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Mapa’t! An Introduction to Digital Cartography for Research, Work and Fun -CANCEL·LAT-

Mapa’t! An Introduction to Digital Cartography for Research, Work and Fun -CANCEL·LAT-


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A hands-on introduction to the art and science of digital mapmaking using open source tools. Students will learn to build powerful maps for academic research, policymaking, and business, as well as for the sheer pleasure of making beautiful representations of the world.


The course will be taught using QGIS, R, and HTML5, all of which can be freely installed on almost any computer. Students will learn to gather and process spatial data, and to build and  present both static and interactive digital maps. Although the course is only an introduction, the goal is to give students enough skills to make digital maps on their own, and to continue to develop their expertise in this area on their own once the course ends. Students will come away not only with important technical skills in geographic information systems and  computer programming, but also with a conceptual understanding of the challenges involved  in representing and analyzing the world with maps. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding interfaces between social and natural environments in the context of global  climate change. 

Day 1: From Traditional Mapmaking to GIS

  • Representing spatial relationships on paper and screens
  • Uses and misuses of maps
  • Rasters, points, lines and polygons
  • Getting started with QGIS, R, and HTML5

Day 2: Mastering QGIS

  • Loading and wrangling data
  • Using QGIS to learn from your data
  • Style and functionality
  • Presenting a finished map with QGIS

Day 3: Using R for mapping

  • Installing and customizing R
  • Writing your first R script
  • Working with data in R
  • Using the sf, tmap, and leaflet libraries to make maps

Day 4: Presenting interactive maps with HTML5

  • Understanding HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  • Making web maps with Leaflet
  • Putting maps on the Internet
  • Volunteered geographic information and citizen science

Day 5: Synthesis 

  • Choosing and combining tools
  • Making beautiful and useful maps in different contexts
  • Social theory and cartography
  • Mapping our changing environment


John Palmer is a professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University. His research and teaching center on disease ecology, human mobility, inequality, and statistics. He is co-director of Mosquito Alert and a co-founder of the Global  Mosquito Alert initiative, and he leads the Human-Mosquito Interaction Project funded by the European Research Council. His training is in a combination of ecology (B.S., Cornell  University, 1997), law (J.D., Cornell University, 2003), demography and policy (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2013). 

Places: 25

Destinataris: estudiants de tercer i quart d'ESO, primer de batxillerat i cicles formatius de grau mitjà

Llengües: anglès i català

Dates i horari: del 5 al 9 de juliol, de 9.30 a 14.00 h

Modalitat: presencial

Preu: 110 €