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Python for Everyone – Free Python Training

Python for Everyone – Free Python Training

Python was introduced by Esri in ArcGIS platform version 9, and since then, it has been widely accepted as the scripting language of choice for ArcGIS users everywhere and continues to grow in popularity as more geospatial users start to understand the benefits of python scripting.

Python is an easy to learn, powerful language… (with) high-level data structures and a simple but effective approach to          object oriented programming. Python’s elegant syntax and dynamic typing…make it an ideal language for scripting…in many areas and on most platforms.” –python.org

Python for EveryonePython for Everyone is a free online self paced training course provided by Esri designed to help GIS analysts, GIS technicians, GIS specialists, data processors, and anyone else who is new to python and wants to learn how to write python scripts to automate their ArcGIS tasks.

It introduces users to the fundamental of python concepts while exploring the python scripting environment found in ArcGIS. It provides tips and techniques to help users master proper python syntax, script flow, and error handling.

Python for Everyone Will Teach You How to:

  • Choose the Python scripting environment that meets your needs
  • Choose appropriate data types and apply Python syntax rules when writing a script
  • Quickly create a script to automate a geoprocessing task using a Python snippet
  • Label map features using a Python expression
  • Understand common types of errors that can occur in a script and how to correct them

The courses assumes that you have either completed the ArcGIS Introduction to GIS course (also online and free) or have equivalent GIS & ArcGIS knowledge. To complete the course exercises, you also need to have ArcGIS for Desktop and PythonWin 2.7.  PythonWin is available as a free download and Esri offers a free 60 day ArcGIS trial if you do not already have acces to it.

Click here for more details and to register: http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm?fa=catalog.webCourseDetail&courseid=2520

Here are some other python resources you may be interested in:

ArcMap Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts

ArcGIS tips and shortcuts

The following video is a recording of a technical workshop presented at the 2013 Esri International User Conference featuring Jack Horton & Jorge Ruiz-Valdepena from Esri, that provides some great tips and tricks for working with ArcMap.

It is great little presentation that provides great information for almost all levels of users from beginners to experienced, with topics including: map navigation tips and tricks, keyboard shortcuts, customization, magnifier window, creating symbols, modifying existing symbols, working with map layers, layer files, python scripting and much more.

Many of the shortcuts they mention in the presentation can also be found in this helpful summary document: http://www.esri.com/library/brochures/pdfs/arcgis-desktop-tips.pdf

 

Esri Canada Announces GIS in Education Grant Program

Esri Canada Announces GIS in Education Grant Program

GIS in Education Grant Program

TORONTO, November 20, 2013 – The most recent national survey by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society revealed that one-third of adult Canadians are “geographically illiterate” and struggle to read a map. The situation is much worse for young Canadians. To help Canadian students develop spatial thinking skills, Esri Canada today announced the GIS in Education Grant program. The program will award up to five grants of Esri geographic information system (GIS) software and training every year to Canadian schools teaching kindergarten to grade 12.

“We live in a highly interconnected world, where geographic literacy has become as critical as reading and writing,” remarked Alex Miller, president, Esri Canada. “For Canada to be globally competitive, we need to train our future leaders to think geographically at an early age. With this GIS in Education Grant, we’re providing a solid foundation for developing spatial awareness and critical thinking among Canadian students from kindergarten to high school.”

GIS technology is used in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning of many subjects across numerous disciplines. It helps students describe the location of things and events, examine why things are where they are, and explore “what-if” scenarios to predict change. GIS is an engaging, interactive learning technology that enables students to ask deeper questions about global, regional and local issues. It helps them build valuable spatial problem-solving skills, which are in demand in post-secondary education, in the community and in the workplace.

The GIS in Education Grant program provides Esri’s ArcGIS software and training necessary to implement GIS in the classroom. The Grant provides:

  • desktop and online GIS software for up to 500 computers in a school
  • teachers with the opportunity to install and use the software on their home computer for curriculum development
  • software maintenance for  2 years
  • up to 3 free desk copies of any Esri Press book for every school term
  • access to Esri Canada’s education resources
  • mentoring and support from Esri Canada’s Education and Research group.

The program is open to Canadian schools that do not currently have a license of Esri’s ArcGIS software. The grant can be awarded to a school only once. To submit an application, visit: esri.ca/gisedgrant.  

About Esri Canada
Founded in 1984, Esri Canada provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower businesses, governments and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography.  The company distributes the world’s leading GIS software from Esri, Schneider Electric, Cityworks – Azteca Systems, Inc. and other technology partners.  Headquartered in Toronto, the company serves over 10,000 customers from 16 regional offices across Canada.  Esri Canada has joined the elite rank of Canada’s Best Managed companies and has been named to the Branham300. Information about the company can be found at esri.ca.