Source: Hubbard County, MN

Source: Hubbard County, MN

Short-term, affordable, evening workshops taught by skilled and friendly geospatial experts.

Geospatial literacy and related skills are fast becoming indispensable tools for analysts, engineers, data scientists, and managers. Our workshops are suitable for students who are just starting their geospatial education all the way up to experienced open source developers. The workshops range in focus from Esri's ArcGIS platform to cartography and storytelling with maps to powerful open-source tools.

Have you heard about this thing called "GIS" and wondered what it is, exactly...........
...............or do you have experience with GIS and want to broaden your skills to include Python, web mapping, professional map design tips, or using the statistical package R?

If any of these questions apply to you, we encourage you to register for our workshops!

We are a friendlysupportive and knowledgeable group of GIS practitioners (some may say "geeks"...and we're OK with that) whose mission is to de-mystify GIS technology by offering low-cost, targeted, hands-on workshops at conveniently-located classrooms in San Francisco.

GIS is short for Geographic Information Systems. In simple terms, it is data converted to a map which aids in decision making.


You will discover that GIS is a system and approach for studying the world around us. Businesses, communities, and organizations often have piles of data with spatial (location) capabilities unexplored or used. We want to train the workforce to take advantage of this neglected data and show that GIS can be an asset.

GIS typically tends to be a tool or a skill most of us use to augment our existing career. The GIS Education Center recognizes that not everyone wants to be a GIS geek, so we strive to develop workshops where all students of all backgrounds can succeed at using the technology.