Local planners attend ArcGIS sessions

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) partnered with Mississippi State University to offer two ArcGIS workshops over the past few weeks- ArcGIS I: Introduction to ArcGIS and ArcGIS II: Essential Workflows.

CTP- ArcGIS 2014These workshops were taught by Gunnar Olson who works for the Geospatial Education and Outreach Project (GEO Project) which is a collaborative effort among the Geosystems Research Institute, the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Coordinating Council for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems.  The purpose of the project is to serve as the primary source for geospatial education and technical information for the citizens of Mississippi. This course is free for state and local government staff. Others receive the training at a reduced rate.

A total of 22 participants attended the two workshops, including city and state agency staff, university employees, and consultants. The purpose of the course was to teach fundamental skills needed to author, share, and use geographic information and maps across the ArcGIS system. Participants learned how to efficiently find, explore, manage, and analyze geographic data and create informative maps. The course also covered a variety of techniques to effectively share GIS maps and resources with decision makers, stakeholders, and the public.

All of the participants agreed or strongly agreed that attending the class was a good use of their time and that the class increased their understanding of ArcGIS. Every participants said that they learned something that they would apply in their work or future decisions.

The Reserve is planning to hold both of these workshops again later this summer. To learn more, join our CTP contact list or check the CTP Upcoming Events Web page.

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