Introduction to GIS

Date of Training: TBD

Training Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Training Cost: $750

Summary:  Three-day hands-on computer course providing an introduction to the capabilities of a desktop Geographic Information System.  While using ESRI’s ArcGIS 10.3® software, the fundamentals of working with geospatial data are taught including; querying a database, editing spatial and attribute data, performing geo-processing tasks and presenting results in a map.  We work extensively with the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) database to teach these concepts.

Each student will receive hands-on software instruction, course books with exercises, slides and accompanying training data.  Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a URI Certificate of Course Completion. Classes are taught in Woodward Hall at URI’s Kingston campus (pdf).  Interactive Map

Requirements:  Participants should be comfortable working in a windows environment.  Please visit ESRI’s training website and try this free course on Getting Started with GIS This will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to some of the topics that will be covered in the three-day course.

Topics Covered:   

  • Geospatial data types: storage and management
  • The ArcMap interface: toolbars, pop-up / drop-down menu
  • Display, symbolize, and label geospatial data
  • Accessing basemaps and other internet map services
  • Printing and exporting maps
  • Creating and Editing geospatial data
  • How to perform attribute and spatial queries
  • Creating X,Y location data, spatial analysis (overlay)
  • Accessing the RIGIS data catalog