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Workshops and Classes: iSkills: An Introduction to mapping and spatial analysis using GIS

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Bodleian iSkills: An Introduction to mapping and spatial analysis using GIS

This introduction to GIS course will be taught across a 2 hour workshop. It will include an overview presentation about GIS and introduce the basic concepts of using GIS software. A practical session will then put into practice these concepts by going step-by-step through how to create a map.

The last part of the session will discuss possible applications of GIS in more detail and then a final practical will go through how to perform some simple spatial analysis on the data created in the first half of the session. The software used throughout the practical will be ArcMap which is available for free home use from IT.

The course aims to:

  • Give a broad overview of what GIS is, and its capabilities/applications
  • Teach the basics of GIS data types and importance of coordinate systems when working with geospatial data
  • Familiarise the student with how to use ArcMap

It will cover how to:

  • Convert excel data with coordinates and display them in GIS
  • Edit and style geospatial data based on fields
  • Create a basic map with a basemap which could be used in a report
  • Perform basic spatial analysis and retrieve statistics
  • Source open geospatial data

Intended Audience:  Useful to researchers across a range of disciplines in analysing and presenting spatial data and for digital mapmaking.

For more information about the course content and GIS, please contact Heidi Clough (

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Presenter:  Heidi Clough

Format:  Presentation with practical exercises

What you will need? All GIS software needed for the course will be available on the training room PCs, however if you would like to use your own laptop for the practical session then the GIS software ArcMap (ver. 10.0+) will need to be installed. This is available to download from IT Services online and a connection to the University VPN will be needed to access the license. The open source version of GIS software QGIS  is free for anyone to download but will not be used directly in the course. If you have any problems installing the software please feel free to contact

If you prefer to use your own laptop please also read our guidance notes:

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