The Center for Applied GIScience, the Atkins Library Digital Scholarship Lab, and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Office of Academic Technologies are partnering to host a series of workshops on Friday, Nov. 22, in the Digital Scholarship Lab classroom (Atkins 273 – UNC Charlotte) to introduce faculty and graduate students to GIS tools and resources that they can use in their research.
Session 1: Introduction to GIS. This workshop will present an overview of GIS software and data. Participants will learn about the strengths of different GIS software packages for their research, the fundamental types of data that GIS software employs, and an overview of how to load and manipulate GIS data. By the end of this session, participants should have a basic understanding of the research and analytical tasks that GIS tools enable and begin to choose the tools that will work best for their specific research needs.
Friday, November 22, Atkins 273, 10 am – 11:30 am, Register
Session 2: Adding GIS Data to Your Research Project. This session focuses on combining data in GIS formats with other types of data that researchers in the social sciences commonly use. The instructor will demonstrate how to merge and join data in a range of GIS and non-GIS formats to produce integrated datasets that can they be analyzed with typical statistical tools. For example, the session will demonstrate how to join and analyze data at levels including individual addresses, ZIP codes, census tracts, and counties. By the end of this session, attendees will have skills to able to find and join their own data.
Friday, November 22, Atkins 273, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Register
Session 3: Overview of Research Themes of Center for Applied GIScience. Led by Wenwu Tang, Assistant Professor, Director of Computing and Technology for the Center for Applied GIScience. An important goal of this session is to expose participants to the range of advanced research capabilities at CAGIS and to encourage discussions of research collaboration with faculty in other fields. By the end of this session, participants should have a good sense of the activities of CAGIS, be able to identify potential collaborators, and understand how CAGIS’ advances might contribute to their research. The Center’s strengths include: CyberGIS: Cyberinfrastructure-enabled high-performance computing (HPC) to accelerate spatial analysis and using state-of-the-art HPC resources to maximize efficiencies and increase research productivity; Big spatial data analytics; Space-time Modeling and GeoVisualization.
Friday, November 22, Atkins 273, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Register