GIS for Beginners: Guide & Application - ONLINE (October '22)

GIS for Beginners: Guide & Application - ONLINE (October '22)

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£60 – £72

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Online event

via Zoom


GU24 0JN

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

Learn how to capture and manipulate data using a Geographic Information System.

About this event

If you are a teacher, surveyor or simply enthusiastic about capturing and manipulating data, then it is vital that you know about GIS (geographic Information system). This introductory course will explain how and why it is such an important tool when analysing data.

The tutor for this course, Britt Pugh, has been able to provide a session in which delegates can participate from home.  It will still be a live event with a maximum of 10 students, ensuring as much interaction as possible.

For this course to work effectively, each delegate will require two full screens.  If you already use 2 screens, then you will be fine.  Otherwise, you must have the use of a computer/laptop and a tablet.  Using a mobile phone as the second screen sadly will not work as it will be too small to see the tutors presentation or to work from. In addition, we have found that the computers used in this session need to be be relatively up-to-date. Older models tend to struggle with the data applications.

This course uses QGIS, a free GIS software, which you will need to download and install prior to the course. 

This course will take place over 2 days, one week apart.

Day 1 - Friday 21st October 10am-3pm

There will be an initial presentation and a comprehensive discussion about the practical elements of the software.  We will spend the second half of the session working through some simple activities together, where you will use your own computer to follow what the tutor is doing. Then, some ‘homework’ will be set using the concepts learned.  You will be given a week to collect data locally and upload it to the computer.

Day 2 - Friday 28th October 10am-noon

We will use everyone’s homework data to create our own maps, and learn how to produce a clean, professional looking end product. You will be shown where to find data online, where you can continue your learning and get a brief introduction to ArcGIS Online and Storymaps. To finish, you will have the opportunity to share concerns, ask specific questions and discuss any relevant issues.

We will be using zoom to run this course and therefore you will need to download this free app prior to the course.  This application allows file sharing, group communication outside of the course times as well as the ability (when approved by the user) for the tutor to access a delegate’s computer to help guide them through any difficult aspects of the software use.

Tutor profile - Britt Pugh

Britt is a Research Assistant for the University of Nottingham in Ecology, Biogeography and Data Analysis and from September 2022 will be undertaking an MSc in Remote Sensing and GIS at University College London. Passionate about all aspects of ecology, Britt volunteered with the Surrey Wildlife Trust as a GIS specialist during her undergraduate degree and has since undertaken contracting work in GIS analysis for the Friends of the Earth Charity and the University of Nottingham. Britt's work ranges from writing and publishing scientific manuscripts, to producing scientific infographics and peer reviewing academic papers.

Recent work includes taking part in the international 'sTeTra' research group, looking at how biodiversity characteristics have changed across the Anthropocene as well as working on a project to better estimate Leopard populations in Southern Africa using data from camera trapping and machine learning methods for data extrapolation. Britt aims to undertake a PhD in 2023 looking into how river restoration and wildfires interact to impact biodiversity resilience to disturbances, a topic in which she already has one scientific publication.

In her spare time, Britt enjoys hiking and takes part in PhD discussion groups on topics related to ecology including helicopter science, indigenous co-design and open access research. "

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