Map Academy: get mapping quickly, with QGIS
What you'll learn
- How to make different map types (e.g. 'heat maps', locator maps, density maps, election maps - and more)
- Map making workflows - adding data, styling data, labelling, design, map layouts and more (including glowing maps)
- The fundamentals of QGIS (100% free software, no license or payment required)
- How to export high resolution images from QGIS (e.g. png, pdf, jpg, svg and more)
- Spatial analysis concepts (buffer, clip, etc)
- The fundamental principles of GIS
- How to use QGIS for geographic analysis
- Geospatial data formats and concepts
- Map projections / coordinate reference systems
- Map tips and tricks + fun map stuff!
- No prior experience of mapping or geographic data analysis is necessary - you just need to be a competent computer user and know how to install software (on PC, Mac or Linux).
WELCOME TO MAP ACADEMY! LEARN HOW TO MAKE GREAT MAPS, WITH QGIS
**Update: I now have over 3,000 people learning with me, in 129 different countries - thanks so much!**
Millions of people across the world love maps, yet only a small percentage of people know how to make maps - and I'm on a mission to change that. Taking your first steps in geographic information systems (GIS) and digital cartography can be really enjoyable, but if you don't have a guide it can also be a wee bit daunting, so that's why I've launched Map Academy. Using real data from many different countries, this course contains over 140 short lessons to help you get up and running with map making and spatial analysis in QGIS. If you want me to add a new video on a topic of your choice, just get in touch and I'll do my best to create one!
QGIS is the world's most popular open source GIS and is used by major corporations worldwide, as well as by national, regional and local governments - and by academics, students and amateur map enthusiasts. It's 100% free, and it works on Mac, PC and Linux. QGIS downloads and installs in minutes and requires no licences or registration - ever.
By the end of this course, you'll be able to make many different kinds of maps and save them as high quality images in a variety of file formats (e.g. pdf, jpg, png, and many more) for use in documents, presentations and other settings. You might be surprised at how much you can learn and how far you can go with QGIS in a short space of time.
Map Academy: Get mapping quickly, with QGIS is organised into the following sections:
Know your way around QGIS
Let's make a map
Fun map stuff
Vector tools in QGIS
Working with raster data
Tips and tricks
Okay, so why QGIS? Yes, it's 100% free, but that's not why I want you to use it. The main reasons we use QGIS in this course are as follows.
BEAUTY: you can produce beautiful maps in QGIS, with minimal fuss.
SPEED: it's fast - it helps you get the job done quickly and meet those pesky deadlines.
POWER: its powerful - you can do all kinds of complex spatial analysis with it and go way beyond mapping, if you need to.
INNOVATION: the QGIS development team are always making improvements and adding enhanced features.
FLEXIBILITY: QGIS can handle any file type, and works on any operating system.
But what if you only need to make simple maps? No problem - it's great for that too. You can use QGIS to make basic maps, as well as performing more complex mapping and spatial analysis tasks - if you need it, QGIS can do it.
Like all software, the initial learning curve can be a bit steep and you can quickly become overwhelmed with words, concepts, data formats and menu options - not to mention the unsettling feeling you can get when you first look at a new user interface. You can find lots of QGIS tricks and tips online, but if you're just starting out with GIS it's often difficult to know what terms to search for, where to look, and who to trust.
This is why I've launched Map Academy here on Udemy. This QGIS course is a systematic, step-by-step introduction that begins with the basics of GIS and data, and guides you all the way through different map types and how to create high quality outputs.
Along the way, you'll learn a ton about fundamental GIS concepts and techniques, all based on the idea of doing-as-you-learn and learning-as-you-do. I'll provide a wide range of interesting, in-depth examples from across the world so that you can apply the learning here to your own specific needs. I'll provide all the data you need - as well as showing you where to find more when you need to (a crucial skill for any GIS user).
I assume no prior knowledge or experience of QGIS, or any other GIS software. So long as you're comfortable using a computer, are enthusiastic about maps, and love learning new things then this course is for you.
I look forward to seeing you in class!
- Alasdair :)
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants to learn how to make high quality maps, including:
- Architects and urban designers
- Urban and regional planners
- Data journalists
- Earth scientists
- Analysts (e.g. transport, economic development)
- Anyone else with an interest in data and maps
Hi, I'm Alasdair!
Millions of people love maps, but not everyone knows how to make maps - and I'm on a mission to change that. I have thousands of people learning with me here on Udemy, in over 135 countries. I hope you'll join me on my Map Academy courses - and we'll have fun along the way.
Qualifications: I'm a former university professor based in Sheffield, England. I have a PhD in urban and regional analysis, I'm the co-author of three books, and I've published more than 20 academic papers - on data analysis, mapping, cities and more. In my academic career, I set up and led an MSc in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS), ran research projects, and taught thousands of students.
What I do: I run Automatic Knowledge Ltd, a geospatial data analysis, visualisation and training company. Part of our mission is to teach the world how to use data to make insightful maps, make better maps, and to ensure you have fun along the way! We also give back to the wider GIS community by publishing free data and tutorials, and we're a small funder of the QGIS project. If our Udemy courses generate extra income, we'll give even more money to the QGIS project :)
In the media: My research with maps and data has featured in a wide variety of global media outlets, including the BBC, Axios, WIRED, Visual Capitalist, The Economist, National Geographic, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Business Insider, Google Trends, the World Economic Forum, and many more. You'll see maps everywhere online these days, and many of them are made with QGIS.
So, I'll show you how to make all kinds of maps with the world's leading free and open source GIS package - QGIS - plus other amazing tools like Aerialod.
Sign up for one of my courses to begin your mapping adventures.