Map Academy: let's make 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.