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Learning GIS 

The Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies is committed to support training and education in GIS. We offer free workshops and Virtual Campus online training for Clemson's faculty, staff and students that ranges from introductory topics in GIS, to advanced analysis and modeling, to using High Performance Computing (HPC) and High Throughput Computing (HTC) for GIS processing jobs.

Free Access to ESRI E-Learning (Virtual Campus Training)

ESRI E-Learning offers many free online training courses which cover all aspects of GIS. Clemson faculty, staff and students can access all these free resources by creating a My Esri using their standard Clemson login information.


Click here for instructions on creating your My Esri account to access Esri E-Learning.

Hands-on GIS Workshops

We offer many free, hands-on workshops to help you become a knowledgeable, proficient GIS user. All of our workshops are offered on-demand. When there are at least four people interested in a workshop, we send out a Doodle poll to determine the best time for everyone.

Please use this form to register for our workshops. Students who attend some of our recommended workshops can earn a Certificate Of Attendance.


If you need help in any other topic related to GIS, please feel free to Contact us.

ArcGIS Desktop

Introduction to GIS
This workshop is for anyone new to GIS. Learn about applications of GIS, data types, and how to use tools in ArcGIS Desktop to make a map of spatial data.
Introduction to GIS for History
This is a workshop for people in the history department who wants to use GIS in their research. 
Introduction to GIS for Public Health
Understand the impact of geospatial analysis on public health and use of GIS in enhancing health practices. 
Introduction to GIS for Civil Engineering
This is an introductory workshop for people in civil engineering to learn about the capabilities of GIS and how they can be used.
Introduction to GIS for Archaeology
This is an introductory workshop for people in the archaeology department who wants to learn and use GIS in their research.
Introduction to GIS for the Military
This is a workshop for military veterans, cadets, and those interested in GIS technology within the armed forces. 
GIS Data Creation And Management
Learn to use the tools which turn images and tabluar data into spatial data by geo- referencing and geocoding, learn how to draw your own data, and gain skills in managing GIS data sets. 
Working with Tabular data
Tabular information is the basis of geographic features, allowing you to visualize, query, and analyze your data. Learn how to efficiently search, analyze, and use attribute data.
Introduction to Spatial Analysis 
Do you want to learn how to apply spatial analysis methods to solving geographic problems? Apply several tools  and learn spatial querying in this workshop.
Spatial Statistics with GIS 
Examine distributions, patterns, and relationships in spatial data and see how to identify if clusters and hot-spots are present in the data .
3D LiDAR Applications
Want to know which applications can be used on LiDAR systems? In this workshop you will explore LiDAR's unique abilities.
ESRI Business and Community Analyst
Explore ESRI's extensions to analyze site locations,demographic data, business data etc.

ArcGIS Pro

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro 
This workshop helps you explore tools to visualize, analyze, compile, and share your data, in both 2D and 3D environments.
Introduction to ArcGIS Pro for History
This is a workshop for people in the history department who wants to use GIS in their research. 
Introduction to ArcGIS Pro for Archaeology
Analyze clustering, proximity, orientation and other spatial relationships.

Advanced Data Collection (UAVs, LiDAR, GPS & Mobile Data Collection)

UAVs (Drones) and LiDAR for Mapping 
Learn how UAV's (drones) and LiDAR technology capture geospatial data and process sample data sets. See CCGT resources available to support your research.
Field Data Collection using GIS 
Use your iOS or android devices to collect data from the field and learn how to upload that data.

Data Visualization and Analytics

Cleaning data with Open Refine
Gather, visualize, and share data tables on the web as interactive displays and maps using Google Fusion Tables.
Tableau is a software package for rapidly and intuitively visualizing and analyzing data using drag-and-drop operations.
ESRI Story Maps 
Learn how to build your own story map using ArcGIS Online. Learn the basics plus tips and tricks to turn your story map into a polished communication product.
ESRI Maps for Office
Make interactive maps of your spreadsheet data right in Excel. With a few clicks create color-coded, point, clustered-point, and heat maps and gain visual insights about your data.
Getting and Visualizing Worldwide Census and Survey Data
Learn how to get data with IPUMS and visualize it using Tableau.

Open Source GIS 

Introduction to QGIS
This is a free and open source for GIS technology available for Mac, Windows and Linux. 
Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis
Learn R that provides a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible.

Web Mapping Applications

Introduction to ArcGIS Online and Story Maps
Create, visualize, analyze your data on a browser using ArcGIS Online. This workshop helps you in creating your own interactive web maps and apps. Register...
Introduction to ArcGIS Online for History
This an hands-on workshop to create your own interactive maps with ArcGIS Online. 
Introduction to ArcGIS Online for
Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
Explore the use of GIS apps that helps to research parks and landscapes.
Introduction to ArcGIS Online for 
This is an hands-on workshop to create your own interactive maps with ArcGIS Online. 



Introduction to Python for ArcGIS
This workshop is designed to get the basic idea of python scripting for geoprocessing tasks. 
Introduction to Python for HTC
Quick introduction to python and how it can be used for algorithm development especially in parallel programming. 
Introduction to High Throughput Computing with ArcGIS
Introduction on how HTCondor can be used to greatly reduce the processing time for intensive ArcGIS jobs.
High Performance Computing with Spatial Data
Learn to use Palmetto Cluster to expolit spatial data using R with multiple cores for spatial calculations.

GIS for Engineering and the Environment

Introduction to GIS for Environmental Engineering
Explore the use of GIS technology for environmental engineers.
GIS Data Creation and Management
Learn how to import external data sources into GIS, including tabular data, images, photos, and spreadsheets.
Working with Tabular Data
Master how to geocode tabular data based on descriptive geographic fields, such as addresses or zip codes.
Field Data Collection in GIS
Gather hands-on experience on ways to use smartphones and tablets in the field to accurately and efficiently collect
Basic Spatial Analysis
Learn how
spatial analysis tools are used to solve geographic problems. 
Intermediate Spatial Analysis
Continue on building your spatial analysis skills by learning more advanced analyses, such as how to perform
interpolation of numerical data  
3D Cloud LIDAR
Learn how to create and manage 3D LiDAR point cloud datasets in GIS and derive high-resolution
elevation models for spatial analysis.
Story Maps with Climate Data 
Create a story map that displays four possible future climates depending on how much greenhouse
gases are emitted in the years to come. 
Data Analytics with Tableau
Gain a thorough introduction to data analysis and visual design in Tableau, and learn how to build interactive dashboards and stories with your tabular data. 

GIS Resources by Subject

This will help you in finding information and key resources in your Geographical Information System (GIS) research. Explore the following list for data resources, tutorials, books and projects related to specific disciplines or subjects.


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