USC GIS Institute 2014

3-Day Training in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Monday 5/19, Wednesday 5/21, Friday 5/23

organized by the Center for Digital Humanities and
the Geography Department of the University of South Carolina

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) at USC is pleased again this year to offer a GIS Institute taught by members of the Geography Department. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a means of electronically capturing, analyzing and visualizing geographic data.

Participants will learn about GIS broadly and also receive in-depth training in ArcGIS, the industry standard software for custom-making maps and performing spatial statistics. Many members of the academic community find GIS useful for creating maps easily and for performing their research – in the Social Sciences, Public Health, Social Work, Humanities and other domains. This year’s format will consist of three classroom days spaced with two open days to allow for a self-paced review and application of concepts based on applicable data. Classroom days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the week of May 19-23.

The content of the class will focus Monday and Wednesday on core principles, techniques, work-flows and project organizational skills as they relate to ArcGIS Desktop. These would include sources of spatial and attribute data, loading personal data, fundamental data manipulation (e.g. calculating new values, geocoding), mapping techniques that display attribute data and the variety of GIS tools used to analyze spatial data. During the process ArcMap, ArcCatalog and Arc Toolbox will be explored. Friday’s class will focus entirely on ArcGIS Online and the growing number of uses it has – including easy methods of publishing web maps and simple applications to collect and display spatial data on mobile devices (smart phones and tablets).

This Institute is especially designed for people who need GIS primarily for vector data - the use of points, lines and polygons to represent complex spatial phenomena. Although raster data sources will be discussed and used, the analytical focus of the class will not be on raster analysis techniques.

Applications are now being accepted. To apply, please complete the form below or email Colin Wilder (, associate director of the CDH, describing briefly your area of interest. The Institute will be capped at 15 participants. Participation is not restricted to the USC community, however USC applicants will be given priority until April 15. Non-refundable course fee is $75 for USC students, $350 for USC faculty and $500 for members of the general public or other educational institutions. Unfortunately, no financial aid is available. Not for course credit. Comparable GIS training events typically cost $500-800 per day.

Application for Enrollment in Institute

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Applicants will be notified in late April if they have been accepted to the institute. If you are accepted and wish to participate, the course fee (see above) must be paid in advance to hold your seat.