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    » 1 year ArcGIS license (for most workshops).
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Spring 2019 Workshops

GIS Quick Start (Jan/Feb 2019)+

This introductory workshop - our most popular! - is designed for students with no/few GIS skills, and who are interested in understanding basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and gaining skills to work with GIS on their own. Mr. Moumié Maoulidi, Ph.D. will demonstrate the fundamentals of creating maps, editing data, and performing geospatial analysis.

Students will gain confidence in these fundamentals through various exercises and assignments. Using Esri's ArcGIS Desktop 10.6, students will be exposed to the most powerful and industry-standard desktop GIS software package. This workshop is repeated in March, 2019.

  • Early Registration: $300
  • Full/Late Registration: $330
  • BayGeo Member: $264
  • Five dates: Jan. 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Click here for details and to register

Python Part 1: (The Basics) +

Would you like to learn how to write powerful code using a simple-to-learn language? Python is used throughout the geospatial industry. The instructor will teach basic syntax and functions of Python, including decision making (conditional statements) and iteration (loops) to automate routines that would take hours, days, or even months if performed manually. Taught by Silas Toms, author of ArcPy and ArcGIS, now in its second edition.

  • Early Registration: $240
  • Full/Late Registration: $264
  • BayGeo Member: $211.20
  • Four dates: February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Click here for details and registration

Effective Communication using GIS, Design, and Stories +

Ever tried to give an elevator pitch but failed because it was overly complex? When used properly, maps and other visualizations can enhance a story by providing your audience with actionable information that is meaningful and easy to interpret. Most communication can be boiled down to effectively conveying three elements: what is the problem, what is your solution, and what are the specific benefits of your proposed solution. The instructor will give you tools, tips, and techniques to accomplish these objectives using GIS, graphic design and web-based tools.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: Tuesday Jan. 29 | Monday Feb. 4 | Tuesday Feb. 12
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Click here for details and registration

Python Part 2: (Intermediate)+

This course will introduce Python 3 data science tools used by geospatial analysts and data scientists alike, including Jupyter Notebooks, Numpy, and Pandas. Covering vector and raster analysis, this workshop will include virtual environments, browser-based analysis, and data visualization. Taught by Silas Toms, author of Mastering Geospatial Analysis with Python. Taught by Silas Toms, author of ArcPy and ArcGIS, now in its second edition.

  • Early Registration: $240
  • Full/Late Registration: $264
  • BayGeo Member: $211.20
  • Four dates: March 13, 20 (skip Mar. 27), April 3, 10
  • Time 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Click here for details and registration

GIS Quick Start (Mar/Apr 2019)+

This introductory workshop - our most popular! - is designed for students with no/few GIS skills, and who are interested in understanding basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and gaining skills to work with GIS on their own. Mr. Moumié Maoulidi, Ph.D. will demonstrate the fundamentals of creating maps, editing data, and performing geospatial analysis.

Students will gain confidence in these fundamentals through various exercises and assignments. Using Esri's ArcGIS Desktop 10.6, students will be exposed to the most powerful and industry-standard desktop GIS software package. This workshop is repeated in January, 2019.

  • Early Registration: $300
  • Full/Late Registration: $330
  • BayGeo Member: $264
  • Five dates: Mar. 7, 14, 21 (skip Mar. 28); April 4, 11
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Click here for details and to register

Publishing web maps and processing spatial data with modern JavaScript+

A three-part, hands-on workshop (3 hrs per session) on publishing web maps and geospatial processing using modern JavaScript approaches and tools. Instructor Rob Gaston - a real Javascript whiz - will show students how to acquire, create, and process geospatial data and then publish those data as interactive maps using open-source JavaScript tools and web-based services.Topics include:

  • Mapbox GL JS
  • Mapbox services
  • GeoJSON
  • TurfJS
  • Deploying web maps with GitHub

Students will walk away from the class having published a custom map to the web similar to this one: http://www.rgaston.com/map_demo/

Students are encouraged to have some basic JavaScript or programming knowledge. Students can bring any kind of modern laptop with Windows or MacOS. No special software is needed prior; we will install all the dependencies that students need in the course of the workshop.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • BayGeo Member: $158.40
  • Three dates: February 25, March 4, March 11
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Click here for details and registration

Using ArcCollector and ArcGIS Online to mobilize your workforce +

This workshop will provide an introduction to ArcGIS Online and ArcCollector. By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Collect data with ArcCollector
  • Build a map using ArcGIS Online
  • Geocode locations using address data and display the results in ArcGIS Online
  • Conduct routefinding analysis in ArcGIS Online
  • Create heat maps
  • Build a web based Story Map to share your data and analysis

You will be provided with a trial ArcGIS Online (AGOL) account by BayGeo. On the first day, you will be introduced to AGOL and Esri's ArcGIS Collector. The workshop will be structured around mapping and analyzing the Zombie Apocalypse. Bring your sense of humor! During the following week, you will go out and collect 'zombie sightings' with Collector, then in the second workshop you will analyize the data, geocode 'safehouses' (libraries) and use routefinding in AGOL to map out routes for resistance fighters to get to safehouses. You will then be shown how to publish your map online using Esri's Story Maps platform.

  • Early Registration: $120
  • Full/Late Registration: $132
  • BayGeo Member: $105.60
  • Two dates: May 7 and May 14
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Click here for details and registration

Develop Web Maps and Geographic Visualizations with JavaScript +

Have you ever seen a beautiful interactive map visualization online and wondered how the heck they did that? Sometimes the world of interactive maps and data visualization can be overwhelming: which tools should I use? What language should I learn? Is my data going to work? This workshop aims to give you the foundation to start developing your own interactive maps and geospatial visualizations for the web by focusing on a few popular and open source tools that you can master and build on as you go. With a few foundational skills and a bit of knowledge, friendly and energetic Dan Swick will show how you can build your own beautiful maps and visualizations for the web. We’ll cover:

  • processing and working with spatial data on the web
  • working with several popular JavaScript libraries to build visualizations
  • publishing your creation for others to see

This workshop assumes some working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. If you’re new to those languages but are still interested, we can send you some materials to get started ahead of time.

  • Early Registration: $240
  • Full/Late Registration: $264
  • Four dates: April 17, 24; May 1, 8
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Click here for details and registration

Spatial Data Analysis with R +

This workshop will focus on R, a free and open source statistical package used by an increasing number of geospatial practitioners. R is supported by a large community of users and has a large number of libraries for spatial analysis. This workshop will cover the basics of working with spatial data in R, including importing and exporting spatial data, projections, geoprocessing, spatial and attribute queries, raster operations, working with online data, and select spatial analyses.

By the end of the workshop, students will be able to import vector and raster data into R, do basic data manipulations including projections and format conversions, query spatial objects using attribute values and spatial relationships, perform common geoprocessing tasks, automate workflows with R code, work with online data and services, prepare data for analyses, and perform basic spatial statistics.

Emphasis will be placed on learning how to complete tasks you've never done before, and automating data processing workflows. Some prior experience with GIS is expected. Students who have not used R before are welcome to take the workshop, but are expected to complete the Introduction to R online course from DataCamp (free) prior to the first session: https://www.datacamp.com/courses/free-introduction-to-r

All sessions will be held at City College. Attendance at the first session is required; subsequent sessions will be streamed for those who need to join remotely.

  • Early Registration: $250
  • Full/Late Registration: $275
  • BayGeo Member: $220
  • Five dates: April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
  • Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Click here for details and registration

Workshops Under Development

Resume-Building ArcGIS Skills+

A great follow-up to our popular "GIS Quick Start" workshop! In GIS, vector and raster are two different ways of representing spatial data. In this workshop, the instructor Devan Morris will show you how to work with both vector and raster data in a series of exercises that cover resume-building skills such as address geocoding, geoprocessing and Model Builder, and georeferencing images.

  • Early Registration: $240
  • Full/Late Registration: $264
  • Four dates: TBD
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Straw Into Gold: Making the Most of QGIS and other Cost-free GIS Resources +

This workshop, taught by deeply experienced instructor Brian Quinn, provides an introduction to some tools that can transition you from a consumer of mapping products toward a producer of maps and analyses based on them.

Assumed will be that you know something about working with maps on computers, geospatial data, and a geographic information system (GIS) even if it is proprietary, and that you bring experience that will contribute something meaningful to the workshop.

You want to learn how to work with and analyze mapped data yourself, and not justwatch as others work through the challenges and present their results? Have a particular problem that you’d like to solve with mapping technology? In three three-hour sessions we won’t get too advanced, but we will share some methods and get people started on solving their mapping problem in this workshop.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • Three dates: TBD
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Introduction to QGIS +

QGIS is a free and open source Geographic Information System that lets you create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac or Linux. Some prior experience with GIS software is helpful, but not required. The instructor will guide you through the basics of this evolving QGIS platform.

  • Early Registration: $120
  • Full/Late Registration: $132
  • Two dates (to be determined)
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro +

ArcGIS Pro is the future of ArcGIS software and will replace ArcGIS 10.x Desktop within the next few years. Pro is "the premier professional desktop GIS application from Esri. With ArcGIS Pro, you can visualize, edit, and analyze your geographic data in both 2D and 3D. After you create projects, maps, layers, tools, and more, ArcGIS Pro has several options for sharing your work with others." (Esri) The instructor will get you up to speed fast.

  • Early Registration: $120
  • Full/Late Registration: $132
  • Two dates (to be determined)
  • Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Map Design +

What are the tools, techniques and time-honored practices for producing professional-looking maps? The instructor will show you the steps using a variety of tools, including MapBox, along with an innovative mix of hands-on class exercises. Students will also learn techniques for critiquing existing maps, plus they will be guided in the preparation and presentation of an independent mapping project.

  • Early Registration: $180
  • Full/Late Registration: $198
  • Three dates: (to be detedmined)
  • Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Open Source Geostack +

Learn the basics of managing, serving, and visualizing geospatial data using free and open-source web technologies. This workshop will provide hands-on exercises in working with geospatial data on the web, including (1) loading and querying spatial data in PostgreSQL, an open-source DBMS with support for geospatial data management and spatial processing; (2) setting up and configuring Geoserver to serve up geospatial data for use on the web; (3) creating a simple web page using Leaflet to visualize geospatial data served by Geoserver.

  • Early Registration: $240
  • Full/Late Registration: $264
  • Four dates: (to be determined)
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

GPU-Accelerated Visualization with MapD+

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use the open source OmniSci Core SQL engine and Immerse visual analytics platform. You’ll get to experience firsthand the power of the GPU in scaling geospatial analysis, including rendering fully interactive geospatial charts and plots. You will also learn how to write SQL queries for geospatial data. Participants will be given access to an OmniSci instance, and hands-on instruction in the following:

  • How to install and setup the OmniSci platform in the cloud, or on premise.
  • How to import geospatial datasets of various formats.
  • Overview of using SQL with GIS data.
  • Conducting point-in-polygon analysis.
  • Analyzing spatial proximity.
  • How to create dashboards with geospatial charts in Immerse.
  • How to create multi-layer maps, combining data from multiple sources.
  • How to update dashboards and share them.
  • Bonus: From SQL query to visualization using VEGA and Javascript.

Languages: Python, SQL, JavaScript

Tools: OmniSci, Python Libraries (PyMapD and Pandas), Jupyter Notebook, VEGA

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Instructor: Veda Shankar is a Senior Developer Advocate at OmniSci working actively to assist the user community to take advantage of OmniSci’s open source analytics platform. He is a customer oriented IT specialist with a unique combination of experience in product development, marketing and sales engineering. Prior to OmniSci, Veda worked on various open source software defined data center products at Red Hat.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mike Flaxman, Founder of Geodesign Technologies. Dr. Flaxman's primary research interest is in participatory tools for spatial simulation modeling as applied to the planning and design of cities and regions. He has served on the faculties of MIT, Harvard and the University of Oregon. Dr. Flaxman has practiced GIS-based planning in 17 countries, including one year as a Fulbright fellow in Canada. Dr. Flaxman previously served as industry manager for Architecture, Engineering and Construction at ESRI, the world’s largest developer of GIS technology. Dr. Flaxman received his doctorate in design from Harvard University in 2001 and holds a master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s in biology from Reed College.

  • Registration: $60
  • Date: TBD
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.