GIS for Beginners
Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)
The study of cultural and social phenomena as for example migration urbanization, land use, resource management, historical landscapes, and many more, all bring to light the importance of space and spatial analysis, that is, an analysis where results are dependent on the locations of the objects being analyzed.
The workshop will provide an introduction to those interested in spatial analysis and curious about how to go about learning and using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). I will provide a basic overview of the primary components of a GIS, a brief glimpse at some typical GIS operations, address questions of GIS data types and formats and how spatial data might be collected and brought into a GIS system. We will take a look at some of the available tools their pros and cons, and how one might go about getting started with a GIS project.