UNIVERSITY PARK — This spring, Penn State University Libraries will offer virtual information sessions on geospatial data and software topics. These sessions are designed to introduce resources, software and expertise offered by the University Libraries that are related to maps and geospatial data. Penn State faculty, staff and students from across disciplines are encouraged to attend.
To help increase exposure to geospatial software options, new sessions on ArcGIS Online applications and multiple QGIS sessions are being offered this semester.
Virtual office hours for students are being offered from 1 to 2 p.m. on March 12 and 31, and April 13 and 28, via Zoom. In addition, one-on-one research consultations are available through the Penn State Libraries Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information.
Spring 2021 sessions
Working with Geospatial Data, GIS, and Mapping Projects
March 3, 3 to 4 p.m. — Zoom Registration
This session will introduce participants to geospatial data from U.S. and international sources, along with information on geospatial software access at Penn State including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro, and a highlight of online geospatial resources available. Additional resources will be provided to help participants manage geospatial projects. Presenter: Tara Anthony, GIS Specialist.
Introduction to ArcGIS Online and Story Maps
March 17, 3 to 4 p.m. — Zoom Registration
This session will provide an introduction to ArcGIS Online, available through Penn State’s ArcGIS Online account. Users authenticate with Penn State credentials to access geospatial data from authoritative sources and user-generated content, and to create their own content. An overview of web map and Story Map applications will be highlighted. Presenter: Tara Anthony, GIS Specialist.
Leveraging ArcGIS Applications: ArcGIS Business Analyst, ArcGIS Experience Builder, and ArcGIS Hub for showcasing projects, maps, and data
March 24, 3 to 4 p.m. — Zoom Registration
This session provides examples of ArcGIS applications available through the Penn State ArcGIS Onlineorganizational account, including ArcGIS Business Analyst, ArcGIS Experience Builder and ArcGIS Hub. ArcGIS Business Analyst enables users to explore demographics, charts and infographics for locations. ArcGIS Experience Builder enables users to create visual content surrounding maps, narrative, images and media using multiple types of templates. ArcGIS Hub enables the user to create a site with map and embedded map applications using content from ArcGIS Online. Presenter: Tara Anthony, GIS Specialist.
Introduction to QGIS: Part 1
April 20, 1 to 2 p.m. — Zoom Registration
QGIS instruction to help beginners become familiar with QGIS and learn basic GIS concepts. Part 1 includes QGIS installation, interface, and projection, and creation and geoprocessing of vector data. Presenter: Jae Sung Kim, Open Source Geospatial Analyst.
Introduction to QGIS: Part 2
April 21, 1 to 2 p.m. — Zoom Registration
QGIS instruction to help beginners become familiar with QGIS and learn basic GIS concepts. Part 2 includes an overview of rasters, raster analysis and georeferencing, creating maps, and use of web map services. Presenter: Jae Sung Kim, Open Source Geospatial Analyst.