This will be an introductory workshop, no prior GIS knowledge is needed. In this workshop, we will present the basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems. We will discuss file formats, data types, open source data, basic data visualization, attribute tables, projections, and coordinate systems. Time permitting, we will also learn about thematic maps and data classification, and we will explore and interpret some aspects of cartography, such as map layout, text, and color. We will be using QGIS, a freely available GIS application. Please bring a laptop. If you don’t have one, some laptops will be available to borrow.