Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Introduction to GIS workshop June 30th

Press release -- could be of interest to history researchers

Mapping Ohio Communities: An Introduction to GIS and Community Demographics Workshop - One Day Workshop

This fast paced, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (ArcGIS 9.1) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants learn to make thematic maps of their community, geocode addresses and perform spatial queries and analysis. Participants also learn to extract and map Census variables such as race, poverty, language, education, health and many other demographic variables. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required. Each students is assigned a computer on which to work for the day.

When: Columbus: June 27th and 28th, 2006 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) (Note: These are one day workshops. Please choose which date is most convenient for you.)
Cincinnati: June 29th, 2006 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)
Cleveland: June 30th, 2006 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Fee: $399 Checks, Credit Cards and Purchase Orders Accepted

To register online, view workshop locations, or for more info visit http://www.urban-research.info or telephone us 877.241.6576.

Workshop Materials

Materials include a comprehensive workbook (75 pages), which includes the presentation, exercises and reference worksheets, ArcGIS (ArcView 9.1) software 60-day trial CD set, a subscription to the Planners' ToolBox subscription service which provides access to new 2005 Tiger/Line geography files (already converted to shapefiles) such as streets, zip codes, school districts, voting districts, census tracts and many other useful geographies. The subscription also includes Analyzing Your Community Workshop: Using the Census to Better Analyze Changing Places and People online web workshop.

Workshop Agenda

Lesson 1
Learn the basic functions of ArcGIS 9.1
Adding data and geography layers
Working with Layouts

Lesson 2
Introduction to Census Bureau's American Factfinder
Downloading Census and American Community Survey data to map
Downloading free geography files including tracts, zip codes, blocks and several others
Preparing Census tract data in Excel to import into ArcGIS

Lesson 3
Creating thematic (color shaded) maps to display data
Joining data with geography files
Working with legends and interval breaks

Lesson 4
Address mapping (geocoding)
Downloading business addresses

Lesson 5
Performing location queries
Performing attribute queries
Creating target area shapefiles

Lesson 6
Elements of good maps including colors, fonts and map must haves
Critique of several maps

Praise for the Ohio Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis Workshop

Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland: "Excellent workshop and presenter."

Cuyahoga Community College: "This workshop was a useful introduction to ArcGIS. The instructor was knowledgable and informative and maintained a good pace."

Case Western Reserve University: "What I liked most was the "hands-on" exercises and solving "real life" problems that arise!"

New Urban Research, Inc. is a national social research organization specializing in quantitative and spatial community analysis.
New Urban Research, Inc. 3323 NE 33rd Ave Portland, OR 97212 877.241.6576 http://www.urban-research.info.


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