GIS Lab Open (Office) Hours

Need help with GIS? See examples below. Come during these open lab hours, or schedule another time that works for you (email

  • Finding GIS and tabular data on the web
  • Managing and organizing GIS and related data files (tabular data, metadata), organizing GIS data
  • Choosing and using GIS software and associated mapping tools
  • Visualizing XY, lat/long, GPS data
  • Linking location data in spreadsheet to a GIS layer
  • Georeferencing scanned maps
  • Creating data, editing tables, calculating field values
  • Clipping and extracting data by geography, feature or attribute
  • Converting among various vector and raster formats (shapefile, coverage, grid, tiff…)
  • Working with projections and coordinate systems
  • Help with spatial analysis (How many fire stations are within city limits? What are the historical precipitation values for my study sites? How many people live within one mile of a bus stop?) and other questions of distance, area, proximity
  • Using common keyboard shortcuts in ArcGIS (applicable in many other programs)

Please sign up if you plan to come. It’s okay if you sign up but can’t make it. The GIS and Data Lab is on the first floor of Anschutz Library in room 105 (

Category(s):Data Analysis and Statistics


We highly recommend that you attend any prerequisite workshops listed below since familiarity with the skills and concepts taught in them is essential to benefit fully from subsequent workshops.

However, if you have independently learned the skills and concepts of the required workshop(s), your "equivalent skills" will be accepted as a substitute for attending the prerequisite workshop(s).

To help you determine your skill level, click workshop titles below (if any) for descriptions which outline the topics taught in each workshop and that are assumed in later sessions. You are expected to know the commands and concepts listed within the descriptions for the prerequisite workshop. In most cases, you can also refer to workshop handouts and other helpful materials from the workshop description page.

In addition to any specific prerequisites listed, you should have, as a minimum, basic computing skills.