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GIS for Research II: Essential Skills for GIS Data Management and Visualization (Workshop)

September 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly recognized by researchers across a wide range of disciplines for their use in answering questions, solving problems, and making decisions. Despite the powerful tools and potential benefits associated with GIS, researchers often perceive barriers to entry when it comes to learning new skills in this area, similar to challenges encountered when trying to learn any new software or technology. The aim of this workshop is to lower those barriers for researchers new to GIS by focusing on some of the most common tasks and essential skills for getting started with GIS data management and visualization. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain hands-on experience using ArcGIS Desktop, the industry-leading GIS software
  • Learn best practices for describing, preparing, organizing, and managing their GIS data
  • Perform fundamental GIS tasks including acquiring data, projecting data, joining data, and creating map layouts for visualization

The software that will be used during this workshop is available in the Research Commons Computer Lab. Due to the lab’s capacity, this workshop will be limited to 12 participants. A second session of this workshop is offered on October 24. If you would prefer to register for that session instead, you can do so here:

Who: OSU faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines
When: Thursday, September 20, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State. Learn more at:


September 20, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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