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Digital Scholarship Showcase - Mapping Made Easy - GIS Mapping Tools

Digital Scholarship Showcase - Mapping Made Easy - GIS Mapping Tools

In this workshop, participants will learn how to create simple maps using three web-based mapping tools: Social Explorer, Tableau, and ArcGIS Online. The session will begin with a brief introduction to important mapping terminology including GIS and geospatial data. The remainder of the session will focus on the three mapping tools listed above starting with an overview of key features and culminating with a live demonstration of how to make maps with each tool.

  • Social Explorer is a web-based tool for accessing and visualizing data on a range of topics with over five-hundred thousand data indicators related to demographics, economy, health, education, politics, crime, environment, etc. at many geographic levels including national, state, county, ZIP, neighborhood, etc.

  • Tableau is an interactive, highly accessible data visualization tool for analyzing raw data. It works with a number of geospatial file types including shapefiles, KML files, and GeoJSON files. It also offers a range of map options including symbol maps, choropleth and isopleth maps, point distribution maps, flow maps, and many more.  

  • ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping and analysis tool. It supports a wide range of geospatial files and map types including three dimensional maps. It is primarily used for building maps, analyzing data, sharing content, and collaborating with others.  More advanced options include 3D web scenes, web apps, and setting up notebooks for creating, sharing, and running data science scripts.

No previous experience required. All are welcome. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 11, 2024
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Harrison Room (316)
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