Basic Geographic Information System for Conservation Biologists
Short course tailored to people with little or no experience with geographic information systems (GIS). The objective it to get participants started on basic GIS. Participants may also opt to register on the interactive section after the conference to work on their own GIS projects.
Pre-congress (before 25th July 2018)
Dr. Mariana M. Vale. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Laboratorio de Vertebrados, Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Max Capacity: 10
Minimum Required: 2
This one-day short course before the conference is tailored to ecologists and conservation biologists with little or no experience with geographic information systems (GIS). The objective of the course is to get participants started on basic GIS. It will be a hands-on course where participants will learn the basics of how to build a simple GIS project, where to find and how to import online datasets, how do perform basic GIS analysis with vector (shapefile) data, and how to layout and export results in map format. The course will use ArcGIS software, showing the basic elements of the software and how to overcome licensing limitations. Participants will have step-by-step guiding material to follow the proposed activities in their own rhythm with the help of the instructor, and keep as a memory of the tools explored during the course. The material will be in English but instructor speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Participants will need to use their own laptops and install a free trial version of the ArcGIS software. Additionally, participants may opt to register on the one-day interactive section after the LACCCB 2018 conference to work on individual GIS projects focused on the participant’s own research data and needs.