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GIS Workshops

 General Info

Through the Savvy Researcher Workshops series, the Scholarly Commons offers multiple GIS workshops for researchers who have little to no GIS experience and for those with more advanced experience. For the novice, starting with the GIS for Research series is a great place to start.

Savvy Researcher GIS Workshops Registration

All workshops are taught in Main Library Room 314 unless otherwise noted.

Visit the GIS Library Guide for more information.

 GIS in the Classroom

Need to teach your students how to use GIS, but aren’t sure where to start? Let the Scholarly Commons help!

The Scholarly Commons GIS workshops can also be requested for classes to enhance your curriculum or as training for your research group. We have also worked with a variety of academic units to help create customized GIS projects and lectures to fit specific curricular needs.

See the Savvy Researcher Instruction Request form to learn more.

A popular option is to include ArcGIS Story Maps in lieu of a final paper. Watch this video to learn more.

 GIS for Research Series

Looking to enrich your research with GIS or need to refresh you GIS software skills? Kick start (or restart) your understanding of essential GIS concepts through the GIS for Research workshop series. The series is designed to quickly take researchers from GIS novice to GIS ninja…well, almost.

GIS for Research Series is offered every fall semester. Please contact Scholarly Commons GIS Specialist, Wenjie Wang, for more information.


GIS for Research I: Introduction to GIS Concepts, Software, and Data
GIS for Research II: GIS Research, Visualization and Geoprocessing


Past Workshops

GIS for Research III: Geoprocessing, Analysis, and Web GIS


Each workshop is two hours and offered twice a semester. With an emphasis on spatial thinking, understanding geospatial data, and best practices for data organization, students will learn how to efficiently start using GIS and avoid common pitfalls.

The workshops cover essential cartographic concepts and common geoprocessing analyses.  All the workshops include hands-on exercises using ArcGIS software. Each workshop builds off the previous workshop, but are designed to also be standalone if participants have some experience with ArcGIS.

Special Topics

In addition to the core GIS for Research workshops, the Scholarly Commons also offers GIS special topic workshops for a variety of experience levels and GIS topics. These workshops are offered periodically, though not every semester.

Spring 2021 Workshops

ArcGIS Online: GIS for Everyone
Sharing Research with Story Maps


Past Workshops

Collecting Geospatial Data
Introduction to Python for ArcGIS
Advanced Python for ArcGIS