The GIS Education Center: Fall 2017 Workshops

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  • 20% discount on the early registration rate for BayGeo members!
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  • Workshop students receive:
         » 1 year ArcGIS license (for most workshops).
         » Lots of hands-on lab time and individual support from instructors.
         » Certificate of workshop completion and/or attendance available upon request.

GIS in Action: Theory and Practice (free)

Our Education Director, Rick Kos, walks you through the basics of Esri's ArcGIS platform in a series of five videos, each about 14 minutes long. Great for beginners who want to get a taste for the power of geospatial tools and analysis. Also, a terrific way to get acquainted with ArcGIS before joining our "GIS Quick Start" workshop. Click the "Video" links below.
 » Cost: free
 » Note: some material is a little outdated (we plan to update these videos soon!)
 » Video 1: What is GIS?
 » Video 2: GIS Analysis
 » Video 3: Layers of Information
 » Video 4: GIS Project Examples
 » Video 5: ArcGIS Demonstration

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GIS Quick Start (Sept./Oct.)

Just starting out with GIS? This is the workshop for you. Beki McElvain - our ever-cheerful and patient instructor - will teach you the basics of Esri's ArcGIS software through short lectures, demonstrations, and engaging hands-on exercises. 
 » Early Registration: $300
 » Full/Late Registration: $330
 » Five Wednesdays:
  Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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GIS Quick Start (Nov./Dec.)

Just starting out with GIS? This is the workshop for you. Karla King - a skilled and supportive educator - will teach you the basics of Esri's ArcGIS software through short lectures, demonstrations, and engaging hands-on exercises. 
 » Early Registration: $300
 » Full/Late Registration: $330
 » Five Mondays:
   Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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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. Instructor Ana Rivera will guide you through the basics of the evolving QGIS platform.
 » Early Registration: $120
 » Full/Late Registration: $132
 » Two Mondays: Sept. 18, 25
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Spatial Analysis with R

R is an open source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics that is supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. Instructor Andy Lyons will show you how to use R for powerful spatial analysis.
 » Early Registration: $240
 » Full/Late Registration: $264
 » Four Mondays:
   Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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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: $300
 » Full/Late Registration: $330
 » Five Wednesdays:
   Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Map Design

What are the tools, techniques and time-honored practices for producing professional-looking maps? Instructor Melody Cao will show you the steps using a variety of tools, including MapBox and D3, and 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: $300
 » Full/Late Registration: $330
 » Five Tuesdays:
   Oct 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Web Mapping Quick Start

Tired of publishing PDF maps on the web? Come learn the fundamentals of how to translate your map into a web map. This workshop is intended for students, nonprofits, and government agencies interested in incorporating web maps into their work. By the end of the workshop you will know how to make a simple web map, plus understand web mapping in broad terms, and have enough information to hire a developer, write a grant, or know where to start with your own learning objectives when your goal is to create and sustain a larger project.
 » Early Registration: $240
 » Full/Late Registration: $264
 » Four Wednesdays:
   Nov. 21, 28; Dec. 5, 12
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Python Part 1: Python Basics

Would you like to learn how to write powerful code using a simple-to-learn language? Python is used throughout the geospatial industry. Instructor Silas Toms, author of "ArcPy and ArcGIS - Geospatial Analysis with Python" will teach you the basics.
 » Early Registration: $180
 » Full/Late Registration: $198
 » Three Thursdays:
   Sept. 14, 21, 28
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Python Part 2: Python + ArcGIS

This workshop builds on skills covered in Python Part 1 and is also suitable for students with previous background in Python. Instructor Silas Toms, author of "ArcPy and ArcGIS - Geospatial Analysis with Python" will focus on using Python code in the ArcGiS platform.
 » Early Registration: $180
 » Full/Late Registration: $198
 » Three Thursdays:
   Oct. 12, 19, 26
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Vector and Raster Analysis

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, instructor Devan Morris will show you how to work with both formats in a series of exercises that cover resume-building skills such as geocoding, site suitability analysis, and georeferencing images.
 » Early Registration: $300
 » Full/Late Registration: $330
 » Five Thursdays:
   Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location-Based Storytelling for Stakeholders and Decision-Makers

The demand is growing for tools that engage users through stories, imagery, maps and useful summary metrics. Many sectors and organizations (e.g, financial, health, and conservation) seek to provide their stakeholders with spatially explicit information that is actionable and easy to interpret. Instructor Gregg Verutes will give you tools, tips, and techniques to accomplish these objectives.
 » Early Registration: $180
 » Full/Late Registration: $198
 » Three Wednesdays:
   Nov. 29; Dec. 6, 13
 » Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 

Credited GIS Courses @ City College of San Francisco

      » Looking for semester-long, for-credit courses in GIS? Consider CCSF's GIS Certificate Program (Earth Sciences Department)

SF Enterprise GIS Program

      » The GIS Education Center provides a beginner GIS course for San Francisco City/County employees provided by the SF Enterprise GIS Program.