Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data

On Monday 17th November, I ran a day course on Spatial Data and QGIS with 15 participants. We had people from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, including geology, politics, health and many other disciplines. We looked at some of the theory behind GIS, such as projections and coordinate systems, as well as practical elements on how to use QGIS. I managed to get QGIS version 2.6 (Brighton) installed on the University systems, which only came out towards the end of October, so it was great that the participants could see and use the latest version. We also looked at the process of classifying data for cholopleth maps, including the important decisions to make when selecting colours, number of classes and method of classification.

I’ve attached the materials I used to this blog post (see below). I took the decision to make my material available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (see for details), which means that the material I created for this training session is free for anyone to use, as long as you attribute the material to me, and make any material you derive from this available under the same license. I would also ask you to let me know when you use my material, as it’s useful for me to know how many people are using it, and what sort of courses they are using it for.

In this form, some of the resources will be more useful than others, but I hope they are helpful. Any comments are gratefully received, either via email, or through  comments below.

Happy GISing!



3 thoughts on “Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data

  1. Alex Mwewa

    I am doing environmental data analysis course for my MSc. and just learning, thank you for these notes


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