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This session will focus on learning to think about geospatial projects and will demonstrate the data collection, creation, and mapping steps by:

  • Planning the menu (thinking about your sources and ideas),
  • Mise en place (structuring point data in a spreadsheet prior to GIS work),
  • Cooking (plotting, styling, or analyzing data),
  • Serving (sharing the end product or map)

Attendees are welcome to follow along as much as possible on their own computers. However, the outcome of this session is for attendees to gain confidence and awareness surrounding spatial and tabular thinking for geospatial projects by utilizing open resources. View session outline and resources:


  • Ability to use and navigate spreadsheet software, especially Google Sheets.
  • Prior experience with GIS or mapping is NOT required.
  • Experience with analysis, visualization, or complex software suites (e.g., Stata, R, Adobe Creative Suite) is recommended for participants who wish to fully participate.
  • Download AND install QGIS 3.X prior to start of session for full participation. This session will NOT provide a space for download and install assistance.

Equipment software: QGIS 3.X: (The instructor will use 3.10 Coruña but any prior 3.X version should work. DO NOT DOWNLOAD LATEST RELEASE, 3.16). View the NYU Data Services install guide for assistance:

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