Michigan State University

Spring 2018 Workshops

Amanda Tickner

We are offering five workshops this spring semester.They are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.

If you have any questions about the workshops or topics you would be interested in seeing a workshop on please email Amanda Tickner, GIS Librarian at atickner@msu.edu


Introduction to QGIS: Make a Simple Map with Vector Data

Friday, January 19 • 3:00–4:00 pm

Beaumont West Instruction Room, 2 West

Learn the basics of QGIS, the free open source geospatial software—this workshop will demonstrate how to make a choropleth (color shaded) map and place graduated symbols on it, load shapefiles and .csv table files into QGIS, join data to spatial information and edit features. Register here.


3D Terrain Modeling for 3D Printing

Friday, February 9 • 4:00–5:00 pm

Digital Scholarship Lab, 2 West

This workshop will teach two methods of creating 3D printable models of terrain, one using a simple web application and the other using ArcScene and a Digital Elevation Model. If you have a DEM you want to print, please bring the file, otherwise we will provide one. Register here.


Learn how to use Story Maps

Friday, February 16 • 3:00–4:00 pm

Beaumont West Instruction Room, 2 West

ESRI Story Maps combine narrative text, images and other content with maps allowing for the creation of spatially based narratives for the web. Story Maps are an easy to use powerful tool for presentation of all kinds of information to a public audience. In this workshop, we will learn how to use Story Maps with a variety of media types and formats. Register here.

Introduction to LiDAR

Friday, March 16 • 3:00–4:30 pm

Digital Scholarship Lab, 2 West

LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to distances, usually to the surface of the Earth. This method then generates a digital elevation model. In this workshop, we will explore a LIDAR dataset, conduct basic processing of the LiDAR data, and use a generated DEM to construct a basic watershed model. Register here.

Compass Navigation

Friday, April 13 • 3:00–4:30 pm

REAL Classroom, 3 West

No Cell signal!? GPS quit working!? Have no fear, it is still possible to find your way. We will teach you how to read the signs and symbols of a topographic map and how to associate the two dimensional map with the three dimensions of the land around us. We’ll also talk about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination) and how to take a bearing with a compass. This workshop will include some outdoor walking so, please dress comfortably. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own compass. Register here.

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