GIS for Beginners #2:Georeference & Digitize in QGIS3 +eBook
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GIS for Beginners #2:Georeference & Digitize in QGIS3 +eBook

Learn Georeferencing and Digitizing using Equipment Every Office has in this QGIS tutorial. GIS. QGIS 3.
4.2 (68 ratings)
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Created by Ian Allan
Last updated 5/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • FREE eBOOK: 87 pages of screen captures and explanations.
  • How to scan a map: Do this right and set yourself up for Georeferencing success.
  • Georeferencing a scan of a paper map to be a GIS map.
  • On-Screen Digitize a Georeferenced Map.
  • How to validate Geospatial data: Why it is important to validate your GIS map once you've digitized it. I show you how to go about doing that.
  • Understand Geospatial conceptually: What limitations to look out for in the maps you're digitizing.
  • Turn paper map TRASH into GIS map TREASURE.
  • Pdf reader to view the free 87 page eBook.
  • The FREE QGIS installed on your computer.
  • Ability to open a map, zoom, pan, etc in QGIS OR completion of "QGIS tutorial for Beginners #1: Orientation".
  • Winzip, 7-zip or equivalent to unzip the teaching Dataset.
  • You get to use the same Datasets and Follow-Along with the Step-by-Step Video Instructions
  • A strong work ethic, willingness to learn, and plenty of excitement about being able to digitize your own maps.
  • Nothing else! It’s just you, your computer and your hunger to get started today.

QGIS 3.6, Accurate Captions, 87 Page eBook, HD Video & High Quality Audio.

Attention Researchers, College Students And Professionals: Do You Want To Digitize Your Own Paper Maps Without Having The Hassle Of Enrolling In A College GIS Course?

Learn My Six-Step Process To DIGITIZE YOUR OWN PAPER MAPS Using Equipment Every Office Has.

Join 3,150+ students in the Highest Rated QGIS tutorial on Udemy!

Have you been trying to learn how to digitize your own map in QGIS without any luck?

You have looked around the web, but the digitizing tutorials you find are incomplete, out-of-date, or hard to follow.

That’s understandable because most QGIS tutorials are written by time poor volunteers.

Fortunately, my QGIS tutorial for Beginners #2:Georeference, Digitize, eBook offers a solution. I teach you the beginners basics of digitizing your own maps in QGIS using videos, an 87 page eBook and a teaching dataset. Its a Step-by-Step Follow-Along style QGIS tutorial.

It is as simple as watching the videos on your computer and following along with the exercises using the FREE QGIS Software

Start now and you could be digitizing your own GIS maps this time tomorrow.

Imagine what would be like to digitize your own field studies in a timely manner, OR to stumble across a paper map that’s essential to your project, and KNOW that you can digitize it YOURSELF, TODAY, without the hassle of finding and waiting for someone else to digitize it for you. For researchers, having maps that nobody else has almost guarantees that your research will be "original".

My name is Ian Allan. I am a Masters graduate from Monash University in Melbourne Australia. While doing my post-graduate research, I co-authored the University’s first two GIS courses and taught both Grid Cell and Vector GIS to both Undergraduate and Graduate students.

Over the last 24 years I have authored and co-authored fifteen peer reviewed publications. I have worked professionally as a GIS researcher, taught GIS to thousands of students, and worked as a GIS consultant on projects as diverse as the following…

  • United Nations: Post tsunami strategic planning in Banda Ache.

  • Australian Federal Government: National Broadband strategic assessment.

  • Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet: Housing affordability modelling.

  • Local Government: Environmental sustainability modelling for planners,

  • Water industry: Buried water pipe condition modelling and 3d ease-of-digging modelling.

Digitizing was an essential component in almost all of these projects. It is often impossible to create original maps based solely on off-the-shelf GIS maps.

Over 7000 students have enrolled in my GIS Udemy courses alone. Here’s what some of them have had to say about my teaching style…

It was very thorough and comprehensive… Ian also covered aspects of GIS Analysis - which increases your learning and appreciation of the capabilities of how powerful the GIS tool can be. – Brian L

"Ian is vast and knowledgeable in what he teaches. I would do another course by Ian if he offered it" - Umar Y

"A very informative course. It helps me review the GIS experience I haven't used in a while and brush up on my skills. Thanks Ian." - Jayram S

"Really great introductory-level course! The examples were simple to follow, but also very useful. All the work can be finished while watching the videos, there was no extra work to be done without guidance. I really look forward to the next course by this instructor. - Cheers and well done!" - Nathan L.

"Very good background, easy to follow and helpful for a foundation of GIS." - Amelia K

"Simple and very clear lectures with the minimum basics/backgrounds to get a taste of what awaits us further and also making us think of what we can do more." -Boojhawon R

Here’s what you get…

  • Free eBook. 87 pages of screen captures and explanatory text to compliment the videos.

  • A 1.5 hour video based QGIS tutorial. In the videos I’ll show you how to digitize a paper map in SIX STEPS

  1. Create a basemap.

  2. Scan a paper map so you're setup for Georeferencing success.

  3. Georeferencing a scanned paper map from being in scanner coordinates to being in GIS coordinates.

  4. Create a blank map to digitize into.

  5. On-screen digitize a GIS map using the georeferenced scan as a backdrop.

  6. Validate your map.

There are many “tricks” to successfully setting up your digitizing environment. I show you these. I also show you how to copy boundaries from other GIS maps into yours. This can sometimes cut your digitizing effort to be a fraction of what it would otherwise be.

  • You get to eavesdrop as I work, and gain insight into digitizing GIS maps that you would otherwise likely overlook or possibly never grasp.

  • A zip file of datasets used. Extract these and follow-along with me in the videos

  • Try it risk free. If within 30 days you’re not satisfied with this QGIS tutorial for any reason return it for 100% refund and keep the dataset and the workbook.

Be sure to click on the "Add to Cart" button on the top right corner to enrol in this QGIS tutorial.

All the courses in my QGIS tutorial for Beginners series have been developed by me over the last 24 years. All the Techniques and concepts I teach have been proven in the research and consulting environments during that time.

Enrol in any of my QGIS tutorials and you're well on your way to creating your own maps, the way you want them to look, and by your own time-table.


Q. This QGIS tutorial does not use ARC. Does this matter?

A. No, it doesn’t matter. I teach you the basics of Georeferencing and digitizing in QGIS. The concepts you'll learn are applicable to ALL GISs, even Arc.

Q. I have no experience with QGIS. Does that matter?

A. Although no previous Geographical Information Systems knowledge needed, ideally you will be able to do some simple tasks in QGIS. Tasks such as Opening a Map, zooming, panning, etc. I teach these basic skills in QGIS tutorial for Beginners #1.

Q. I am worried that this QGIS tutorial will be like many other technical courses - abstract and hard to follow.

A. I have based all the exercises on the type of practical every-day GIS problems that I encounter day-to-day in my GIS consultancy. Download the teaching dataset and follow-along with the videos. Pause, rewind, fast-forward, speed up or slow down the videos as you need to.

Q. What Work Materials are there to support the teachings?

A. An 87 page eBook with screen captures and explanations to compliment the videos. A zip file containing the same teaching dataset that I use in the videos.

Q. Do I need to purchase software to do this course?

A. No, there is no need to purchase software. We’ll use the FREE QGIS

Q. I want to buy this course today, but I don’t have time to do the course right now. How long do I have access to the course for?

A. You have Unlimited Lifetime Access to the course (including future upgrades)

Q. What if I decide this course is not for me.

A. I offer an unconditional, no-questions-asked full 30-day money-back guarantee!

Q. If I have a problem, can I ask questions?

A. Yes. I welcome questions because they help me improve the course. It’s best to use the course Q&A area for this.

Who this course is for:
  • Students, Academics and Professionals who are frustrated by the absence of maps that are relevant to the mapping projects they want to do. Digitizing maps that nobody else has access to almost guarantees that your project will be "original".
Course content
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+ QGIS 3: Part 1 - Setup
7 lectures 08:51

Download your eBook. Eighty five pages of diagrams and text

Preview 00:39
QGIS 3 - What is the difference between a GIS map and a GIS database?
QGIS 3 - Download the practice activity dataset here
QGIS 3 - Which QGIS 3 version should you install?
QGIS 3 - How to setup snapping options for georeferencing
+ QGIS 3: Part 2 - Georeferencing
5 lectures 15:09
QGIS 3 - Step 1: How to scan your paper map
QGIS 3 - Step 2: How to georeference a scanned map - part 2
QGIS 3 - Step 2: How to georeference a scanned map - part 3
QGIS 3 - Step 2: How to georeference a scanned map - part 4
+ QGIS 3: Part 3 - Preparation of Onscreen Digitizing Environment
3 lectures 17:34
QGIS 3 - Step 3: How to create an empty map to digitize into
QGIS 3 - Step 5: How to setup snapping options for digitizing
+ Additional Lectures
2 lectures 23:42
Resuscitating Old Maps: Background

Any discussion about bringing maps into Quantum GIS would not be complete without a discussion about resuscitating old maps.

In the video I talk about...

  1. Where you might look for old maps and some of the issues surrounding that. 
  2. Why engineering maps are generally better quality than environmental science and social science maps.
  3. Techniques for working getting the most out of mapping team members who aren't GIS saavy  
Old maps aren't TRASH, they're TREASURE
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