MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Spatial Data Tasting Menu: A quick dive into map-making tools for designers and planners

Wenfei Xu, Research Associate, Michael Foster, GIS Specialist

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: none

This is a workshop on the fundamental techniques and skills necessary for intelligent map-making and is intended to be a fast-paced, pragmatic approach to geography.  We will learn about the fundamental skills needed to create a static map from scratch in QGIS.  Building from an understanding of the GIS platform, spatial data and data formats, and cartographic standards and practices, we will then go through spatial analytic techniques that allow us to express meaningful ideas, find spatial connections, and create decision-making tools through data.    


The course will concentrate on the question of building vacancy and underutilization as it relates to the availability of institutional and private amenities in cities across China.  No prior knowledge of GIS is necessary.


Please sign up for the workshop here:


Instructors: Wenfei Xu and Michael Foster

Dates: January 23 - 27 daily, 2-5pm

Location: 9-554



Sponsor(s): Urban Studies and Planning
Contact: Wenfei Xu, 10-463, 312 307-3656, WENFEIXU@MIT.EDU

Day 1

Jan/23 Mon 02:00PM-04:30PM 9-554
Jan/24 Tue 02:00PM-04:30PM 9-554
Jan/25 Wed 02:00PM-04:30PM 9-554
Jan/26 Thu 02:00PM-04:30PM 9-554
Jan/27 Fri 02:00PM-04:30PM 9-554

Wenfei Xu - Research Associate