Why of Where: Bring Your Own Projects

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Whether you’ve got a project involving local history, community improvement, the environment, or just about anything else you can think of, this workshop will help you take it to the next level by using geospatial analysis and location-based technologies. By sharing your project ideas with the trainers through the required Project Checklist, they will be prepared to work with the specifics of your project. You will learn how to apply the “geographic approach” and the power of ArcGIS software to your project. Special attention will be spent on finding and developing data for your project, using ArcGIS Model Builder and geoprocessing tools to analyze problems, propose solutions, and share your solutions with online interactive web mapping applications.


Bring your ideas, bring your data, and they’ll help you take it to the next level! The Why of Where series moves beyond “technology training” to project training using advanced tools. Moving beyond simple point and click operations, this series is designed to assist students through the “process of analysis” to improve their skills in project development using ArcGIS.


 In the past, we’ve always had a project “theme” for each workshop, such as disaster, history, health, etc. This year, there are only be two variants of Why of Where workshops: One specifically for this year’s National Service Project, and this one, for all other student-selected projects.


Each registered school will send a team of 2 to 4 students who plan to start or are already working on a project which will include a strong geospatial component. Teams from each school will work on their projects while having access to and being assisted by GIS professionals. These projects will then be published online as Story Maps, or other mapping apps, to support their local communities and to share with other students throughout EAST.


 Students attending these workshops are expected to continue, customize, and grow their project upon return to their school. CAST staff will provide regular post-workshop support and follow-up with students to assist, review, and encourage them in their projects. Online maps from the students’ projects will be featured on the EAST website.

Items to Bring:  Project Ideas

Pre-Requisite: N/A

CAST Thu, Nov 9, 2017 - Fri, Nov 10, 2017 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM Main Room Fayetteville Training Center Fayetteville, AR

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