Introduction to Spatial Data & Using R as a GIS – Feb 2022

In this two part course we will explore how to use R to import, manage and process spatial data. We will also cover the process of making choropleth maps, as well as some basic spatial analysis. Finally, we will cover the use of loops to make multiple maps quickly and easily, one of the major benefits of using a scripting language to make maps, rather than traditional graphic point-and-click interface.

No previous experience of coding is required, although participants would benefit from some experience of using spatial data (e.g. Google Maps).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use R to read in CSV data & spatial data
  • Know how to plot spatial data using R
  • Join spatial data to attribute data
  • Customize colour and classification methods
  • Understand how to use loops to make multiple maps
  • Know how to reproject spatial data
  • Be able to perform point in polygon operations
  • Know how to write shape files
  • Know how create a ‘heat-map’ using point data

The course will run in two parts:

  • Tue 1st February 2022, 10am – 1pm (UK time)
  • Wed 2nd February 2022, 10am – 1pm (UK time)

The costs are:

  • Standard registration – £170
  • Students – £90

The cost includes 2 x 3 hour sessions with small group tuition, and a one hour individual session with me up to 1 month after the course to talk through your project or other GIS work in more detail. Videos of the sessions will also be available to participants for up to 3 months after the course.

Note: you have to have signed up for a place and paid to take part.

To register, please fill in the registration form.

If you have any questions, please email me for more details:

Schedule and More Details

Day 1: Tue 2nd February
9:45am – 10:00am
Time to get setup, make sure audio and video is working
10:00am – 10:45am – What is GIS & R?Introduction to the course and to GIS within R
10:45am – 11:30am – Practical 1: Intro to GIS & RPractical session where you follow a workbook practical with one-to-one help from me
11:30am – 11:45am – Break
11:45am – 12:15pm – Classification Discussion and exercise on choropleth maps
12:15pm – 1pm – Practical 2: Making a Map Practical session
Day 2: Wed 3rd February
10:00am – 10:20am – Recap and Making MapsRecap presentation making maps in R
10:20am – 11:30am – Practical 3: Clustering of Crime Points Practical session
11:30am – 11:45am – Break
11:45am – 1pm – Practical 4: Working with your own data Practical session and time to work with your own data with me

We will be using Zoom for the sessions, and to take part, you will need to install R and RStudio on your computer. More details on both of these will be sent out in advance of the course.

Before, during and for at least three months after the course you will have access to a private discussion group where you can ask questions, network with others on the course and get one-to-one support from me.

During the practical sessions, there will be a workbook for you to go through (with me available to help). It will be helpful for you to have a second monitor available so you can have your RStudio window on one screen and the workbook open on the other. If you do not have a second monitor, you can print the workbook, or I can post you a printed copy (an additional charge may be made for posting outside the UK). Please contact me for details.

The day will be structured with a mixture of presentations (from me) and time to work on practical exercises. The group is limited to 12 participants, so I will have time to help each of you individually with your work.

If you have any questions about the plan or how things will work, please email me.