Education and Training
Geospatial Research and Information Laboratory (GRAIL) offers a wide spectrum
of educational and training opportunities, ranging from ESRI-authorized courses
and federal standards training to workshops
developed by GRAIL staff and custom courses. Training services are available to
NAU faculty, staff, students, and partners, including local, state, federal,
tribal governmental agencies as well as private entities and individuals.
Authorized ESRI instructors, registered Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
metadata trainers, and other expert staff are available to develop and lead
workshops and courses on a variety of GIS-related subjects.
Spatial Technologies Applied Research Training program
Technologies Applied Research Training (START) program is an effort to augment NAU’s
GIS curriculum with job training for students. Students in the START program
work as paid interns, supporting research projects and/or providing GIS
services through GRAIL or NAU departments. Internships are open to both
undergraduate and graduate students from the more than nine departments using spatial
technologies or engaging in environmental research.
will be matched with research projects lead by GRAIL staff, NAU faculty, or partner
institutions, including the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service.
Students who intern with GRAIL will assist users with services that range from
helping to prepare scientific maps and figures for manuscripts, publications,
and proposals to assisting in spatial analyses such as wildlife habitat
classification and mapping genotypes across entire regions.
Metadata training workshops
use of GIS technologies has produced a demand for standardized documentation on
existing and new geospatial datasets. Creating metadata, or data about data,
facilitates the development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data.
A metadata record is structured information that captures the basic
characteristics of a data or information resource, which makes it easier to
retrieve, use, or manage that data or information resource. GRAIL metadata
training can be tailored for specific audiences, but is based on the FGDC’s Content Standard for Digital Geospatial
Metadata (CSDGM) and the National Biological Inventory Infrastructure
(NBII) developed Biological Data Profile.
The FGDC Content Standard is required for use with resources created and
funded by the U.S. Government and is also being used by many state governments.
Web mapping workshop
completing this workshop, students will have a clear understanding of web
mapping techniques using open source and ESRI products, including ArcGIS
Online, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcGIS Server. In addition, the workshop will
cover Keyhole Markup Language, or KML, a file format used to display geographic
data in Google Earth, and using metadata to publicize your map service through
the National Spatial Infrastructure (NSDI).