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NMLTAP Center Training

Upcoming Courses

We are continuing to develop a new set of trainings to be held in 2018. Please contact us for additional training requests. Sign up for courses by selecting the date and time below. 

Open Source and Free GIS Software and Applications

Open source and free software has gained popularity in recent years, because it is free and compatible with different operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The course objective is to introduce students to the acquisition, editing, manipulation, and display and analysis of spatial information using Free Open Source Geographic Information Systems software (FOSS GIS). This course is designed to be an introduction to these technologies, primarily for students interested in infrastructure management, environmental management, public policy and administration, and nonprofit management, fields that GIS is becoming a critical tool. In addition, given this is a hands-on course, it is designed specifically to focus on nonprofit management, where the cost and accessibility of FOSS GIS may be particularly beneficial. It also teaches the following essential skills of operating a functional GIS using QGIS (formerly Quantum GIS, www.qgiw.org) software package. 

  • Spatial data acquisition
  • Spatial data editing, QA/QC, and basic metadata
  • Spatial data query and visualization
  • Basic spatial analysis
  • Map design
Date and Time: November 14, 2018 Location: Albuquerque, NM

Introduction to Online Mapping

Online mapping or Web mapping is a process of compiling and delivering geo-spatial data in the form of an interactive web application. Online mapping services allow users to interact with geographic data, query data, finding landmarks, obtaining addresses, etc. This course provides information on current and emerging online mapping technologies and capabilities. The emphasis of this class will be hands-on experience in the following aspects of Internet-enabled mapping:

  • The basic concepts behind web mapping technologies that enable the delivery of maps and mapped data through web browsers
  • The Open Standards that facilitate the exchange of map images and geospatial data over the internet
  • The use of published standards-based services in desktop mapping applications that implement those standards
  • The deployment of Web-based geospatial map and data services
  • Creating, Editing, and Updating data online 
Date and Time: December 4, 2018 Location: Albuquerque, NM

Introduction to GIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based technologies to collect, integrate, analyze, query, model, and visualize geographic data. GIS is widely used to explore the relationships between where features are (location, size, and shape) and what they represent (descriptive information known as attribute data). This course provides an introduction to the concepts, principles, and theories of GIS, with emphasis on the nature of geographic information, data models and structures for storing geographic information, geographic data editing and manipulation, and simple spatial analysis and modeling techniques. Upon completion, students will have the ability to identify geospatial products/applications, conduct typical GIS analyses, and understand the differences between raster and vector data models. It also teaches the following essential skills of operating a functional GIS through the use of ArcGIS software package:

  • Spatial data acquisition
  • Spatial data editing, QA/QC, and basic metadata
  • Spatial data query and visualization
  • Basic spatial analysis
  • Map design
Date and Time: December 12, 2018            Location:  Las Cruces, NM