Learning Opportunities

Introduction to GIS

Date: No classes currently scheduled

Training Cost: $800

Summary:  Three-day hands-on computer course providing an introduction to the capabilities of a desktop Geographic Information System.  While using ESRI’s ArcGIS 10.5® 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 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.com

Date: No classes currently scheduled.

Training Cost: $150

Summary: This is a half-day training program to introduce ESRI’s FREE cloud mapping application available at ArcGIS.com .  No software is required to gain access to volumes of geographic data being served from RIGIS and all over the world which are easily accessible in this interface.

  • Explore ready to use map services from RIGIS and others (hundreds of maps!)
  • Query existing map services
  • Create your own web maps using readily available data from RIGIS and other sources
  • Import or create your own data and put it on a map (import: .csv, .txt, addresses, .gpx, heads-up digitizing)
  • Share your web maps via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or embed the code into your own website

Requirements: This course is intended for those interested in working with geographic data, either locally or globally but requires only a modest level of technical skill. No prior GIS knowledge is necessary! 

Participants will:

  • Become comfortable with the ArcGIS.com interface
  • Learn to access the RIGIS map services
  • Use tools to create layers on your web map
  • Import .csv files with location data (x,y, address) on to map
  • Import Shapefiles into an ArcGIS.com web map
  • Learn how to share the web map via email, Facebook, Twitter or by embedding it into own website.
  • Create a Map Tour application from the webmap. Similar to this one.

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.