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Mapping Michigan Communities: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analy

From: Gina Clemmer (New Urban Research, Inc.)
Subject: Mapping Michigan Communities: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis Workshop (June 2005)
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 13:43:19 -0700

Mapping Michigan Communities: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis Workshop (June 2005)

When:  June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2005 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) Note: This is a one day workshop. Please choose which date is most convenient for you.
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center - 2800 Livernois STE 250 Troy, MI 48083   
Fee:    $399 Checks, Credit Cards and Purchase Orders Accepted

How To Register? Visit www.urban-research.info to register online or call us toll free at 877-241-6576.

This fast paced, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants will learn the three core components of GIS: thematic mapping, geocoding (address mapping) and spatial querying. 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 9.0) software 30 day trial CD set, access to new 2004 Tiger/Line geography files (already converted to shapefiles) which include streets, zip codes, school districts, voting districts, census tracts and many other useful geographies.

The Mapping Michi gan Communities workshop will teach participants:

-The fundamentals of using ArcGIS (ArcView 9.0) the leading GIS software,

-How to thematically map and analyze a wide variety of Census data such as income, race, language and housing data (including how to download data from the Census),

-How to map addresses such as those of clients, volunteers, campaign donations and social service facilities as well as to identify gaps in coverage areas by zip code and other geographies,

-Best practices of creating informative and well designed maps for public dissemination. Class participants will review and critique several maps in an attempt to learn good map design,

-Where to get a wide selection of free geography files including new 2004 Tiger/Lines including streets, zip codes and all Census geography.

Workshop Agenda

Lesson 1
Learn the basic functions of ArcGIS
Setting up ArcMap
Adding data and geography layers
Working with Layouts

Lesson 2
Introduction to American Factfinder
Downloading Census and American Community Survey data to map
Downloading free geography files including tracts, zipcodes, blocks and several others
Preparing Census tract data in Excel to import into ArcGIS

Lesson 3
Joining data and geography files
Creating thematic (color shaded) maps to display data
Working with legends and interval breaks

Lesson 4
How to do common spatial queries

Lesson 5
Where to download free business addresses
Geocoding (address mapping)

Lesson 6
Elements of good maps including colors, fonts and map must haves
Critique of several maps

Praise for the Michigan Demographic Analysis Workshop

State of Michigan
"Fully enjoyable, totally useful and genuinely educational. Thank you for making my job a lot easier." 

State of Michigan, Dept of Community Health
"Excellent class. The instructor was knowledgeable, confident & perfectly paced."

Michigan Dept of Civil Rights
"Very useful information presented in a very informative way.Great job!"

NYU Institute for Education and Social Policy
"This workshop presented a clear and precise overview. It was very useful."

New Urban Research, Inc. is a social research company located in Portland, Oregon.  For more information about the workshop, who we are and what we do, check out our website at www.urban-research.info. New Urban Research, Inc. 3323 NE 33rd Ave Portland, OR  97212 | 877.241.6576 | address@hidden

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