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Geospatial Analysis & Visualization with Python

February 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this workshop, we’ll use a dataset that focuses on a very painful subject and may be triggering for some to work with. We are going to look at Police Killings in Canada from 2000-2017. The data was obtained from Pivot Legal Society and initially collected by the CBC. We’re going to visualize the data, investigate racial disparities, and make an infographic using a provided Jupyter Notebook. The end goal of this workshop is to familiarize you with using Python for GIS, and show that programming and data analysis can be powerful tools for promoting social and environmental justice issues.


  1. General Overview of how GIS in Python Works
  2. Import, Parse, and Plot Tabular Data
  3. Join Tabular and Spatial Data
  4. Reproject Coordinate Systems
  5. Data Normalization w/ Census Data
  6. Data Visualization: Create an Infographic

Things to do before the workshop

We will be using ubc.syzygy.ca throughout the workshop. In order to follow along, you will need to an active UBC CWL to log in.


Walter C. Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T1Z2 Canada
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