GIS Institute Winter 2023


Tue - Fri, Jan 3 to Jan 13, 9:30am - 5:00pm


CGIS Knafel Building, Room K050, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge MA 02138

GIS Institute Instructors:
    Scott Bell  and  Jill Kelly

Registration Schedule:

  1. Application deadline (extended):  
    Friday, October 28, 2022, 11:59 pm (Late applications may join the waitlist)
  2. Notification of acceptance
    Friday, November 4, 2022
  3. Registration fee due ($100 for Harvard affiliates and $3,150 for others) : 
    Friday, November 18, 2022 (Seat is guaranteed when registration fee is paid)
  4. Deadline for meeting with instructors to finalize project/data: 
    Friday, December 9, 2022
  5. Institute begins
    Tuesday, January 3, 2023
  6. Final project presentation
    Friday, January 13, 2023

General Program Description

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.


Our materials and recordings are archived here and on Zulip.

Day One: Tuesday January 3rd

9:30 am Welcome and Intro to GIS

11:00 am Technology Check

12:00 pm Basic ArcGIS Overview (First Maps, First Data:

3:00 pm Harvard Map Library

4:00 pm Project Forum (Group 1)

Day Two: Wednesday January 4th

9:30 am Geocoding and Georeferencing (Geocoding_and_Georeferencing_23.pptx)

11:00 am Mapping Tabular Data

Mapping Coordinate Data
-- demo (30 min)
-- lab
Joining Data
-- demo (33 min)
-- lab

1:00 pm Geocoding & Introduction to the Harvard GGA (Geocoding lab:

2:30 pm Spatial Analysis 1: Vector Data

-- demo (34 min)
-- lab

4:00 pm Project Forum (Group 2)

Day Three: Thursday January 5th

9:30 am Spatial Analysis 2: Raster Data

-- demo (approx. 50 min)
-- lab

11:00 am 3D Visualization

-- demo (~25 min)

12:00 pm Georeferencing and Digitizing (, practice data, wards)

4:00 pm Project Forum (Group 3)

Day Four: Friday January 6th

9:30 am Spatial Statistics 1: Overview and Exploratory Data Analysis (

11:00 am Spatial Statistics 2: Autocorrelation & Regression

1:00 pm ArcGIS Online

Powerpoint slides for the CGA Projects session

Zip file with the exercise and data for the Web Mapping with ArcGIS Online session

Demo on Maps and Dashboards:

Communicating Using StoryMaps:

Guide to Editing Map Legends:

3:00 pm Project Forum (Group 4)

(abstract template


See also: GIS Institute