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Technical Training Workshops

Workshops are free for people with valid Harvard ID. For people do not have valid HUID, the fee is $175 for the 3.5-hour GPS workshop, and $100 for the other 2-hour workshops. Registration is required.

How to Apply:

  • For Harvard Affiliates, please submit your application by clicking the "REGISTER" button (HUID login required).
  • For Non-Harvard applicants, please submit your application by clicking the "NON-HARVARD REGISTER" button.

Most workshops are held on Fridays from 1:30 -3:30 PM, GPS is from 1:30 - 4:30 PM. Workshop location information is specified in each workshop content.


Detailed descriptions and registrations for the upcoming workshops are listed below. Or browse by Workshop title in the sidebar under Technical Workshops A to Z.

Basic Introduction to GIS - Longwood - Fall 2017

Date  September 1, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Brief introduction to GIS, and the CGA workshop training series, to help students determine workshops that are appropriate for their individual needs. Students will use online and desktop GIS software.

Basic Introduction to GIS - Cambridge - Fall 2017

Date  September 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Brief introduction to GIS, and the CGA workshop training series, to help students determine workshops that are appropriate for their individual needs. Students will use online and desktop GIS software.

Wrangling Data into Maps - Cambridge - Fall 2017

Date  September 15, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

The ability to 'wrangle' various forms of data into a GIS is necessary in order to produce maps or analysis. Students will learn how to convert and properly geo-reference raw data in text form into GIS format, find and import relevant publicly available data, and produce a map of the results.

Making Sense out of Spatial Data - Cambridge - Fall 2017

Date  September 22, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

An introduction to spatial analysis for various kinds of problem solving in a GIS environment. Examples of both raster and vector data-based spatial operations like overlay, buffering, and interpolation will be covered.

Open Source QGIS - Fall 2017

Date  September 29, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

An introduction to Quantum GIS for beginners, this workshop will cover the basic methods for opening various data formats, dealing with projections, joining tabular data to vector GIS layers, symbolization, and exporting data. No previous knowledge of GIS or statistics is required.

Worldmap Introduction - Fall 2017

Date  October 13, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Wrangling Data into Maps - Longwood- Fall 2017

Date  October 27, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

The ability to 'wrangle' various forms of data into a GIS is necessary in order to produce maps or analysis. Students will learn how to convert and properly geo-reference raw data in text form into GIS format, find and import relevant publicly available data, and produce a map of the results.

Introduction to Remote Sensing - Fall 2017

Date  November 3, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Learn the basics of remote sensing technology, image data properties, and software tools and procedures for satellite image processing. Hands on usage of IDRISI software for multi-band combinations, supervised and unsupervised classification on a Landsat satellite image.

Making Sense out of Spatial Data - Longwood- Spring 2017

Date  November 3, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Leader/Instructor: Givoanni Zambotti

An introduction to spatial analysis for various kinds of problem solving in a GIS environment. Examples of both raster and vector data-based spatial operations like overlay, buffering, and interpolation will be covered.

GPS Data Collection - Fall 2017

Date  November 17, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Three-Dimensional GIS - Fall 2017

Date  December 1, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Lead/Instructor: Paul Cote