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WISERD TCB Event: Introduction to Spatial Data and Using R as a GIS

Room 1.84 GEOPL Computer Lab, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3WA


This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to use spatial data in their role. This includes academics, commercial users, government & other public sector researchers who have data with some spatial information (e.g. address, postcode, etc.) which they wish to show on a map. This course is also suitable for those who wish to have an overview of what spatial data can be used for.

You will be shown appropriate ways of using classification for choropleth maps, using loops in R to create multiple maps and some basic analysis. You will be using RStudio to work with the R environment. By the end of the course you will be able to load data into R, represent it effectively and be able to prepare an output quality map.

No experience of spatial data, GIS or scripting required. Some basic experience of using Google Earth / Maps would be beneficial.

The format will be as follows:

10:00am – 10:15am – Registration & Refreshments
10:15am – 11:00am – What is GIS & R?
11:00am – 11:30am – Practical 1: Introduction to GIS & R 
11:30am – 12:00pm – Classification
12:00pm – 12:30pm – Practical 1: Introduction to GIS & R (continued)
12:30pm – 1:30pm   – Lunch
1:30pm  –  1:45pm   – Recap and Making Maps
1:45pm  –  3:00pm  – Practical 2: Analysis
3:00pm  –  3:15pm  – Coffee
3:15pm  –  4:00/4:30pm – Practical 3: Bring your own data

To book on to this course please click here