Course: A Holistic and Practical introduction to QGIS

Field Studies Council

FSC Margam Discovery Centre, South Wales
Friday 24th April 2020 - Sunday 26th April 2020 01639 895636

Cost: From £180

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

QGIS is a freely available open-source Geographic Information System (GIS) that matches the functionality and usability of commercial products like MapInfo and ArcGIS. It has been adopted by governments, businesses and NGOs around the world.

The course is suitable for beginners to GIS, those looking to refresh their skills or those looking to migrate to QGIS software. It will help ecological consultants, wildlife organisations, biological recorders and recent graduates visualise, explore and analyse spatial data.

The course will take a holistic approach to ensure participants have the skills needed to confidently implement GIS projects in the workplace. General topics will include GIS fundamentals, data licencing, map design, spatial data management and work-flow design.

A series of practical exercises will give participants hands-on experience and build confidence working with raster and vector data. Participants will learn how to:

  • Navigate the QGIS user-interface
  • Obtain, integrate and capture (base) map data
  • Classify and stylise vector data
  • Perform basic GIS analysis
  • Use the FSC Productivity Tools plugin to map biological records from spreadsheets
  • Produce professional habitat maps for reports
  • Automate the production of maps for species Atlases

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