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

QGIS tutorial topics: Learn Georeferencing and Digitizing using Equipment Every Office has, GIS, QGIS 3, QGIS 3.6
4.6 (40 ratings)
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3,167 students enrolled
Created by Ian Allan
Last updated 4/2019
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Current price: $9.99 Original price: $39.99 Discount: 75% off
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This course includes
  • 2 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
  • How to Digitize a Map (turn a Paper Map into a GIS map)

  • Understand the importance of GIS Map Topology

  • Georeferencing a scanned paper map to a GIS map
  • 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 OR completion of GIS for Beginners #1 course
  • Printer to print course eBook and pen to annotate them with
  • You get to use the same Datasets and Follow-Along with the Step-by-Step Video Instructions
  • QGIS 3.6

  • 87 PAGE eBOOK


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You have looked around the web but the information you find is incomplete, out-of-date and hard to follow.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 tutorial offers a solution.  I teach you the beginners basics of digitizing your own maps in QGIS using videos and downloadable workbooks and datasets. 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 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. In this QGIS tutorial I 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.  As of today, 6931 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…   

  • A one hour video based QGIS tutorial.  In the videos I’ll show you how to digitize a paper map in SIX STEPS… how to scan, georeferencing a scanned paper map from scanner coordinates to GIS coordinates (using the qgis georeferencer), 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 eBook.  Substantial eBook 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 to enrol in this QGIS tutorial.   

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 QGIS tutorial is not a risk with my 30 day 100% money back guarantee.   


Q. This QGIS tutorial 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 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 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 this course is for:
  • Students, Academics and Professionals who want to add GIS to their armoury of data analysis and presentation tools
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 02:07:57
+ QGIS 3: Part 1 - Setup
7 lectures 08:51
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
1 lecture 16:31

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
+ QGIS 2 - Start Here
10 lectures 54:22
QGIS 2 -Course Overview
QGIS 2 -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.

QGIS2 Make Your QGIS to look like Mine +Install this QGIS version&avoid Disaster
QGIS 2 -Step 2a: How to install the Georeferencer plugin
QGIS 2 - Step 2b: How to Georeference a scanned map
QGIS 2 - Step 3: How to create an empty map to digitize into
QGIS 2 - Step 4: How to create a crisp, professional looking border for your map
QGIS 2 - Step 5: How to setup your digitizing environment


QGIS 2 - Step 6: How to on-screen digitize from your geo-referenced backdrop
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1 lecture 00:24

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GIS for Beginners #1: QGIS Orientation

In the course I take you on a cooks-tour of the QGIS interface and also show you how to shade a category map

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GIS for Beginners #3: Spatial Analysis using QGIS 

In the course I teach you the Beginner’s Basics of Spatial Analysis in QGIS using videos and downloadable workbooks and datasets, Step-by-Step Follow-Along style.

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Learn to geocode to address points maps, street line maps and google maps.

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