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Hands On Workshops

These hands on workshops were taught in a computer lab with pre-configured computers. 

To find a specific presentation by instructor or key word, use the search at the top of the page. 


Join us in the 8th installment of the Doing-GIS-the-Database-Way workshop series!  This time, we will first introduce NoSQL database technologies in general, before zooming on to Neo4J.  The lab work will lead us to visualize and query very large geospatial data stored in Neo4J server within the Esri environment.  Prerequisite: curiosity!


AZGIV and EMAP are two applications that are recent additions to the thriving Arizona Geospatial Ecosystem.    AZGIV assists members in the NG911 or ARNOLD integration communities in enhancing their data submittal quality and efficiency through an online collaboration platform.  EMAP (EMergency Address Portal) assists the Arizona public safety community to improve their GIS data for emergency responses through online crowd-sourcing and collaboration.

File Size:
41.72 MB

Esri story maps are ideal tools for communicating location-based information. Story maps are used by a variety of organizations and agencies to help the public understand their purpose, current projects, and the results of past projects. This session will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a simple story map using esri’s basic map tour template. This session will cover how to access and select an appropriate story map template, work with spatially- and non-spatially-aware images, and how to configure text, maps, and sharing information associated with a story map

File Size:
11.37 MB

Survey123 for ArcGIS allows the user to create simple, location-based surveys from within Esri's ArcGIS Online environment. Surveys can be shared to a specific group or the general public and the data gathered can be downloaded to Excel for more robust data analysis. This session will provide step-by-step instructions for creating a simple survey that uses single- and multi-text, multiple choice, and images as part of the data collection process. At the end of the session you will learn how to access and configure a simple survey from within the Survey123 for ArcGIS within Esri's ArcGIS Online environment. You will develop and share a simple survey and download the results into an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis.


Structured Query Language (SQL), together with the PostGIS spatial extension to the open-source PostgreSQL relational database system, is the ultimate geospatial data storage and query technology combination that can be used with any proprietary or non-proprietary GIS software. In fact, learning spatial SQL will change the way you think about GIS data queries and replace many of those "wizards" that may have limited your approach thus far to GIS. This half-day workshop will explain the fundamentals of spatial SQL and PostGIS by stepping through a comprehensive GIS data storage and analysis scenario on lab computers installed with the latest versions of PostgreSQL and PostGIS.


Words. Words. Words. In a society of click-bait headlines and memes, less words and better visuals will make your project stand out. Come discover the power of data visualization and how to harness that power to turn a good chart, map, or presentation into something great. After 3 full days of technical workshops and presentations, it's time to get creative and have some fun in this final hands-on workshop of the symposium! These last 90 minutes are going to fly by as you learn the fundamentals of data visualization and get hands-on experience making better charts, maps, and presentations.

It doesn't matter if you're a graphic design wizard or can barely draw a stick figure, by the time it's all over, you will know how to present your data with effective visualizations that convey your analysis in a visually appealing and easily understood manner. 

Note: The exercises in this workshop use Microsoft Excel and ArcMap 10.7

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