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Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies

Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS):

A 3-day workshop In collaboration with Kent Graduate School
(Held annually)

The overall aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of GIS, as well as an introduction to a┬árange of methods for collection, management and interpretation of spatial data. Particular attention is paid to the development of attendees’ analysis skills as to spatial data using GIS. This workshop runs intensively for 3 consecutive days, 8 hours per day, combining a theoretical orientation, tutorials and practical sessions. The tutorial and practical sessions provide hands-on experience using ArcGIS, which is the most widely used GIS system.

Map showing travel routes

The workshop covers:

  • Principles of cartography, coordinate systems and projections
  • Introduction to the fundamental principles of GIS
  • Data sources and methods of data acquisition
  • Types of spatial data, working with raster and vector data
  • Mapping (how to create and transform maps)
  • ArcGIS – overview of ArcGIS, ArcMap, ArcCatalog; ArcToolbox, Spatial Analyst
  • GIS operations (Calculating area, Intersection of polygons etc.)
  • Data manipulation, spatial data query and spatial analysis

For further information please contact Dr. Joseph Tzanopoulos