Learning the Open Source GIS Stack: QGIS 3x Desktop
What you'll learn
- Understand the basic features that QGIS offers as a complete desktop GIS.
- Also, you'll learn how to use advanced capabilities in QGIS including plug-ins, statistical tools, modeling tools, and database capabilities.
- You'll work on actual real-world projects, with real data, to understand the GIS workflow with QGIS.
- Utilize QGIS to perform raster, vector, and database manipulation
- Understand how to complete a number of GIS projects from start to finish
- Some understanding of GIS.
- Students should download QGIS from the QGIS website
- Students should be excited about using GIS to solve real world problems, as we'll be using real data (warts and all), and not just pretend data that is perfect all the time.
This course is part of an entire curriculum based on Free and Open Source GIS (FOSS4g) software, and represents one of the most comprehensive curriculum on FOSS4g. The curriculum are grouped into the categories of Desktop, Server, and Developer parts of the FOSS4g stack. For this course, you will learn the most popular open source desktop GIS: QGIS. We'll start with a basic understanding of QGIS, and move on to more sophisticated uses of the software.
This course uses real data from Tompkins County, New York, and seamlessly integrates with other gisadvisor courses that will teach you Postgres/PostGIS, GDAL, Geoserver, and Python. You'll be working alongside me as we explore the functionality of QGIS, working with raster, vector, and attribute data. And most importantly, after you learn the basics of QGIS, we'll simulate some real-world examples of GIS projects and spatial analysis.
Whether you need to learn QGIS for your job, or want to get spun up on FOSS4g to nail that big interview, this course will prepare you to work with the ins-and-outs of QGIS, and give you confidence as you interact with other GIS experts.
The curriculum is designed so that you can start with either this course, or any of the other courses. They will refer back and forth with one another, and because we are camping out in the same geographic area, all the courses will use the same data. As you move through each course, you are going to have experience with all the different parts of the FOSS4g stack.
Who this course is for:
- GIS professionals excited to add open source software to their skillset.
- Computer analysts looking to expand their skill into the open source GIS arena.
- Students who want to learn what a GIS is, and how it can be used to solve spatial problems.
- Professionals who know how to use other GIS software, but want to learn how to use QGIS
Dr. Arthur J. Lembo, Jr. is an educator with a passion for GIS and almost 30 years of GIS industry experience. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious New York State Chancellors award for Excellence in Teaching (2006), and the Maryland Board of Regents Teaching Award (2018) - both of these awards are the highest awards in academia for both States.
Currently, Dr. Lembo is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University, where he is also the Technical Director of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative. Dr. Lembo has published numerous academic papers on GIS, authored a leading textbook on Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, and conducted sponsored research for organizations like the National Science Foundation, NASA, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Kellogg Foundation.