On Saturday February 17th, AUR’s Graduate School launched its new program to offer two full-day targeted Graduate Workshops per semester aimed at developing specific skills. The event proved to be very popular – even necessitating moving the class into the student lounge to accommodate the number of students who had signed up!
 
Prof. Pier Matteo Barone led the first workshop that covered the topic of Geographic Information Systems. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based tool that analyzes, stores, manipulates and visualizes geographic information, usually in a map. The workshop was developed for AUR’s graduate students in Sustainable Cultural Heritage, Arts Management and Food Studies to help them gain more experience and knowledge on the potential of GIS as a tool to aid in evidence-informed policy and decision-making. The one-day workshop for those with little or no GIS experience covered a general introduction to GIS using a free and open source QGIS software package.
 
Participants in the workshop gained a greater awareness of spatial data and the ability to execute many of the basic functionalities in QSIS, such as data importing, data management, data analysis and high quality thematic map development.
 
The second workshop of this semester will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9:00AM-4:00PM. The topic will be Security and Risk Management at Museums and Heritage Sites, taught by Dick Drent, Security and Anti-terrorism specialist and former Head of Security at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Numbers are limited to 15 participants. AUR students from all MA programs are welcome to attend. If you wish to attend, please send an email to Prof. Valerie Higgins, v.higgins@aur.edu.