Learning Opportunities

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro

Date: January 14 – 16, 2020; 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Training Cost: $800

Summary: This three-day hands-on computer course provides an introduction to the capabilities of ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro desktop Geographic Information System. Participants will learn the fundamentals of using the software to work with geospatial data including; querying a database, editing spatial and attribute data, performing geoprocessing analysis and presenting results in a map.  We work extensively with the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) database to teach these concepts.  

All participants receive hands-on software instruction, a training manual with step-by-step exercises and training data. Upon successful completion of the course, participants 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.  

Topics Covered:   

  • Geospatial data types: storage and management
  • The ArcMap interface: toolbars, pop-up / drop-down menu
  • Display, symbolize, and label geospatial data
  • Accessing ArcGIS.com 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

Using ArcGIS Online

Date: January 13, 2020; 12:30 pm – 4:00  pm

Training Cost: $150

Summary: This is a half-day training program that will introduce you to ESRI’s ArcGIS Online platform using the free Public Account.  The concepts discussed in this training can also be applied to an Organization account.  The ArcGIS Online platform provides a map viewer to access the volumes of data being served from RIGIS and other data providers which are easily accessible in this interface.

  • Explore ready to use map services from RIGIS and others (hundreds of maps!)
  • Query existing data
  • Build your own maps using available data
  • Create your own data (import: .csv, .txt, addresses, .gpx, heads-up digitizing)
  • Share your content via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or embed the code into your own website
  • Learn how to create a Story Map
Requirements: This course is intended for those interested in working with geographic data.  Participants should be comfortable working in a windows environment. No prior GIS knowledge is necessary! 

Aimee Mandeville

Aimee has been a Research Associate in the Environmental Data Center since 1996 and has used geospatial technologies in a variety of applications.  She has conducted numerous training classes for municipal officials, state and federal organizations and the private sector since that time.


Alyson McCann 

Alyson has over 20 years of experience working with GIS for natural resources protection and management and has conducted numerous GIS training programs for municipalities, businesses, state and federal agencies, and educational organizations.