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University Libraries announces fall Maps and Geospatial Informational Sessions

An example of a project presented in a previous ArcGIS Online session by the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information. Credit: Penn State University Libraries / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This fall, the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information at the Penn State University Libraries will offer three informational sessions relating to foundational map and geospatial topics. Designed to provide an introduction to maps and geospatial resources and expertise available at the Libraries, these sessions aim to engage participants across disciplines in their use of geospatial information. 

Sessions are open to all Penn State students, staff, faculty and the public. Advance registration is not required. All sessions will be held in 211A Pattee Library on the University Park campus, with remote viewing available online via Zoom.

In addition, one-on-one map and geospatial research consultations are available through the Hamer Center.

1. Geospatial Online: ArcGIS Online
Thursday, Sept. 263 to 5 p.m.

An introduction to ArcGIS Online, a web mapping application that can be used to communicate many spatial research interests across disciplines. Participants will explore applications created with ArcGIS Online and work with a sample data set. Learn about additional products of the Esri Geospatial Cloud authorized through your ArcGIS Online account. More information on ArcGIS Online is available at the University Libraries Maps and Geospatial: ArcGIS Online guide.

2. Launch Your Geospatial Projects: Foundations and Searching for Geospatial Data
Thursday, Oct. 33 to 5 p.m.

This session will provide an overview of geographic information systems (GIS) concepts, geospatial data and geospatial software, and an introduction to geospatial analysis topics relevant to multiple disciplines. In addition, the session will focus on searching geospatial data resources using library resources and additional data sources. Examples of resources and data for this session are at the Maps and Geospatial: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) guide.

3. Geospatial Analysis: ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro
Thursday, Oct. 103 to 5 p.m.

This session will highlight the use of introductory geospatial processes in ArcGIS ArcMap and ArcPro software.This informational session introduces and utilizes key software terminology, along with examples of the functionality within the software. Maps and geospatial examples will be provided in an interdisciplinary manner for participants. More information is available in the Maps and Geospatial: ArcGIS Pro guide and the Maps and Geospatial: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) guide.

For additional information, or if you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Tara LaLonde at 814-863-5753 or in advance of your participation.

Last Updated September 13, 2019