Dear Campus Community:
UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab (IGTLab) is offering a free GIS workshop for the UTC campus community. What is GIS?
A geographic information system (GIS) is a system that creates, manages, analyzes, and maps all types of data. GIS connects data to a map, integrating location data (where things are) with all types of descriptive information (what things are like there). This provides a foundation for mapping and analysis that is used in science and almost every industry. GIS helps users understand patterns, relationships, and geographic context. The benefits include improved communication and efficiency as well as better management and decision making. -Esri
About the Workshop:
Attendees will learn how to access free GIS resources available to campus, how to implement GIS in the classroom, research, work activities and connect and learn about other available services offered by the IGTLab. This workshop is open to all user skill levels. Specifically, this 4-hour workshop will cover:
- Learn what GIS is and how you can apply it to your work.
- Learn about free GIS resources available to the campus community. I.e. software licenses, spatial data science, data collection and processing, data hosting, and visualizations.
- Get hands on with GIS. Work through an introductory overview course of GIS focused on ArcGIS Online.
- Spend time with IGTLab staff and learn about the services that IGTlab provides.
Workshop date: August 17, 2022
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Location: Multidisciplinary Research Building, IGTLab GIS teaching lab, room 102
Registration link, space is limited! : https://arcg.is/0TL8TG
About the Instructors:
Charlie Mix, UTC GIS Director: Charlie is the GIS Director for UTC and the IGTLab. He oversees GIS project development and management, spatial data analysis, modeling, cartography, GIS application development, partnership coordination, and GIS software, hardware, and data management for UTC’s campus and partners. Charlie earned his B.S. in Geography from Jacksonville State University and his professional background stems from the application of geography and GIS for natural resource management and protection. He has worked with numerous conservation organizations, NGOs, and agencies to help answer the question of “where.” Charlie has led numerous successful projects utilizing GIS and cartography for conservation and outdoor recreation planning, public health, environmental management, and community prosperity. His cartographic work has received international recognition through awards and publications.
Nyssa Hunt, UTC Assistant GIS Director: Nyssa’s years of research experience thus far have been gained from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, while exploring the many avenues of their Environmental Science program. In 2014, she earned her B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences and minors in Computer Science, Biology, and Geography, all of which allowed great immersion into fieldwork and the beginning phases of intensive GIS modeling. In Summer 2018, she earned an M.S. in Environmental Science, in which her thesis research focused on developing and assessing predictive spatial distribution models for an amphibian species listed as both rare and vulnerable in the state of Tennessee. From then onward, Nyssa has continued to work with conservation, recreation, and agricultural analysis for the greater Chattanooga region, collaborates with faculty, staff, and students on projects, and assists community organizations with GIS needs. She enjoys exploring new GIS technologies in machine and deep learning to go further with conservation GIS, and finding solutions to geospatial challenges. Additionally, she is a licensed Part 107 UAV pilot and is glad to assist on research projects in need of drone/UAV flights. Feel free to reach out to her if you ever have any GIS or drone/UAV related questions – she’s always happy to help out!