This seven-hour workshop introduces participants to using a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze data and create maps. Through a combination of presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn basic GIS concepts and the fundamentals of spatial analysis. If you are brand new to GIS, Mapping 101 is a better workshop to get started.
We teach GIS 101 with three different software options. Review the three options below to determine which one will meet your needs.
Esri ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) - ArcGIS Desktop is the most widely used desktop GIS software at the University. All students, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota are able to install this software on your personal computer for free. If you are going to be working with colleagues already using ArcGIS Desktop, this is a good choice for you.
Esri ArcGIS Pro - This is the latest desktop GIS software. It uses a ribbon toolbar similar to Microsoft Office products. All students, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota are able to install this software on your personal computer for free. If you are new to GIS, this workshop is a good choice for you.
QGIS - QGIS is an open source application that will be free for you to use after leaving the University. QGIS is available for Windows, Mac and Linux based computers.
If you are having trouble registering for a workshop, please contact the U-Spatial Help Desk.