The ‘Data for Decisions’ GIS Workshop is aimed at planners, policy and decision makers, local partnerships and local authorities researchers and private consultants who are interested in getting a better handle on Irish spatial data and the potential of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to aid in evidence informed decision making.The workshop is designed around the free and open source Quantum GIS (QGIS) software package and is pitched at those with little or no GIS experience.

The workshop will include; a basic introduction to GIS, a thorough overview of statistical datasets in Ireland and a series of sessions on using QGIS for manipulating and analysing ‘socio-demographic’ spatial datasets. On completion of the one day workshop users will have a much greater understanding of spatial data in Ireland and will be able to execute many of the basic functionalites in QGIS such data importing, data management, data analysis and high quality thematic map development.

Costs: The individual cost per attendee is €295. We can also deliver private group sessions, contact AIRO for more details.

Class size: We try to limit the workshop size to 10 (to ensure we can provide support to all attendees during the practical exercises)

IT requirements: You will be required to have your own laptop with QGIS downloaded prior to the workshop. We can provide guidance to this once you have registered to attend.

Location: NIRSA, Iontas Building, North Campus, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, Co Kildare

Next dates: September 30th 2013, October 30th 2013 and November 26th 2013

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