Michigan State University

Fall 2021 GIS Workshops

Amanda Tickner

Welcome to the MSU Library Fall 2021 Workshop offerings. All workshops will be held in person and online in a hybrid format. In person will be in the Digital Scholarship Lab computer classroom on the second floor of the west wing of the main library (with the exception of the GIS Discussion Meet Up on Nov. 5th which will be held in the Map Library). To attend online, please register and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

Learn QGIS: Making a color shaded map in QGIS 
Wednesday September 22nd 
4-5 PM 

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 representing data on it, load shape-files and .csv table files into QGIS, join data to spatial information and edit features. 

Register here.  

Introduction to ESRI StoryMaps and StoryMaps JS  
Wednesday October 13th 
4-5:30 PM

Both ESRI and Knight Labs 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. They are great for classroom projects. In this workshop, we will compare the ESRI and JS versions of StoryMap and learn how to use Story Maps incorporating a variety of media types and formats. 

This workshop will be held in person and virtually. To attend in person, please come to the Digital Scholarship Lab in the Main Library on the second floor of the west wing. 

Register here.

GIS Research and Teaching Meet Up  
Friday November 5th 
2-3:30 PM 

In person in the Map Library, second floor of the east wing of the main library. 

Come visit with other MSU community members who are using GIS in their teaching and research! We will be discussing any issues, projects and topics that community members want to bring to the meet up. Questions about new GIS products, GIS method questions, strategies for teaching GIS are all possible topics of conversation. The goal of this event is to break through the usual disciplinary and departmental boundaries to have a conversation about GIS at MSU. 

Register here.

3D Printing Terrain Elevation Maps (GIS Day Workshop) 
Wednesday November 17th GIS Day 
4-5:00 PM 

Celebrate GIS Day by learning to produce a 3D model of terrain elevation for printing on a 3D printer. We will learn about digital elevation models, where to find DEM data to create our printable export, and then use the QGIS plug-in DEMto3D to create a model. We will then edit and verify the model is ready for printing in Meshmixer.  

Register here.

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