Past GIS Workshops

These hands-on workshops require no GIS experience and are open to everyone. Unless otherwise noted, thsy are taught by Josh Been, Government Data Librarian.



Fall 2013

Extracting Gas from the Barnett Shale: A GIS Exploration
September 26, 3 - 5pm
Learn where to access drilling and extraction data, how to format the data for use within Geographic Information Systems software (ArcGIS) and how to geographically explore the data. Fuller description coming soon. No data or GIS experience required.

How did Your Neighbors Vote? Analyzing 2012 Local Presidential Election Results
October 24, 3 - 5pm
Learn how to extract election data from the ICPSR and Texas state agencies and analyze the data in Excel and ArcGIS. Also see how voters in your neighborhood voted in previous elections. No data or GIS experience required.

GPS in the Library Mall: Cache, if You Can!
November 21, 3 - 5pm
Learn how to use GPS receivers and participate in a geocaching exercise. Total fun! Not to be missed. No GPS experience necessary. Open to the public. (Part of GIS Day 2013.) Registration not required. No data or GIS experience is required.


Spring 2013

Mapping Happiness: Identifying the Happiest Places on Earth
February 14, 3 - 5pm
Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to create a customized happiness index for each country using environmental sustainability and economic indicators. Each participant will have full control over how each indicator impacts the happiness index. No GIS experience is required.

Food Deserts: Access to Quality Food Sources in the Metroplex
March 28, 3 - 5pm
“A food desert is a district in an urban or rural setting with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.” (Wikipedia) The workshop will explore how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can identify food deserts. No GIS experience is required.

Basic Python Scripting for ArcGIS
April 18, 3 - 5pm
Python is an intuitive scripting language that can be used to automate many geoprocessing functions within ArcGIS. Participants will learn the basics of creating a Python script, become familiar with the native Python environment IDLE, and learn how to call geoprocessing functions into scripts. This workshop is designed for those with at least a basic understanding of ArcMap (enrolled in or previously taken an Intro GIS course), but no programming knowledge is required. The workshop is designed specifically for participants brand new to programming.


Fall 2012

Mapping Presidential Results in Your Neighborhood
September 25, 3 - 5pm
Use Geographic Information Systems to predict how voters in any given neighborhood in Texas will vote in the upcoming presidential election. We will also explore previous elections results, as well as campaign contributions, Republican/Democrat affiliations, etc. Open to all. No GIS experience required.

Mapping Ozone in Texas: Kriging & Spatial Statistics
October 30, 3 - 5pm
Learn how Geographic Information Systems and ESDA (Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis) can help to estimate ozone levels across the state. In addition to ESDA, this workshop will cover the basics of kriging, a popular interpolation method. Open to all. No GIS or statistical background required.


Spring 2012

Who’s Hungry? Where to Open a New Pizzeria in the Metroplex?
February 15, 3:30pm ‐ 5pm
Hungry for some tasty pizza, but tired of the same old? Well then let's open our own pizzeria! with that in mind, this workshop will lead participantsthrough an exercise to determine the best locations in the DFW Metroplex to open a new pizzeria. Mapping and pizza? Can't go wrong. Open to all. No GIS experience required.

Smokestacks & Runoff: Pollutant Sources in Your Watershed
March 28, 3:30pm ‐ 5pm
Use Geographic Information Systems hydrology tools to measure the watershed around your home and then determine which facilities report various toxins and pollutants within this watershed. Open to all. No GIS or hydrology experience required.

ArcGIS Explorer: Why Pay for GIS?
April 18, 3:30pm ‐ 5pm
Did you know ESRI created a freely available GIS application that can perform a variety of tasks, including viewing data in 2D and 3D formats, create presentations, measure distances, stream public mapping services, and share your geographic data on the web. Join us at this hands‐on workshop to see how you may use ArcGIS Explorer. Open to all. No GIS experience required.


Fall 2011

Accessing Census Statistics: Navigating the Confusion
Sep. 29, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Need to access Census or demographic data? This hands‐on workshop will cover changes made in the Census 2010, how the American Community Survey fits in with demographic research, the new American Factfinder, the Data Ferrett, and how our proprietary databases (SimplyMap, Geolytics) fit within this larger demographic scheme. No GIS or Census research experience necessary. Open to the public. Registration Not Required

Cancer & Access to Healthcare Resources
Oct. 27, 3pm ‐ 5pm
How available are suitable healthcare resources to areas with higher concentrations of people living with cancer? Are there differences among various income or ethnic populations? Join us as we use geographic information systems (GIS) to explore these topics. This hands‐on workshop requires no GIS experience. Open to the public. Registration not required.

GPS in the Library Mall: Cache, if You Can!
Nov. 16, 4pm
Learn how to use GPS receivers and participate in a geocaching exercise. Total fun; not to be missed. No GPS experience necessary. Open to the public. (Part of GIS Day 2011.) Registration not required.


Spring 2010

Stuck in Traffic: Find DFW Road Segments With the Highest Pollution Levels
Feb. 17th, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to statistically estimate pollution levels within the DFW metroplex and to then identify the street segments that traverse through the regions with the highest levels. Data sources include pollution measurements from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. This hands‐on workshop requires no GIS or scientific experience. Registration Not Required

Public Transportation in Arlington: Plan the Route
March 31st, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems to plan a public transportation (bus) route through Arlington, TX. "Arlington remains the largest metropolitan city in the country without a public transit system for the general population." This hands‐on workshop requires no GIS or planning experience. Registration not required.

The Mapping of Violence: Analyzing Crime in Arlington
April 14th, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Learn how Geographic Information Systems can map, explore, and predict crime data. Using actual data provided by the City of Arlington Police Department, we will examine the distribution of violent crime arrests and attempt to devise a model to explain possible predictors of these crimes. This hands‐on workshop requires no GIS or statistical experience. Registration not required.

Buy & Sell That House: Find Houses to Flip
April 29, 2010, 3 ‐ 5pm
Learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to analyze the residential property market in Tarrant County to identify ideal investment houses to flip. Data sources include sample Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) and foreclosure listings from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Fall 2009

Mapping Election Data in Your Neighborhood
September 17, 2009, 3‐5pm
See how Geographic Information Systems can be used to explore presidential election voting trends by precinct (VTD) around your neighborhood and across the state. Then we will compare various demographic trends, such as income, age, and race, and its geographic relationship with voters.

Mapping Happiness
October 15, 2009, 3‐5pm
Learn how you can map world happiness by country and investigate possible causes of this happiness. The data used in this workshop are the same as those used in this year's One Book, entitled "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future." Here is more information about the UT Arlington's One Book program.

Vampires in North America: Map Settlements and Migration Patterns
November 18, 2009, 3‐5pm
Learn how Geographic Information Systems techniques such as site suitability and shortest path analysis can be used to locate vampire settlements and vampiric migratory patterns. This topic is an exercise of the imagination, with vampire themes taken out of the bestselling "Twilight Series" books and movies.


Spring 2009

ArcGIS & Google Earth for 3D Visualization
Thursday, March 12, 2009, 3‐5pm
Learn how you can easily use the campus‐wide ArcGIS software to include custom created geographic data into Google Earth. Examples include demographic data (such as population, income, race), land features not currently included in Google Earth (such as land use, zoning, and different aerial/satellite imagery), and customized features you create yourself (such as GPS points, or the results of GIS analysis).

Texas Time Machine: Use GIS To Explore Texas History
Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 3‐5pm
Learn how you can use a new web resource, entitled ‘Texas Time Machine’, to interact with historic maps and generated historic map layers entirely through your web browser.

 


Fall 2008

Sleepin’ at the Bowl: Best Locations for New Hotels for Superbowl XLV
September 27, 2008, 2 ‐ 4pm
Learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to analyze the number of hotels, rooms, and occupancy rates in Arlington. We will then identify the best location for the construction of a new hotel to help handle the influx of football fans. Data sources include hotel data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and commercial property data from the Tarrant Appraisal District.

Stuck in Traffic: Find the Road Segments with the Highest Pollution Levels
October 25, 2008, 2 ‐ 4pm
Dr. Melanie Sattler will present how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to statistically estimate pollution levels within the DFW metroplex and to then identify the street segments that traverse through the regions with the highest levels. Data sources include pollution measurements from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, and various datasets from the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

Buy & Sell That House: Find Houses to Flip
November 14, 2008, 2:30 ‐ 4pm
Dr. Andy Hansz will present how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to analyze the residential property market in Tarrant County to identify ideal investment houses to flip. Data sources include sample Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) and foreclosure listings from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Spring 2008

To Catch a Thief
Thursday, March 2, 2008, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Use state‐of‐the‐art GIS (geographic information systems) to analyze crime patterns, predict potential targets, and try to track down the burglar. These fictitious burglaries all take place in Tarrant County, Texas. This is a hands‐on demo with no GIS or criminal justice experience required.

Play to Win!
February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2008
Each Friday in Februaruy, we will be releasing evidence about the ongoing fictitious burglaries. The burglar might strike once or even twice during the week. Eye witnesses might report a seemingly irrelevant piece of information which might be critical. These clues will be released on flyers around campus, on the Library's website, and in on the University Calendar. If you can figure out the means of transportation taken by the burglar (how he is getting around) during the burglaries, email it to gislib@uta.edu. Faculty, students, or staff who send correct answers will be in a random drawing during the workshop, held on March 2. The deadline to guess is midnight (CST) on March 1. Winners will receive one free poster‐sized print job by in the Library's Digital Media Studio.

Create Your Own Google Maps
Thursday, March 30, 2008, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Learn how to quickly and easily create your own customized web Google Map using the free GoogleMaps API. This workshop will focus on converting ArcGIS projects to the web using Google Maps. Note:Some ArcGIS experience helpful.

Where to Open a New Pizzeria in the Metroplex
Thursday, April 13, 2008, 3pm ‐ 5pm
So, where would YOU open a new pizzeria in the DFW metroplex? Use geographic analysis to find the most suitable location.


Fall 2007

Sleepin’ at the Bowl: Best Locations for New Hotels for Superbowl XLV
September 27, 2007, 2 ‐ 4pm
Learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to analyze the number of hotels, rooms, and occupancy rates in Arlington. We will then identify the best location for the construction of a new hotel to help handle the influx of football fans. Data sources include hotel data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and commercial property data from the Tarrant Appraisal District.

Stuck in Traffic: Find the Road Segments with the Highest Pollution Levels
October 25, 2007, 2 ‐ 4pm
Dr. Melanie Sattler will present how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to statistically estimate pollution levels within the DFW metroplex and to then identify the street segments that traverse through the regions with the highest levels. Data sources include pollution measurements from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, and various datasets from the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

Buy & Sell That House: Find Houses to Flip
November 14, 2007, 2:30 ‐ 4pm
Dr. Andy Hansz will present how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to analyze the residential property market in Tarrant County to identify ideal investment houses to flip. Data sources include sample Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) and foreclosure listings from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Spring 2007

Create Your Own Google Map Mashup
Thursday, February 1, 2007, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems to create your very own Google mashup. No GIS experience necessary.

Public Transportation in Arlington: Plan the Route
Thursday, March 1, 2007, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems to plan a public transportation (bus) route through Arlington, TX. "Arlington remains the largest metropolitan city in the country without a public transit system for the general population."

Congressional Redistricting in Texas: The Maps & The Demographics
Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Dr. Jose Gutierrez will give a talk describing the implications of the redrawing of the Texas Congressional boundaries in 2003 and the 2006 federal court decision that parts of the redrawing were unconstitutional. Joshua Been will then lead the participants through a hands‐on GIS exercise exploring the demographic and other implications of the 2003 and the 2006 Congressional districts in Texas.


Fall 2006

Find Out Where You Should Hang Out This Friday Night
Thursday, September 21, 2006, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Use Geographic Information Systems (electronic mapping) to find the best place in Tarrant County to hang out this Friday night.

Explore Low Income Housing Data Using Geographic Information Systems
Thursday, October 26, 2006, 3pm ‐ 5pm
Learn how GIS can explore the relationships between low income housing and various socio‐economic indicators.

Mapping the Afghan Population in the U.S.
Thursday, November 9, 2006, 2pm ‐ 4pm
Find out where in the U.S. there are large centers of Afghan population. In the D/FW Metroplex, perhaps?


Spring 2006

A Spatial Murder Mystery
Presented by Josh Been, GIS Librarian

ArcGIS & the Google Maps API
Presented by Josh Been, GIS Librarian

Where to Open a New Pizzeria in the DFW Metroplex?
Presented by Josh Been, GIS Librarian




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