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I would like some advice please ... my question doesn't really belong in this group, but it doesn't really belong in the other groups either.

 

I am super new to GIS, I am currently completing a Bachelor or Applied GIS through distance learning, at home, using ArcGIS 10.3.1. I have only seen the capabilities of GIS in my courses and a smattering here and there online.

 

I live in a very small town with few places that use GIS.  I really want some hands-on, practical, real-world experience with GIS ... but it needs to be basic. I've read a lot of posts on this forum and most of them are over my head.

 

Is there anyway, that I can get 'online' experience from company's who use GIS?  Are there websites or links that offer strictly volunteer work online?

 

Thanks.

 

 



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GIS makes maps of course, but GIS and cartography are not synonymous. It sounds to me like you are looking more for applied experience using GIS tools, versus cartographic design experience. Your best bet is to find someplace to intern with doing GIS work. A local or regional non profit or environmental firm, or a government agency perhaps. There are some good tutorials for both ArcGIS and QGIS out there, some of which mimic real world projects. But nothing beats actual hands on experience in the real world. Your school might have a GIS list or something where you can get info on volunteer or intern projects. If not email around to regional universities with larger programs. They usually have open lists.


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I'm looking for online volunteer work in GIS.



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How about MapAction or OpenStreetMap? You might also want to look at HotOSM.


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Re: volunteer experience, this was recently announced

http://www.gislounge...itarian-mapping

 

and, as an alternative, this was also just posted

https://blogs.esri.c...raphic-analysis

 

Good luck :)






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