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GIS: Understand the Theory and Practice GIS in QGIS

Learn the theory of Geographic Information Systems, and get trained on making maps and analyzing spatial data in QGIS.
Instructor:
Ardit Sulce
3,447 students enrolled
English
Fully understand how GIS works.
Learn how to understand, clean, and map GIS data.
Learn how to work with both vector and raster data.
Learn about the GPS and the Remote Sensing technologies.
Learn how to use the QGIS software.
Understand map projections and reference systems.
Build a web map from scratch and publish it online.
Geocode addresses to longitude and latitude coordinates.
Complete an entire GIS project on acquiring, processing, analyzing, and visualizing GIS data.
Learn how to perform joins, clipping, normalization, and many more core GIS operations.

This GIS (Geographic Information Systems) course will get you up and running with GIS in a very short time. By the end of the course, you will feel confident and completely understand GIS technology and how to use GIS software to make maps.

In the course, you will be able to create both offline and online GIS maps from scratch. On top of that, you will practice GIS by completing an entire GIS project using census datasets that contain millions of data records.

The course is ideal for professionals such as programmers, social scientists, geologists, and all other experts who need to use maps in their field. If you’re planning to undertake a task that requires GIS skills, this course will give you the confidence you need to understand and solve a GIS problem.

In the course, you will understand what GIS is by looking at various GIS use cases. You will learn about vector and raster formats used in GIS. You will also learn about GPS and remote sensing technologies which are tightly related to geographic information systems. The course also covers map projections which can become the nightmare of a GIS project if they are not properly understood. You will convert geographic coordinates back and forth to different projection systems.

One important part of the course is the practice activities. You will be given some raw spatial data which you will use to create a map using the QGIS software. Moreover, you will learn how web mapping works and you will create a web map with QGIS and OpenLayers and publish it online on your own website without using any third party service.

In the last part of the course, you will learn how to acquire, clean, analyze, and visualize education and income data from the census database.

What is GIS

1
Course Introduction

Let's get to know with the course firs before we dive into GIS.

2
GIS explained

You will get to know with the formal definition of GIS, but you will also get an exaqmple illustration of what GIS really involves in practice.

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A GIS example

Learn how create a map of points with an OpenStreetMap base map in very simple steps using the QGIS software.

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A more real world GIS example

Learn how to approach and solve a GIS problem by finding out the number of people 1 mile within a series of business address locations.

5
Quiz 1

Let's make sure you know what GIS is and what it means to know GIS.

Map projections and spatial reference systems

1
Introduction

Get introduced to the content of this section.

2
Map projections

Map projections are crucial when working with spatial data.

3
Coordinate systems

You will learn how coordinate systems come into the game with projections.

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Datums

Datums are where a map projection is anchored. Here you will understand them.

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Geographic coordinates

You will learn what longitude and latitude really mean.

6
Global Positioning System (GPS)

You will learn how the GPS technology works.

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UTM projection

You will be introduced to a type of map projection that is used globaly today.

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Quiz 2

Understanding map projections and spatial reference systems.

GIS data acquisition

1
Introduction

Get introduced to the content of this section.

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GPS data

You will learn about the structure of the GPS data and how to use them in GIS

3
Remote Sensing data

You will learn about the structure of the Remote Sensing data and how to use them in GIS

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Quiz 3

Make sure you have understood the difference between GPS and remote sensing data.

GIS data structure

1
Introduction

Get introduced to the content of this section.

2
Vector or raster?

Here you will learn when to use vector and raster formats to represent geographic features.

3
Raster format

You will deepen your understanding of GIS raster data and their file formats.

4
Vector format

You will deepen your understanding of GIS vector data and their file formats.

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Quiz 4
Raster of Vector maps? Check your knowledge.

QGIS software tutorial

1
Introduction

Get introduced to the content of this section.

2
Converting CSV to Shapefile

You will learn how to create a shapefile out of a CSV file in QGIS.

3
Converting addresses to coordinates

You will learn how to geocode addresses by converting them to numeric coordinates.

4
Adding a satellite background to a map

You will learn how to add a basemap to your GIS data so that you get an optimal cartographic look.

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Stylizing geographic features

You will learn how to represent your GIS data by using stylizing capabilities of QGIS.

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Producing the final map

You will learn how to produce a high resolution image file out of your QGIS map.

Web mapping in QGIS

1
Introduction

Get introduced to the content of this section.

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System architecture of web mapping

You will be introduced to the components that build a web mapping application.

3
Producing a web map of San Francisco supermarkets

You will create a web map with OpenLayers and QGIS and publish it online.

4
Exercise: Adding a transparent polygon layer to the web map

Here you will find the instruction and the data you need to add a polygon layer to the web map.

5
Exercise hints

Here are some hints that will help you solve the web mapping exercise.

6
Exercise solution

If you had problems solving the exercise, this lecture will clear them off the list.

GIS final project

1
Introduction

Get introduced to the section of this course.

2
Getting census data from the web

Learn how to download census CSV and shapefile data from census.gov and factfinder.census.gov.

3
Tip on data handling
4
Getting shapefile data from the census database

Learn how to download GIS shapefiles from the US census online database.

5
Joining CSV census attributes with shapefiles

Learn how to join any census data to GIS shapefiles.

6
Creating census thematic maps in QGIS

Learn how to turn your census data into maps in QGIS.

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Normalizing GIS data in QGIS

Learn how to normalize population data by applying operations between attribute fields.

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Producing the complete map on PDF

Learn how to create a map with map elements following standard cartographic rules.

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Final exercise

Practice your GIS skills with this exercise.

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Test Video
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