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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 Email: Jonathan_Crabtree@unc.edu 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) Email: Xiaojuan.Wang@facilities.unc.edu 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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Email: email@example.com 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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Email: email@example.com 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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Email: email@example.com 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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