GIS II: The Blue Death and the Original GIS

John Snow’s investigation of cholera in 1850s London used analysis techniques that would now likely entail use of geographic information systems (GIS), as well as laying the foundation for modern epidemiology. Snow’s analysis demonstrates the power of maps and the underlying information, to visualize and solve complicated problems. Skills covered include:

--Map XY (latitude/longitude) data

--Connect to base map data online

--Set map projection

--Display data by attribute values

--Create spatial and attribute data

--Incorporate and explore related historical maps

--Formulate geospatial questions

--Perform basic spatial analysis

--Buffer a layer

--Build spatial query

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.

Attend Introductory GIS Workshop if possible: or take a tutorial.

Will help immensely to be tech-saavy and have had some GIS experience.