Introduction to GIS: MapInfo and ArcView

Course Summary:
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) have been used in archaeological fieldwork and heritage management since the early 1980s, but only recently have GIS applications been readily accessible on the desktop. GIS programs are now found throughout university departments, archaeological units, SMRs, and museums, but in most institutions only a limited number of individuals are experienced with their use.

This intensive two day course aims to make the functionality and power of GIS applications accessible to all archaeologists and heritage workers by providing a comprehensive and practical introduction to the management and analysis of spatial information.

The course will be of interest to anyone with exposure to spatial data. Some familiarity with spatial reference systems and databases is beneficial, but not required. Each introductory course is two days. See the links above for detailed course outlines, and information on how to register.

Learning Outcomes:
By the completion of the course, participants will have become familiar with GIS terminology and its application to archaeological practice and investigation. They will be comfortable working with spatial data in the specific GIS environment, and will be able to incorporate CAD data and information from external databases to create new data layers. They will be comfortable working in a spatial reference system and be able to explore further aspects of the application at their leisure. Skills obtained in this course will benefit students who wish to learn about CAD, field survey and/or landscape archaeology.