Junior Methods Workshop: An Introduction to Spatial Analysis, Mapping, and Community Data Resources


Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:00pm to 9:00pm


WJH 305

Dr. Matthew Kaliner (Sociology)

This workshop will introduce you to basic spatial analysis and mapping strategies to help you identify cases to study, discover patterns in your research, contextualize your findings, and present your work in visually compelling ways. We will start with Social Explorer, World Map, and the Census’s American Fact Finder, demonstrating how to find the demographic profile of a community, its segregation level, or its patterns of change over time. You will learn how to create maps within these programs for inclusion in your thesis or tutorial paper, and how to find geographical datasets for further analysis. We will conclude by considering how spatial analysis can complement an ethnographic or historical project.