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Web Mapping workshop series

This Web GIS workshop series was first launched in Spring 2021, and due its popularity, we're running it again. Join us to learn web mapping skills! 

What is Web GIS and why it matters? 

GIS stands for Geographic Information System, and Web GIS, as the name suggests, is the combination of the web and GIS. 

With the rapid development of Web GIS technologies in the past decade, the bar to practicing GIS or map making has been significantly lowered: unlike traditional desktop GIS software, user-friendly cartography tools such as Google Maps, CartoDB, Mapbox, and ArcGIS Online typically have a shallow learning curve. In other words, evolutionary internet technologies have driven GIS to expand far beyond the professional GIS community. Many individuals who lack traditional GIS training- engineers, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers- have been involved in web cartography work. 

Aside from the fact that web cartography tools are easier to learn, web mapping technologies can also help you communicate your research. For more details, read this blog post Leveraging Web Mapping Technologies to Communicate Your Research: Introducing our new Web GIS Workshop Series

Web Mapping workshop series

In the past decade, revolutionary internet technologies have driven Geographic Information System (GIS) to expand far beyond the professional GIS community. Many individuals who lack traditional GIS training -- engineers, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers -- have been involved in web cartography work. The empowerment is fueled by geospatially enabled technologies such as Global Positional Systems (GPS), the Internet, and user-friendly cartography tools. This workshop series will give you a taste of this new ecosystem, introducing you to a range of concepts, tools, and skills which include how web map is structured, how to create one, how to collaboratively collect field data and populate to a shared web map, and how to combine maps and digital storytelling to communicate your research.

All workshops in this series are designed for beginners - no previous GIS knowledge is required. Attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

Intro to ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online: working with imagery in the cloud [Online]

About the workshop

ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online is a new software as a solution (SaaS) that provides users with a powerful way to host, analyze, and stream imagery and raster collections using the ArcGIS Online cloud. 

As opposed to the conventional way of storing and analyzing imagery locally, this tool allows you to host and stream your imagery and raster collections as titled or dynamic imagery layers ready for immediate visualization and analysis. Come to this workshop to learn how to take advantage of this new SaaS software and discover what ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online can do for your imagery workflow!   

Learning objectives

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to: 

  1. Understand how to host imagery on ArcGIS Online as tiled and dynamic layers 
  2. Perform a few analyses on hosted imagery on ArcGIS Online to generate insights from the results.  
  3. Understand how to integrate imagery into your storytelling (for example, as an interactive web app).  

Target audience

This workshop has been designed for those with little or no prior experience with remote sensing or raster analysis. It may also be of interest to those already familiar with imagery workflow but interested in exploring this cloud-based imagery tool. 



An ArcGIS Online account. SFU students, staff and faculty are eligible for ArcGIS Online accounts for free of charge. If you don’t already have an existing ArcGIS Online account, you can log into ArcGIS Online with your SFU computing ID. For instructions on how to get access to it, refer to this page: 

Register for upcoming workshops

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Spring term