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URISA Workshops

One-Day Workshop
7.5 hours

Registration & fee required

Continuing education units (CEUs): 0.75

GISCI educational achievement points: 0.1875

This class is eligible for GI Bill education and training benefits.

Patrick Jankanish or Greg Babinski, KCGIS Center


next date to be determined


An effective map portrays a place, delivers a message, or reveals a pattern with representational accuracy and visual clarity. How to make that happen is the subject of this workshop, a mix of lecture and exercises which gives GIS practitioners the practical information and techniques needed to create effective, successful maps in any display medium.


This workshop is designed for the individual who may be new to GIS or who has not had specific training in cartography, but needs to create maps to support GIS data analysis and display. It will also be useful for GIS managers to understand how to manage a major cartographic project effectively.

Topics Covered

  • The cartographic process
    • The form and function of maps
  • Map fundamentals
    • The spatial aspect of maps
    • The representational aspect of maps
    • The parts of a map
  • Map data
  • The process of making a map
    • Conceptualization and planning
    • Design
    • Production
    • Editing and quality assurance
    • Output and reproduction

Prerequisites and Recommendations


What You Will Receive

  • 7.5 hours of instruction from one of our URISA-certified instructors who are subject-matter experts and workshop authors.
  • A copy of the workshop presentation and exercises.
  • Upon completion, a signed completion certificate which will indicate the CEUs (0.75) and GISCI points (0.1875) earned.

Our Students Speak

“Great workshop. I really enjoyed the presentation.”

“Very good presentation....URISA workshops have always been useful and informative.”

“Brilliant! Engaging.”

“It was great that it wasn't software specific.”

“Just pure Cartography.”