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Date and Location

September 21, 2023
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Rubenstein R-414 A.b


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This workshop will be led by Belle Lipton, GIS Outreach Librarian at the Harvard Map Collection.

​In this presentation, we will cover the top 5 questions researchers bring to librarians when trying to integrate GIS methods into their data workflows. We will build a baseline building-block knowledge of GIS data and its idiosyncrasies, and talk about some common problems these formats present when you are trying to wrangle GIS data for your project. This presentation will be software agnostic; we will be focusing on the concepts behind GIS data and common data cleaning workflows. We will be demoing these concepts using a number of different software — Google Sheets, OpenRefine, QGIS, R, and Python. You do not need any of this software on your computer to participate in the workshop, it will be a slide-show style format, with time for questions.

Participants will also come away with example code snippets for both Python and R, modeling how to work through common GIS and data cleaning problems. No knowledge of GIS is required. This presentation is designed for those looking to be more intentional about the ways they use GIS data in programmatic environments.

Accessibility: The HKS Library encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in our events. The workshop location is wheelchair/scooter accessible, and accessible restrooms are available. If we can make learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities), please email and we will attempt to provide them

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Speakers and Presenters

​Belle Lipton, GIS Outreach Librarian, Harvard Map Collection


Additional Organizers

​Harvard Map Collection