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Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Mapping Texas Communities GIS Workshops

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  • Mary Beth Booth
    I took this course 2 years ago  - not because I wanted to learn GIS (since I teach GIS I d better already know it!), but because I wanted access to the great
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      I took this course 2 years ago  - not because I wanted to learn GIS (since I teach GIS I'd better already know it!), but because I wanted access to the great Census data they claimed they had that was already in GIS format. I figured getting a really good Census dataset from them was worth the $500. The data stunk (it wasn't in final form & you had to do a million manipulations to get it to work). The course itself is intense and I think as one of my formers students once said about taking a 2-day ESRI course "Learning GIS like this is like trying to take a drink of water from a fire hose". IMHO, if you want to learn ArcGIS, you should consider buying the book "Getting to know ArcGIS desktop". It's about $35 on Amazon. It will give you a good beginning knowledge of the software and it comes with a 180-day trial of the software. And if you want to learn the theory of GIS so you actually understand WHAT you are doing and WHY you are doing it when you click the buttons in the software, go take a class. ACC is pretty cheap if you live in-district & I hear the prof isn't half-bad :)


      Mary Beth


      --- On Mon, 7/21/08, Vicki L. Almstrum <almstrum@...> wrote:

      From: Vicki L. Almstrum <almstrum@...>
      Subject: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Mapping Texas Communities GIS Workshops
      To: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Monday, July 21, 2008, 8:46 PM

      I thought this might be of interest to some of you. The cost is non-
      trivial ($500).

      I have been receiving electronic and snail mail post from ERSI for
      some time, but am not affiliated with them and have not yet used the
      materials in teaching or a project.

      If someone decides to check this out, I would be interested to hear
      about the experience!

      -- Vicki (FG2 in FiedoGang and, unfortunately, not able to consider
      this just now!)

      ************ ********* ********* ********* ********* ***
      Mapping Texas Communities Workshop: An Introduction to GIS and
      Community Analysis

      Austin: August 7th, 8th Houston: July 31st Dallas: July
      29th San Antonio: August 12th

      *All Are One Day Workshops (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

      Read More About This Workshop/Register Online (www.nur-online. com)

      Audience: Beginners, anyone interested in mapping their community

      Participants will learn to use ArcGIS 9.3 to do the following:

      * Create thematic maps: Participants will learn to create thematic
      maps of their own data, and display spatial trends in information.
      * Address mapping (geocoding): Participants will learn to map
      addresses of their clients, their projects or incidents such as
      disease or crime.
      * Download and map Census & American Community Survey data:
      Participants will learn to extract and map current Census data such
      as poverty, race, language, population, transportation, education and
      workforce characteristics.
      Participants will also learn to:
      Conduct spatial queries
      Download free shapefiles
      Create well designed maps

      Mapping techniques transferable to all other communities. Exercises
      are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required.


      + Comprehensive workbook (75 pages), which includes the presentation,
      exercises and reference worksheets,
      + ArcGIS (ArcView 9.3) software 60-day trial CD set,
      + Thirty day free access to new 2005 Tiger/Line geography files
      (converted to shapefiles) which include streets, zip codes, school
      districts, voting districts, census tracts and many other useful
      + Thirty day free access to our Analyzing Your Community: Local
      Demographic Analysis Online Workshop

      What People Are Saying

      University of Houston: "This was a fast-paced, excellent
      presentation. Well worth the time."

      University of Texas, School of Public Health: "Excellent. The
      workshop was straightforward and very 'digestible' ."

      City of San Antonio: "This workshop provided good content, and
      instructor's teaching style facilitated easy learning."

      City of Round Rock, Texas: "Workshop was fast paced and taught
      efficiently on an easy to understand level."

      New Urban Research, Inc. is a national social research organization
      and ESRI Business Partner, specializing in quantitative and spatial
      community analysis.

      New Urban Research, Inc. 33232 NE 33rd Ave Portland, Oregon 97212 |
      877.241.6576 | www.nur-online. com

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