The School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) hosted a workshop in Introduction to Geographic Information systems (GIS) and remote sensing from 16th and 19th July 2018. The workshop was facilitated by guest scientists (researchers); Dr Bethany Melville and Mr Moritz Prüm from the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany. The purpose of this short course was to provide participants with a basic but critical overview of the field of geoinformatics and how it can be used to augment and/or complement their research initiatives. The course focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and cartography. Intended learning outcomes of the workshop were to:
- Have a basic understanding of the most common types of spatial datasets and what applications they can be used for;
- Acquire practical knowledge of basic GIS analysis and processing operations (e.g. digitization, attribute queries, basic topographic modelling, distance calculations);
- Acquire practical knowledge of basic remote sensing processing and analysis (e.g. raster stacking, basic data corrections, index calculation, image classification etc.);
- Understanding of data visualization, including basic cartographic design and presentation.
For hands-on learning, QGIS version 3 was used. QGIS is a free, open-source program (software) that can be used to perform GIS and Remote Sensing analysis, thus accessible and usable at no cost. SASS wishes to thank the facilitators of the workshop, as well as staff members and students who made it to the workshop. It is our sincere hope that some of the knowledge/skills acquired will be useful in the research life of participants.