Mapping California Communities Is Focus Of Introductory GIS Workshop

Mapping California Communities Is Focus Of Introductory GIS Workshop

New Urban Research Inc. of Portland, Oregon

Mapping California Communities will be the focus of beginner-level workshops offered in various California cities and designed to teach the fundamentals of using GIS and Census data for community analysis. Presented by New Urban Research Inc. of Portland, Ore., the workshop is designed for social service providers, academic researchers, urban planners and anyone who performs community demographic analysis for governmental or private organizations.

"Mapping California Communities: Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis" will be offered in all major California cities throughout the summer. Each workshop lasts one day and costs $399 per person. No previous GIS experience is necessary. Information and registration are available at

"Any organization that seeks federal funding to perform public health, economic or educational development is required to provide demographic analysis on populations within specific geographic areas," said Gina Clemmer, President of New Urban Research. "We teach students how to access Census data files online and then use the GIS to extract specific demographic information and map the results down to the neighborhood level."

New Urban Research, a professional social research organization, customizes the GIS exercises and demonstrations in each class with geographic and mapping data relating to the state where the workshop is being held. During the class, participants will be shown how to download Census data relating to poverty, race, language, education and other variables for their communities and integrate these files with their own data sets for analysis in the GIS.

Using ESRI ArcGIS 9.2 software, participants will leave the class with a thorough understanding of three core GIS applications:

-- Thematic Mapping – Attendees will create color-coded maps of their data that displays information trends.

-- Geocoding – Attendees will map the addresses of their projects, clients or incident areas.

-- Spatial Analysis – Attendees will extract and map subsets of variables from Census data.

About New Urban Research Inc.
New Urban Research is a professional social research organization with an emphasis on geographic information systems (GIS). It specializes in offering one-day workshops for service providers, planners and researchers who want to analyze their communities with Census Data and GIS in the areas of health, poverty, housing, discrimination, and other advocacy work. New Urban Research is also an ESRI business partner. For more information, visit

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For more information contact:

Gina Clemmer
New Urban Research Inc. of Portland, Oregon
3323 NE 33rd Ave
Oregon 97212

Phone: 877-241-6576
Email: [email protected]

Posted May 22, 2007

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