Slice of Py Austin GIS User Group Python Workshop

Slice of Py Austin GIS User Group Python Workshop

Mar 9, 2018. | By: Admin

Austin GIS User Group on Meetup presents:

Slice of Py - Python for GIS Workshop

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What: This is a half-day beginner to advanced Python for GIS Workshop for both professionals and students. This workshop encompasses using the Jupyter Notebook Environment, ArcGIS Python API, and Amazon Web Services to help analyze and display your data. We will be working from the web browser.

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8:30am - 11:30am

Where: Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Building 205, Machine Room

Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is located in Austin, TX on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at 10100 Burnet Road. You may enter Pickle Research Campus via Burnet Road. After entering the gated campus, stop and inform the guard that you are a TACC visitor. To get to the Advanced Computing Building (ACB, Building 205), continue past the guard booth, and past the chain link gate to Exploration Way, then make a right. ACB is the second to last building on the right with the overhanging patios.

They have generously offered to give us use of a room and WiFi for the day - all you need to bring is your laptop and your willingness to learn!

Address: 10100 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78758 (Within the J.J. Pickle Research campus on Exploration Way.)

Here are the map and directions to TACC.

Parking on the Pickle Research Campus

When you arrive at ACB, you may park in the covered parking lot or on the street. Please obtain a parking pass from one of the kiosks. Walk up the pathway to the building entrance. Parking is $4/car with a credit card only. Cash will not be accepted.

Required: Bring your wireless-enabled laptop.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat today.


Beginner programmers who have limited or no programming experience.

We’ll set up your development environment on Saturday morning, then introduce you to Python and take breaks to practice concepts. We may break up into pairs when working on a short program filtering and cleaning data from a very large CSV file.

Our goal is to provide an environment in which beginners can develop their programming skills with confidence. You’ll leave with the resources you need to continue your programming education on your own and with your fellow students.

Workshop Program

8:30 AM Networking/Current Events

9:00 AM Session 1: Data Cleansing with Python in the Jupyter Notebook Environment. We will work with Python in the Jupyter Notebook environment and write a short program to filter and clean data from a(n extremely) large CSV file. No prior experience is necessary and only a web browser is required. Beginner Level

Mr. Joon-Yee Chuah, Texas Advanced Computing Center


10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM Session 2: Exploring the new ArcGIS Python API (Web-GIS). This is a great way for folks that don’t have any web development experience to put maps on the web. Access to a Jupyter instance via an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account will be provided. Students will work from a browser. Being somewhat familiar with ArcGIS Online is helpful but it’s not required. No experience required. Beginner/Advanced Level

Mr. Cole Howard, Drillinginfo


11:15 AM Closing Remarks


Mr. Joon-Yee Chuah, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Joon Yee Chuah is an education and outreach coordinator and technical writer for Texas Advanced Computing Center. He conducts computer science professional development for teachers and develops STEM curriculum for K-12 programs.

Cole Howard, Drillinginfo

Cole Howard is a data systems engineer for Drillinginfo. He has over 4 years of experience working with GIS systems, Python, Flask, PostgreSQL and others. He is also Esri Enterprise Administration and AWS Solutions Architect certified. On his free time, he is highly active in the GitHub community. - Github / Linkedin

Additional information:

Parking is $4/car.

Consider biking, carpooling, or taking CapMetro to the workshop.

Registration closes on March 25th at 11pm.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat today.


If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact Janny Phung at or call 832-231-3254.

Best regards,

Austin GIS User Group on Meetup

Special thanks goes to the instructors, SWIGGIS and URISA.


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