Tue 23 Nov 2021 09:00
Event type:

Online workshop

Target Group(s):

Data users

Skill level(s):



Online / any




GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences


Online workshop: Using the statistical language R as a Geographic Information System

This event is a hands-on workshop on Geographic Information Systems for social scientists with some experience in R.

Geospatial data have become an emerging topic in social science research. When we aim to use these data in our study, we have to rely on a set of analytical skills facilitated by the exploitation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). We also have to be aware of changes in our data management workflows, originating in issues concerning data privacy and new data types. Meanwhile, GIS is a collection of tools to visualize, process, and analyze geospatial data. Yet, using GIS can get intimidating since we often have to rely on foreign software solutions to achieve our geospatial data processing goals. The good news is that we can also use the statistical software R as a proper GIS nowadays. Over the last years, the range of supported file formats in R was expanded. Most importantly, it became so much easier to wrangle complex geospatial data. In this course, participants will learn about using R as a GIS and applying some first geospatial methods. They will also learn about the most common data formats, import data, and process them for further analysis, and also creating maps and other features.

The program:
09:00-09:30: Introduction: Data Management & Geospatial Data
09:30-09:35: Exercise 1: R Warm up
09:35-10:00: Data Processing & Spatial Linking
10:00-10:30: Exercise 2: Geospatial Data Wrangling
10:30-10:45: Break
10:45-11:15: Easy Maps
11:15-11:45: Exercise 3: Build your own map
11:45-12:00: Closing, Q & A

Presenter: Dr Stefan Jünger, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

This event takes place online and starts on November 23 at 9:00 CEST. Registration is open now!