QGIS 2.8 for the Complete Beginner

QGIS 2.8 for the Complete Beginner

Dave Murray, GIS Coordinator for the City of Westminster will be leading a workshop on QGIS. QGIS is an open source desktop program that is quickly gaining users around the world.  There is a good reason for this interest, it is a powerful program that anyone can use.  This three hour workshop will introduce attendees to a number of the features that make this an attractive desktop GIS to consider.  No experience with QGIS is assumed, but some familiarity with desktop GIS software would be helpful. 

The class will walk through the following tasks that with give the attendee a starting place to be able to evaluate and use this program:

  1. Overview of the QGIS history and development ecosystem
  2. Familiarity with the interface and standard tools
  3. Feature symbolization
  4. Data formats
  5. Data projections
  6. Raster display and processing
  7. Cartographic output
  8. Linking to web services
  9. Address Geocoding
  10. Data analysis
  11. Data automation
  12. Advanced topics and some that you might not have seen before

The class will use Pitkin County data downloaded from the Open Colorado website (http://opencolorado.org/).  This workshop will be designed for individuals interested in getting started with desktop mapping, but don’t know where to start.  Those that have experience with desktop GIS programs will generally find similarities with the programs they know.   Everyone should come away with the ability to start using QGIS to solve many of their spatial problems. 

The instructor is Dave Murray, GIS Coordinator for the City of Westminster and a Lecturer at the University of Colorado at Denver in the Geography Department.  He can be contacted at dmurray@cityofwestminster.us or (303) 658-2140.