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GIS (Geographic Information Systems) & Remote Sensing: Training

This guide covers resources and tools helpful for people interested in GIS & remote sensing.

On Campus Training Resources

Regular on campus workshops are available at no cost to UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty through the GIF, the D-Lab, and the Library. Check the following calendars for upcoming workshops and events:

Learning ArcGIS

Online Training

How to Access

  1. Go to in order to activate your ArcGIS Online account and access to Esri's E-Learning materials. You can use your Calnet id and password to sign in.*
  2. Access web-based training materials through Esri E-Learning (Virtual Campus). (Note that our license gives us access to E-learning resources, but not Instructor-Led courses.) 
  3. When you are prompted to login, look for the box/button that says "Enterprise Login" and click on it.
  4. In the next page where it asks for your organization's URL, fill in the box so that the url reads and click continue. You should then be prompted to sign in with your Calnet information.

UCB Library GIS Workshop Materials

GIS & Mapping: Where to Start

Slides for an introductory workshop providing an overview of the GIS and digital mapping landscape as a whole, including:

  • which tools are out there and how to choose the right one for your needs
  • common terms used in the field
  • resources for learning how to get started mapping, and
  • where to go to find data to create your first project.

Interested in digital mapping and GIS (geographic information science), but not sure where to start? Have some experience, but want to learn more about what the campus has to offer? This virtual workshop is for you!

(Last updated August 2021)

Mapping Tabular Data with QGIS

Workshop materials and guide for how to perform table joins and spatial joins in QGIS. (Last updated March 2018)

Georectifying in Map Warper

Exercise that guides you through how to rectify map images in the browser-based tool called MapWarper and explores some of the advanced features, including cropping. (Last updated 2018)

Georeferencing with QGIS

Workshop materials and guide for how to use QGIS to georeference a scanned map. (Last updated 2016)

Georeferencing with ArcMap

Workshop materials and guide for how to use ArcMap to georeference a scanned map. (Last updated 2016)

GIS Tutorials from Around the Web

Learning QGIS

Learning R for Mapping & Spatial Analysis