skills to begin using a geographic information system (GIS). Training includes short presentation demonstrating skills, hands-on skills time with step-by-step tutorials,  instructional materials, and refreshments/snacks. Good for beginners or for current GIS users that want to update to ArcGIS 10.2. Participants may attend all or a portion of the workshop. Topics include: finding and editing data, querying data by location and attributes, geocoding, geoprocessing, basic data analysis and visualization, exporting maps, etc. Lunch provided.

Crowd-sourced disaster relief mapping efforts in Nepal. May 1, 2015. 2:00-3:00 pm. Allbritton 204. Open to anyone in the Wesleyan community who is interested in helping out with relief efforts in Nepal after Saturday’s Magnitude 7.8 earthquake by digitizing objects from aerial photos using’s Task Manager. No GIS experience required. For more information about crisis mapping in Nepal, visit the following sites: MapGive; USGS Event page; IRIS teachable moment page; Tomnod; Open Street Maps Tasking Manager; Stanford University’s Map4Nepal Resources page.

Creating a Story Map. April 10, 2015. Allbritton 204. Story maps combine interactive online maps with other content (text, photos, video, audio) to portray a place, event, issue, or pattern within a geographic context. Story maps can use the tools of a geographic information system but don’t require creators or users to have any special knowledge of GIS. The workshop entails a short presentation followed by hands-on training. Suitable for beginners or current GIS users that want to update to webmap platforms.

Georeferencing. October 30, 2014. 1:00-2:30 pm. PAC 100. Short demonstration followed by hands-on workshop on georeferencing images (aligning data such as digitized maps to a know spatial coordinate system so the data can be viewed, queried, and analyzed with other geographic data). Designed for participants who want to use digital maps within a desktop or web-based geographic information system (GIS).

Esri Maps for Office. May 16, 2014. 2:30-3:30 pm. PAC 100. Want to use maps to illustrate or discern spatial patterns in your data but don’t want to learn an entire geographic information systems (GIS) software package? I am offering a hands-on workshop for faculty and staff on ESRI Maps for Microsoft Office. ESRI is the parent software company for the main GIS software on campus (ArcGIS) and has created an add-on for Microsoft Excel that allows users to quickly create maps from their data. Participants will create dynamic color-coded, point, clustered point, and heat maps in Excel, add external demographic data to the maps, and share the maps through ArcGIS Online or PowerPoint. Link to data.

Creating Your Own WebMaps. November 12, 2013. 2:40-4:00 pm, Exley Science Center Room 74. Short demonstration followed by hands-on workshop. Designed for participants with little to no GIS or web experience who want to create web maps using ArcGIS Online or Google Fusion Tables.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. October 29, 2013. 12:00-2:00 pm, PAC 100. Short presentation followed by hands-on workshop introducing fundamental concepts and skills to begin using a GIS. Good for beginner or for current GIS users that want to update to ArcGIS 10.2. Topics include: what kind of analyses GIS can be used for, getting data into a GIS, querying data by location and attributes, simple data analysis and visualization, creating a map for export.

Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative – Philip Stern Workshop. May 13, 2013. 3:30 pm. Allbritton 311. The focus was on how tools like GIS (Geographic Information Systems) among others can help us to analyze and visualize complex data, whether derived from texts or physical spaces. Presenters: Phil Stern (Assistant Professor of History at Duke University, and a graduate of the Wesleyan class of 1997) and Kim Diver (Visiting Assistant Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University).