GIS for Beginners #2: Learn Digitizing using QGIS
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Learn Digitizing using Equipment Every Office has
4.4 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Ian Allan
Last updated 6/2017
Current price: $10 Original price: $40 Discount: 75% off
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to Digitize a Map (turn a Paper Map into a GIS map)
  • Understand the importance of GIS Map Topology
View Curriculum
  • A computer, preferably running MS Windows. Quantum GIS also runs on Mac, Linux, BSD and Android but I cannot support these.
  • The FREE Quantum GIS installed on your computer (long term Corporate Release only please)
  • Ability to open a map, zoom, pan, etc in QGIS <u>OR</u> completion of GIS for Beginners #1 course
  • Printer to print course notes and pen to annotate them with
  • You get to use the same Datasets and Follow-Along with the Step-by-Step Video Instructions

Attention Researchers, College Students And Professionals: Do You Want To Add GIS To Your Toolkit 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.

Have you been trying to learn how to digitize your own map into GIS without any luck?

You have looked around the web but the information you find is incomplete, out-of-date and hard to follow.

That’s understandable because the best tutorials are usually for expensive commercial GIS’s and the lessons for the FREE, equally functional, Quantum GIS are mostly written by volunteers.

Fortunately, my GIS for Beginners #2: Learn Digitizing using QGIS course offers a solution.  I teach you the beginners basics of digitizing your own maps in QGIS using videos and downloadable workbooks and datasets, Step-by-Step Follow-Along style.

It is as simple as watching the videos on your computer and following along with the exercises using the FREE Quantum GIS 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.

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 ease-of-digging modelling

GIS for Beginners #2: Learn Digitizing using QGIS will teach you The SIX easy steps for digitizing a paper map (turn a Paper Map into a GIS map)

For the past 24 years I’ve been a GIS researcher teacher and consultant.  Over 4600 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…

  • One hour of training videos.  In the videos I’ll show you how to digitize a paper map in SIX STEPS… how to scan, georeference (turn the scanned map from scanner coordinates to GIS coordinates), and on-screen digitize a GIS map using equipment every office has. There are many “tricks” to successfully setting up your digitizing environment. I show you these, including how to copy boundaries from other GIS maps into yours so you can cut your digitizing effort to 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.
  • The course workbook.  28 pages of screen captures and explanatory text to compliment the videos
  • 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 the course for any reason return it for 100% refund and keep the dataset and the workbook.

Be sure to click on the "Take This Course" button on the top right corner.

All the courses in the GIS for Beginners series had 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. 

Buying this course is not a risk with my 30 day 100% money back guarantee.


Q. The course does not use ARC. Does this matter?

A. No, it doesn’t matter. I teach you the basics of GIS in a way that’s applicable to ALL GISs, even Arc.

Q. I have no experience with GIS. 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.

Q. I am worried that this course 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 dataset and follow-along with the videos.

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

A.  A 28 page Text with screen captures and explanations to compliment the videos, and a zip file containing the same datasets 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 Quantum GIS

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 is the target audience?
  • Students, Academics and Professionals who want to add GIS to their armoury of data analysis and presentation tools
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
Start Here
12 Lectures 01:03:42

What is the difference between a GIS map and a GIS database?

Before we start, I need to talk to you about which QGIS version you should use, and why your QGIS version might look different to mine.

Preview 03:14

Step 2a: How to install the Georeferencer plugin

Step 2b: How to Georeference a scanned map

Step 3: How to create an empty map to digitize into

Step 4: How to create a crisp, professional looking border for your map

Step 5: How to setup your digitizing environment


Preview 07:38

How to copy other people's maps into yours. And edit your map.
About the Instructor
Ian Allan
4.0 Average rating
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4,738 Students
3 Courses
24 yrs GIS Educator & Consultant: 2 Courses, 4600+ Students!

Hi. It's great to meet you.

My introductory GIS courses use the free Quantum GIS, and comes from the place of an experienced GIS consultant.

* I teach Professional people how to incorporate “spatial” into their projects.
* I teach GIS technicians how to work with the non GIS savvy.

I have worked with Geographical Information Systems for over two decades. In the 1990's I co-wrote Monash University’s first two GIS courses – Social Applications of GIS (using census and other data) and Environmental Applications of GIS (using grid and satellite imagery). Both courses were ahead of their time - multi-media and delivered online. They were taught to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

GIS is a very broad topic and there are many ways to teach it. My approach is that of a geographer who uses GIS as a tool to solve geographical problems.  Most GISs these days are similarly capable, but for me there is a problem in that too many GIS professionals do not understand the data they manage. Too often I see professionals discussing this-or-that modelling algorithm while failing to understand that the data they’re using for their modelling is not up to the task.

Currently based in Victoria, Australia, I have consulted on a diverse range of projects – environmental, sustainability planning, and human. Clients have included the United Nations, the Australian Federal Government, Victorian State Government, Local Governments, Australian Universities, and Water Utilities.  

My refereed publications are diverse…

* Environmental sustainability modelling for Local Government planning.
* Housing affordability modelling for State Government planning.
* Buried asset condition modelling for the water industry