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Welcome to the University of Texas Libraries' GIS and Geospatial Data Services LibGuide homepage. This page provide links to all of the UT Libraries' GIS related resources so that everything is easy to find from this one, central starting point. If you find yourself frequently looking for geospatial information on this page or on any linked pages, you should consider adding a bookmark in your browser so that you can reach this page more easily the next time you need to return to it. In the left column menu you will find links to all GIS related LibGuides. If you have specific geospatial research questions you can set up a personalized research consultation by clicking the Email Me button and describing your particular research project. If you want to stay up to date about GIS relevant news on campus, visit https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/info/gis-users to subscribe to the UT GIS user email list.

Important Fall 2020 Information

The Fall 2020 semester will be very different than a typical semester due to COVID-19 related changes to campus operations, but the Libraries is still very much available to provide GIS support and geospatial research assistance. If you need to utilize GIS software you can follow the links at the top left of this page to reach guides which provide step-by-step instructions for installing GIS software on a personal computer. If you need to use GIS software on campus you can still visit a UT Libraries computer lab which has QGIS, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcMap, though our labs will be at reduced capacity to allow for greater social distancing. You also now have the ability to remotely connect to a Libraries computer in the PCL Windows Lab to use GIS software in you prefer - see the following guide for details. Personalized research consultations are still available remotely via Zoom and can be arranged by clicking the "Schedule Appointment" button in the right column of this guide. Finally, while we will not be having in-person events this semester, we will still be holding virtual Zoom events that are of relevance for geospatial researchers, including Data & Donuts workshops and virtual events on GIS Day (November 18th) - see the events calendar below for more event information.

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

All Fall 2020 events will be held virtually via Zoom. Please check back soon for event registration links. To receive the latest UT GIS event announcements in your inbox sign up for the ut-gis-events mailing list by visiting https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/info/ut-gis-events
Fall 2020
Instructor: Michael Shensky
Date: 9/11/2020 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Series: Data & Donuts
Downloads:
When you start working with large datasets or need to develop reproducible workflows, the ability to develop scripted processes for data processing and analysis can be essential. Tune in for this workshop to learn the basics of using Python, a popular free and open source scripting language to work with data.
Instructor: Emily Javan
Date: 9/25/2020 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Series: Data & Donuts
Downloads:
R is a free and open source programming language and robust software environment that allows for development of scripted reproducible data science workflows. Join us for this workshop which illustrates the power of R through a demonstration which will show how it can be used to map publicly available COVID data.
Instructor: Michael Shensky
Date: 10/9/2020 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Series: Data & Donuts
Downloads:
This workshop will go beyond the basics of Python to introduce attendees to the data visualization capabilities provided by packages like the Plotly graphing library. It will cover the process of installing new packages to extend the functionality of your Python installation and demonstrate the advantages of scripted data visualization.

*Please note that this workshop is not specifically focused on geospatial applications but is of potential relevance to those carrying out geospatial research.
Instructor: Josh Conrad
Date: 10/23/2020 (Fri.)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Virtual Workshop)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Series: Data & Donuts
Zoom Link: Webinar Registration
Using Texas original land survey data, digitized historic maps, and current land parcel data, this workshop will show how GIS can be used to construct a historical model of land use in Texas. The workshop will introduce several GIS operations, including georeferencing and spatial querying, that can help us connect the present with the past.

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