Michigan State University

Spring 2019 MSU Library GIS Workshops

Amanda Tickner

MSU Libraries is offering several workshops in spring on GIS and map related topics. All workshops are free and open to the public. The workshops will be held in the Main Library.

If you have questions, please contact Amanda Tickner, atickner@msu.edu

Registration information can be found here.

Introduction to QGIS 3: Make a Simple Map with Vector Data

Friday, January 18 • 4:00–5:00 pm

Digital Scholarship Lab 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.


GIS Club

Wednesday, January 23rd • 6:00–8:00 pm

Digital Scholarship Lab, Rm J, 2 West

GIS Club is an informal, cross-disciplinary monthly gathering of people interested in all things GIS. People of any skill level are welcome. Come share knowledge, ask questions, and learn new GIS skills and software.

Introduction to StoryMaps

Friday, January 25 • 4:00–5:00 pm

Digital Scholarship Lab 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.

Georeferencing in QGIS 3

Friday, February 8th • 4:00–5:00 pm

Digital Scholarship Lab, 2 West

Georeferencing is the process of giving data with no spatial reference (such as jpegs of historic maps) a spatial reference so that they can be layered, compared, and have data extracted from them in a GIS system or web map. Participants will learn how to georeference objects such as a historic map or aerial photo and create traced data from it for basic analysis and presentation using QGIS 3.


Compass Navigation

Friday, April 19 • 3:30–5:00 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.

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