Introduction to Spatial Data & Using R as a GIS – June 2021

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).

The course will run in two parts:

  • Wed 2nd June 1pm – 4pm (UK time)
  • Fri 4th June 1pm – 4pm (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: Wed 2nd June
12:45pm – 1:00pm
Time to get setup, make sure audio and video is working
1:00pm – 1:45pm – What is GIS & R?Introduction to the course and to GIS within R
1:45pm – 2:30pm – Practical 1: Intro to GIS & RPractical session where you follow a workbook practical with one-to-one help from me
2:30pm – 2:45pm – Break
2:45pm – 3:15pm – Classification Discussion and exercise on choropleth maps
3:15pm – 4pm – Practical 2: Making a Map Practical session
Day 2: Fri 4th June
1pm – 1:20pm – Recap and Making MapsRecap presentation making maps in R
1:20pm – 2:30pm – Practical 3: Clustering of Crime Points Practical session
2:30pm – 2:45pm – Break
2:45am – 4pm – 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 Slack 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.