The Geospatial Studio series offers the chance to learn cutting-edge techniques and software in the geospatial sciences, and get personalized help from our resident experts! With a particular focus on open source solutions, this series of workshops, live demonstrations, and short courses is hands-on and interactive. Presenters often provide practice data and written tutorials online, so that a wider community can review studio materials or teach themselves new concepts.
Introduction to GRASS GIS
GRASS GIS is a powerful open-source tool for performing geospatial analyses across a range of disciplines. Take your first steps in GRASS GIS by learning how to use this free software in our Geospatial Studio. Additional help materials are available at http://ncsu-geoforall-lab.github.io/grass-intro-workshop/.
Jumpstarting Metadata Creation with the NC Metadata Profile
Metadata –– data about data –– are important for tracking and sharing information. Learn how to use and apply the new North Carolina GIS Metadata Profile in this Geospatial Studio sponsored by NCDOT. The Studio covers the state of metadata in North Carolina, advances in metadata technologies and hands-on activities focused on the creation, editing, importing and assessment of high-quality metadata. More metadata training resources are available here: https://www.youtube.com/DEEGSNCCU
3D Visualization with Blender
Blender is an open-source 3D modeling, simulation and game-engine platform with the ability to integrate and visualize georeferenced information. With Blender you can easily import and intuitively interact with GIS data, and turn them into lifelike renderings of natural and urban landscapes. This Geospatial Studio will introduce you to the main features of Blender and provide simple tips for importing, shading and rendering geospatial data such as point-clouds, raster and vector data. Follow along with the GitHub tutorial: https://github.com/ptabriz/Geospatial_studio_blender
Mapping and Geospatial Visualization with QGIS
QGIS is a free and open source software for analyzing and visualizing your geospatial data. QGIS can be installed on multiple operating systems and has greater analytical capabilities than online mapping sites. Use these resources to learn some GIS fundamentals, how QGIS compares with other GIS software and how to get started using it. If you are interested in learning more about QGIS through NC State Libraries, you may request training here: go.ncsu.edu/dvs-request