Binghamton University offers global information systems workshops


Binghamton University’s global information systems (GIS) facility will offer three workshops in June.

“An Introduction to ArcView” will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 25. The workshop will introduce new users to ArcView GIS 3.2, the most commonly used GIS software package used for viewing and manipulating spatial data. Participants, who should have basic introductory knowledge of GIS, will learn how to navigate ArcView’s documents, menus and toolbars; customize the interface; add files; and create thematic maps and layouts. Considerable hands-on experience is provided through the use of lab exercises. This workshop is a prerequisite for Intermediate ArcView.

“Intermediate ArcView” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 26. The workshop covers topics such as learning how to add global positioning systems (GPS) data and other data tables to a project; creating, editing and linking tables; how to plot tabular data containing coordinate pairs or addresses as points on a map; creating attribute and locational queries; creating new data using geoprocessing tools, and analyzing data using a variety of geospatial techniques.

“Introduction to GPS” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 27. This hands-on workshop will introduce the theory behind GPS and show participants how to use a GPS in the field, from satellite constellations to plotting GPS data. Users will learn how to set up a data dictionary, collect data, post process data and map it as a useable GIS data layer.

All workshops will be held in room 206A in the Student Wing on the University campus. Registration is $50 per workshop or $100 for all three. For more information or to register, call Kevin Heard at 607-777-3536 or e-mail

Complete details can also be found on the GIS website at

Last Updated: 9/17/13