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University of Edinburgh's first QGIS Training Course

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The reasoning behind developing a QGIS course for Academics at the University of Edinburgh.

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University of Edinburgh's first QGIS Training Course

  1. 1. The University of Edinburgh’s First QGIS Training Course 16th November 2015 Tom Armitage tom.armitage@ed.ac.uk @MapNav_Tom
  2. 2. EDINA?
  3. 3. EDINA?
  4. 4. EDINA?
  5. 5. Why?
  6. 6. Why?
  7. 7. Why?
  8. 8. Why? Digital Humanities History, Literature, Social Science, Anthropology
  9. 9. Why? Digital Humanities History, Literature, Social Science, Anthropology
  10. 10. Why Now?
  11. 11. Who For? • Social scientists • Historians • Archaeologists • Anthropologists • Epidemiologists • Agriculturalists • Horticulturalists • Aboriculturalists • Psycologists • Literature Studies • Architects • Mathematicians • Biologists
  12. 12. What do we teach? Getting the software Adding Data to it Making the data look like a Map Basic Geo Processing Printing a map out
  13. 13. What don’t we teach? Spatial Analysis Too many different bases to cover Databases Too many different databases to cover Any Questions Point them to experts (Google + group) Point them to GIS stack exchange
  14. 14. What did we learn? Yea! How many Icons? Vs
  15. 15. What did we learn? Yea! Where?!??
  16. 16. What did we learn? ArcGIS is more often easier to use… But“Simplicity can breed bad data management practices and a poor understanding of what you are doing.”
  17. 17. What did we learn? QGIS is Awesome! No Buts“QGIS could do everything that we taught in the ArcGIS practical, the software is free and open source, you can take it anywhere in the world without restrictions …and the training booklet is thinner too!”

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