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Geographic Information Systems at Yale: GIS Workshop Archive

Geographic Information Systems at Yale University encompasses a range of spatial applications and services. GIS is used by many disciplines at Yale University.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and ArcGIS for Spatial Analysis

This introductory session will focus upon the fundamental concepts and skills needed to begin using Geographic Information Systems software for the exploration and analysis of spatial data in ArcGIS. Topics will include: What is GIS? Spatial Data Models and Formats; Projections and Coordinate Systems; Basic Data Management; The ArcMap User Interface; and Simple Analysis using Visualization.

Intermediate GIS Skills Using ESRI’s ArcGIS Software

This workshop builds upon the skills obtained in the Introduction to GIS Mapping and ESRI's ArcGIS Software workshop. Attendees will be introduced to the concept of Geoprocessing using ArcToolbox. Topics will include: Use of Relates & Relationship Classes, Geoprocessing of geographic data, Geocoding of street addresses, Use and Creation of Raster Data, Overlay Analysis, and Advanced Manipulation of Tabular Data. Part of the Yale University Library Map Collection GIS Workshop Series

Advanced Skills with GIS Data and ArcGIS

This workshop will introduce GIS Users to the integration of basic creation and editing of data into GIS Workflows and Cartographic Layout. Attendees will work through an entire project workflow from creation of Geodatabase to final cartographic product. Topics will include: File Geodatabases and their Creation and Management; Georeferencing, Mosaicing and Management of raster imagery, Direct Editing of GIS Data and Creation of Effective Map Layouts suitable for publication. Part of the Yale University Library Map Collection GIS Workshop Series.

GPS & GIS: Getting Data Out of the Field and Into GIS

This workshop is largely discussion and demonstration, given to limitations imposed by the use of GPS equipment.  Participants will be given a brief overview of the Global Positioning System and how it functions.  Weather permitting, participants will venture out to collect GPS data, then return to the classroom to see a demonstration of how that data is transfered from the GPS equipment to ArcGIS, using the free GPS data management software, DNR Garmin.  Topics will include: The GPS System; Planning a GPS Survey; Collecting Different types of GPS Data in the Field; Transferring GPS Data to ArcGIS; Improving Accuracy using Occupation/Averaging; Hotlinking of Digital Photos using Tracklogs; Use of Post-Consumer Grade GPS.

Web Mapping

This workshop will provide a high level overview of web-based GIS resources, from (which allows you to assemble, visualize and export spatial datasets) to creating a simple web-map using your own data. This workshop assumes completion of the preceding Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and ArcGIS for Spatial Analysis workshop, or a basic familiarity with the ArcMap/ArcGIS interface.

Classic Cartographic Techniques in ArcGIS

One of the drawbacks of the computer revolution in mapping is the decline in attention to cartography as a graphic art. Working in the Yale Map Collection exposes one to the most beautiful cartography ever produced. This workshop is intended to provide the participant with an appreciation of the graphic and cartographic techniques used in classic cartography and the tools to reproduce some of these elements in their own cartographic work. Topics will include: Coastal & Lacustrine Vignettes, Depiction of Topography, Use of Color in Thematic Mapping, Decorative Typography and Creating Custom Cartographic Elements.

Raster! The 'Other' GIS Data

The Raster Data Model provides an effective means of characterizing spatially continuous phenomena, such as elevation, temperature, precipitation and other environmental and climatic characteristics. This workshop provides a targeted introduction to the tools available in ArcGIS for creating, managing and analyzing data in raster form. Topics will include: Types of Raster Data; Properties of Raster Data; Symbolization & Display of Raster Data; Imagery Analysis in ArcGIS; The Spatial Analyst Toolset; Extracting Data from Raster to Vector; Map Algebra; and Image Classification in ArcGIS.