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Introduction to GIS Tools _ Methods


									              Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
                           GIS Short Course Series
                                 Fall 2005
Spatial analysis of data is becoming an important and powerful tool in social
science research. For years, GIS has been an important tool for researchers in
geography and city and regional planning, but it is rapidly gaining importance in
sociology, economics, history, public health, and related fields.
Because of GIS’s growing importance to researchers, the Odum Institute is
offering a new GIS Short Course Series. Several courses in the series are designed
to give new GIS users an overview of tools and methods and introduce them to
basic concepts. More advanced short courses introduce users to topics in spatial
analysis, GIS data sources and data collection, and case studies of using GIS in
social science research.
In addition to its short course series, the institute maintains a lab equipped with
advanced hardware and software configured specifically for GIS applications and
data files. The institute also offers limited GIS consultation.
Introduction to GIS Tools & Methods
September 8, 3:00-4:30 pm, Room 14 Manning Hall
Jon Crabtree
The Odum Institute
Designed to introduce the GIS Short Course Series and GIS tools available at the
Odum Institute, this short course covers a wide range of topics such as mapping,
image analysis software, and spatial statistics software. The course addresses
advantages and limitations of using GIS and spatial analysis in research. Other
topics include GIS file types and organization, ArcGIS Extensions, ESRI product
family, and quantitative displays. The course is designed to spur interest in GIS
techniques and prepare users for the next course in the series
Introduction to ArcGIS 9.1 .
September 19 & 22, 10:00–12:00 pm, Room 01 Manning Hall
Michelle Wang
UNC Engineering Information Service (EIS)
ArcGIS I is an introductory hands-on course that builds the foundation for
ArcGIS Desktop users. The course covers ArcCatalog, ArcMap and ArcToolBox,
with a concentration on ArcMap. Users learn fundamental GIS concepts as well
as how to query a GIS database, manipulate attribute tables, edit spatial data and
create professional maps. Day two of the course covers ArcMap Book and is
designed for users who want to increase their productivity by using a cool ArcGIS
tool: Map Book. The course covers why and where to use this wonderful tool and
a detailed demo to show how to use it. Class participants will learn to create grids,
edit page layouts, run map series and ultimately produce a beautiful map book of
hundred pages.
Finding Data for GIS Projects
September 27, 4:00-5:00 pm, Room 14 Manning Hall
Amanda Henley
UNC Davis Library
This short course introduces the Davis Library spatial data collection and online
sources of GIS data. After completing the workshop, students will be able to use
the GIS Data Finder to search the spatial data collection at UNC; find and
download spatial data from the Internet; and use data available online by
connecting to online mapping services through ArcMap/ArcCatalog
Advanced ArcGIS Techniques
September 29, 3:00-5:00 pm, Room 01 Manning Hall
Rakesh Malhotra
EarthData Inc.
This short course offers a hands on learning opportunity for experienced ArcGIS
users. Participants will create and explore Geodatabases and how they can be
applied in GIS research projects and examine and employ ArcGIS Topologies
within these GIS databases.
Topics covered include: Using a geodatabase, designing a geodatabase,
populating a geodatabase; rules for subtypes, domains and topology; creating
topologies, cluster tolerance; topology rules, validating a topology, and a brief
Introduction to programming in ArcGIS (VBA, ArcObjects)
Introduction to GPS Data Collection for GIS
October 6, 3:00-5:00 pm, Room 14 Manning Hall
Philip Page and John Spencer
Carolina Population Center
This lecture-format class introduces principles and mechanics of collecting
spatial data using the U.S. Global Positioning System. Topics covered include
GPS operation, receiver types, fieldwork planning, data accuracy, and data
transfer to a GIS.
Applied GIS Programming
October 13, 3:00-4:00 pm, Room 14 Manning Hall
Jun Liang
UNC Department of Geography
GIS has been widely used by many disciplines. This short course provides
examples of how GIS can be used in academic research, business and service
planning, and everyday life. Major approaches of integrating spatial models with
GIS will also be discussed.
GIS and the Mapping of Social Development
October 31, 10:00-12:00 pm, Room 14 Manning Hall
Flavio Rojas
UNC School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
This course offers a case study of the application of GIS and spatial statistics to
research on "Indigenous Peoples in Chile: Mapuches.” The workshop shows how
GIS and mapping can be used as practical tools to visualize the poor, where they
live, and strategies to improve targeting and outreach through social programs.
Spatial Statistics with GeoDA
November 10, 3:00-5:00 pm, Room 01 Manning Hall
Lisa Bates
The Odum Institute
This hands-on course introduces concepts of exploratory spatial data analysis,
including spatial autocorrelation statistics, and introduces basic spatial
regression using Geoda. Geoda is a user-friendly program for creating data maps,
plots, and spatial weights matrices, generating spatial clustering statistics, and
performing regressions that correct for spatial autocorrelation. Basic GIS skills
are recommended as a prerequisite.

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