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UMFK to offer GIS workshop in May

April 17, 2008


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer a Geographic Information System (GIS) workshop, which will be offered on Monday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 20 at the UMFK GIS lab in Cyr Hall. Each session runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $185, which includes all required materials.  

The workshop will focus on using ArcGIS, a professional level GIS software package.  During the two days, students will be introduced to the system through both a brief lecture on concepts and extensive hands-on experience.  No extensive prior GIS experience is required, but basic experience in the Windows environment is needed. 

“This is the fourth in a series of successful training sessions designed for community members and regional professionals over the past five years,” said Dave Hobbins, instructor and professor of forestry and environmental studies. 

“The past two summers the campus has offered workshops on Global Position Systems (GPS) and introductory GIS. This year the workshop is geared to land managers, consultants, government officials, and other professionals seeking introductory training in GIS with professional level software,” added Hobbins. 

Each session includes some lecture time followed by extensive hands-on training. Topics covered will include the components and applications of GIS; evaluation of data quality; metadata; communicating with maps including the basic elements of maps; introduction to ArcMap and ArcCatalog; creating and editing a Geodatabase; and spatial and non-spatial queries and analysis. 

Training on the professional level GIS software is traditionally offered by commercial vendors for thousands of dollars at premium prices.  The sessions are offered at a reasonable cost as part of the University’s commitment to community outreach. 

UMFK also offers more advanced courses in GIS, at its state-of-the-art computer facilities during each spring.  Such courses, most often taken by college students, also are open to others who may want more in-depth training.         

The workshop is limited to 15 people.  The registration deadline is Thursday, May 15.  Call Don Eno at the Academic Outreach Office at 834-7835 to register or for more information.