broom lab methods mini-courses

SPRING 2016

Geographic Information Systems - Learn ArcGIS and More

When: Tuesday, May 17, 1:00-3:00pm 
Where: Ellison Hall 3620 (Descartes lab)
Instructor: Carlos BaezDepartment of Geography

This 2-hour mini-course will introduce basic understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and how they can be used to analyze the spatial dimensions of data. Topics covered include: the basics of Geographic systems and information, fundamental techniques used in spatial analysis, and various applications of GIS in demography related research. Participants will learn: the basics of ArcGIS, the most commonly employed full-capability GIS; where to obtain spatial data for research; fundamental spatial analysis techniques; and how to explore geographic information through visualization.

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Web Scraping with Python
When: Tuesday, May 17, 3:00-5:00pm
Where: Ellison Hall 2616 (The Spatial lab)
Instructor: Alex Wood-Doughty, 
Department of Economics

A 2-hour mini-course on using Python to acquire data through APIs and through web scraping. Previous experience with Python is not required. 

 

WINTER 2016

Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) using ArcGIS
When: Wednesday, January 27th 10am12pm
Where: North Hall 1053 (Broom lab)
Instructor: Kevin Mwenda

A 2-hour mini-course on designing, running and analyzing GWR models in ArcGIS. Prior experience with ArcGIS not required but some basic background on linear regression would be beneficial. 

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Spatial data visualization in R
When: Friday, February 12th 1 – 3pm
Where: Ellison Hall 2616 (The Spatial lab)
Instructor: Kevin Mwenda

A 2-hour mini-course introducing R coding for visualizing & manipulating spatial data. Prior experience with R is not required.


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FALL 2015

Remote Sensing and Demography - Learn ENVI
When: Wednesday, November 18th 2-4pm
Where: Ellison Hall 3620 (Descartes lab)
Instructor: Cascade Tuholske

This mini-course will introduce basic understanding of remote sensing and how it is applied to demography. Topics to be covered are:  types of sensors, what we use satellites to monitor and map (and limitations), and specific applied techniques to demographic questions (including examples from population modeling, human-environment interaction, urbanization and epidemiology). Participants will gain a basic understanding of ENVI, a commonly used remote sensing software package and how to retrieve satellite images from USGS.

45m theory lecture
30m minutes covering ENVI
45m mini-lab


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Geographic Information Systems  - Learn ARCGIS and More
When: Friday, November 20th 10am-12pm
Where: Ellison Hall 2616 (The Spatial lab)
Instructor: Carlos Baez

This mini-course will introduce basic understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and how they can be used to analyze the spatial dimensions of data. Topics covered include: the basics of Geographic systems and information, fundamental techniques used in spatial analysis, and various applications of GIS in demography related research. Participants will learn: the basics of ArcGIS, the most commonly employed full-capability GIS; where to obtain spatial data for research; fundamental spatial analysis techniques; and how to explore geographic information through visualization.    

45m theory lecture
50m minute walk through lab with ArcGIS
25m minute introduction to visualizing and exploring geographic information