This course is complete introduction to GIS and QGIS. Starting at the beginner level we'll cover basic terminology and conventions, some of the fundamental principles of GIS, an overview of what QGIS is and then we'll get started with practical experience of using QGIS. All sample data is original and provided for you.
The course will take around 2 hours to complete but playing around with the software is a great way to learn so don't worry if it takes you longer.
The course is structured a mixture of lectures, quizzes and we'll end with a practical to put into practice all the knowledge you've gained. The practical element is crucial and by all means try some new things out with the software. Doing is learning!
You should take this course if you need to learn the basics of QGIS quickly and if you'd like to sample QGIS before taking other courses. More advanced courses will be coming soon.
This is the first lecture in the course and here we'll just go over some of the standard terminology for GIS programs and make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to basic computer usage.
A quick quiz to keep you on your toes
Here we'll look at some basic GIS concepts. The differences between rasters and vectors, properties and values, and the ways we can use GIS for analysis.
Let's have a quick quiz on some fundamental GIS concepts
Here we'll take a closer look at QGIS and explore some of the potential and how to get help.
What do you know about QGIS?
This section explains how to download and unzip the data for use in the GIS and QGIS practical sessions.
Here we look at the QGIS interface, layers and zooming.
Symbology in GIS and QGIS is vital to allow users to understand what our map is showing. We'll also look at how to view some attribute data using map tips.
See if you can use map tips to find the name of a lake.
GIS and QGIS provide powerful ways to query data. Here we'll use some SQL to select by attributes.
Putting into practice what you've learned about writing queries try and answer the following questions.
These can be quite difficult but the answers are revealed in the next video if you get stuck.
Building on our previous SQL query we'll create a new query in QGIS to drill further down into the data. We'll also look at different ways to achieve the same goals through different selection methods.
Chloropleth or thematic maps are a great way to convey information to the map user. Here we'll use classifications to show population by country in QGIS.
Using what you've learned about symbology and styling layers so far, see if you can figure out how to classify our countries layer by population DENSITY.
As a hint as well as using a column for a classification you can also use an Expression. What would be the formula for population density and do we have a field in the attribute table that could be useful?
If you get stuck the answer is at the start of the next lecture.
Getting more advanced in our classification now we'll look at population density.
Just a quickie as a reminder on data types.
In this final section we'll explore how to use print composer to output our map to different formats. Sharing GIS data is often required and QGIS allows us to save maps as images, .pdfs and more through print composer.
Through his work on tropical conservation expeditions since 2006, Oliver saw GIS to be a perfect opportunity to tie together his interests in conservation and all things map. With a background in environmental science, a masters in environment and enterprise and a post grad diploma in GIS, the launch of burdGIS was a natural
burdGIS have now worked in several countries worldwide on projects ranging from on the ground data capture in Honduras to Android app development in Northern Ireland. At the core of burdGIS is a desire and enthusiasm to share knowledge and ideas through training and collaboration.