Maps and geospatial information sessions for fall 2017 include online options

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Each Tuesday this October, Penn State University Libraries will offer informational sessions relating to foundational map and geospatial topics. Sessions, which do not require registration, are open to all Penn State students, staff, faculty and visitors, and remote viewing is available online using Zoom at

In addition, one-on-one map and geospatial research consultations are available through the Penn State Libraries Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information.

Geospatial Data: Diving into library resources and beyond
3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, Room 211A Pattee Library and via Zoom

This session offers an overview of geospatial data available from library databases, PolicyMap, SimplyAnalytics, Social Explorer and Data-Planet. Additional United States and international organizations will be highlighted from maps, geospatial guides and related resources to guide the user in locating geospatial data relevant to multiple disciplines. Participants will be encouraged to create their own map visualizations with mapping applications during the session.

Geospatial Exploration: Explore mapping and location topics and applications
3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 211A Pattee Library and via Zoom

This session outlines geographic information systems (GIS) concepts relevant to applying geospatial components in projects, and will provide an introduction to geospatial data, introductory topics of projects, data manipulation and geoprocessing techniques.

Geospatial Analysis: Introduction to working with location data and demographic data
3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 302 Paterno Library and via Zoom

An introduction to using ArcMap software to work with demographic and location data. This session will work with sample data; however, participants are encouraged to consider and/or use their own data based on research, work and/or teaching interests. This session will demonstrate general processes of working with location-based data, which may require additional instruction and follow up in specific contexts, geographic regions and disciplines.

Geospatial Online: Overview of online mapping options (ArcGIS Online and more)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct, 31, 211A Pattee Library and via Zoom

An introduction to ArcGIS Online, a web-mapping application that can be used to communicate many spatial research interests across the disciplines. Participants will explore applications created with ArcGIS Online and work with a sample dataset for Centre County, Pennsylvania, to learn the functionality of ArcGIS Online web maps and applications.

For additional information, contact Tara Lalonde at 814-863-5753 or

Last Updated September 19, 2017