GIS Institute Winter 2021


Tue - Fri, Jan 5 to Jan 15, 9:30am - 5:00pm



This is a virtual class without in-person attendance. Virtual classroom access links are emailed to all accepted students prior to January 5th.

GIS Institute Instructors:
    Scott Bell  and  Jill Kelly

Registration Schedule:

  1. Application deadline:  
    Friday, October 23, 2020, 11:59 pm (Late applications can join the waitlist.)
  2. Notification of acceptance
    Friday, November 6, 2020
  3. Registration fee due ($100 for Harvard affiliates and $3,150 for others) : 
    Friday, November 20, 2020 (Seat is guaranteed when registration fee is paid)
  4. Deadline for meeting with instructors to finalize project/data: 
    Friday, December 11, 2020
  5. Institute begins
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021
  6. Final project presentation
    Friday, January 15, 2021

How to Apply:

  • For Harvard Affiliates, please submit your application by clicking the GREEN "HARVARD APPLY"  button and following the instructions on the form (HUID login required).
  • For Non-Harvard applicants, please submit your application by clicking the BLUE "NON-HARVARD APPLY"  button and following the instructions on the form.




Lectures and Labs (complete package, a zip file of 20+MB)

Day One: Tuesday January 5th

9:30 am Welcome and Intro to GIS (lecture)

11:00 am Technology Check

12:00 pm Basic ArcGIS Overview (lab instructions)

3:00 pm Harvard Map Library

4:00 pm Project Forum (Group 1)

Day Two: Wednesday January 6th

9:30 am Check-in

10:00 am Geocoding and Georeferencing

11:00 am Mapping Tabular Data (lecture) (lab instructions)

1:00 pm Geocoding & Introduction to the Harvard GGA (lecture) (lab instructions and data)

2:30 pm Spatial Analysis 1: Vector Data (lecture)(lab instructions)

4:00 pm Project Forum (Group 2)

Day Three: Thursday January 7th

9:30 am Spatial Analysis 2: Raster Data (lab instructions)

11:00 am 3D Visualization (lab instructions)

12:00 pm Georeferencing (lab instructions)(lab data)

1:30 pm Check-in

2:00 pm Spatial Statistics 1: Overview and Exploratory Data Analysis

4:00 pm Project Forum (Group 3)

Day Four: Friday January 8th

9:30 am Project Forum (Group 4)

11:00 am Spatial Statistics 2: Autocorrelation & Regression

1:00 pm Cartography and Data Management

3:00 pm Project Forum (Group 5)

(abstract template


cga_projects_and_services_winter_institute_2021.pptx17.86 MB
geocoding_lab.zip3.39 MB
See also: GIS Institute