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Introduction to Python

November 11, 2020 @ 17:30 - 20:00


New to programming? Join us for the full length of the workshop to get an extensive introduction to Python syntax, control flow, and native data structures. Want to upgrade your GIS skills? Hop on the call at 7:00 pm for a presentation of spatial analysis using Python and ArcGIS.

At the end of the workshop, you will learn about:

  • What Python is and why we should use it
  • What variables, data types, and common data structures are available
  • How to automate your scripts using control flow
  • How to import modules and packages
  • How to reuse your scripts by implementing functions and variable scope
  • How to get started with Python in ArcGIS

Prerequisites: You need to have access to Python, either by installing Anaconda for Python 3 on your own computer or by using Jupyter Hub with Python 3 at the GIC. For the latter we will need to create an account for you first. The instructor will contact you at least one day in advance. If you want to follow the GIS part of the workshop at the end, you also need ArcGIS Desktop 10.7.x (Windows only) (you can get your free license of ArcGIS by e-mailing

This workshop will be hosted online on Zoom and takes about 2.5 hours. Please use your McGill email address to register for the event. The instructor will be Hongyu Zhang.


November 11, 2020
17:30 - 20:00
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