We offer GIS concept & application training to help our local agency partners make use of geospatial datasets
CALTAP is piloting a series of virtual geographic information systems (GIS) training courses that will introduce non-technical practitioners to the basic concepts, tools, and applications needed to create useful, informative, and data-rich online maps.
Today, GIS technology allows for the creation of engaging, informative, data-driven maps and narrative-driven visuals (StoryMaps). While most state and local agencies are already using GIS for planning, maintenance, engineering, and asset management (and many other applications), these courses offer a skill path for "non-GIS" professionals to learn how this technology is being used within transportation agencies as well as how the availability of license-free geotagged datasets can be used to build visual narratives that are capable of conveying complex data/geographic relationships to a non-technial audience.
Both introductory and advanced courses are four-hour lecture/lab presentations delivered live and online by our in-house GIS expert.
* Participants are encouraged to bring their own dataset if available;
CSV, GeoJSON, and KML file types are support
"Geographic Information Systems" can be thought of as a set of computer-based tools and technologies that allow you to create, manage, analyze, and map all types of data within a specific geospatial framework.
By integrating a set of datapoints (where something is located) with descriptive detail (what it is, what's happening around it) into a mapping system, GIS applications can be used to present patterns and relationships that are occurring within a geographic context in a way that is easier to comprehend.
Esri, the global market leader in GIS, has brought innovation to digital storytelling through the concept of "StoryMaps", a construct that allows remarkable data-rich stories to be told via custom maps that inform and inspire by combining features like embedded text, images, videos, and other online content.
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