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This thread lists free as in $0 workshops in GIS and related fields that have their material available to view or download online. The list is not limited to FOSS GIS, as GISers usually use a combination of open and closed source tools to accomplish their tasks. Some of these tools are easier than others and some are better documented. This list will be a great benefit to the community especially for new comers to the field.

General GIS

Open-source GIS

ESRI Products


These links include either theoretical or applied transportation knowledge in transportation planning

Disaster Management


Geo Statistics

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Are we talking about (forthcoming?) events or web materials from past workshops? – radek Nov 24 '11 at 14:35
@radek I was thinking more along the lines of existing documentation that individuals can download and do on their own free time. But if it's forthcoming and the material will be available for download later then I see no issue with that. – dassouki Nov 24 '11 at 14:39
The link "Three years worth of webinars and workshops on Transportation Modeling" does not help -- it goes to a "404-File not found" notice. – Catlike Feb 4 '14 at 0:40
What happened to the ELOGeo repository? – Nikos Alexandris Oct 20 '14 at 9:29 does not return any content. – HimBromBeere Apr 5 at 14:11
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  • The bostongis website provides many tutorials and quick guides regarding PostGIS, SQL Server 2008 and spatial analyses, openlayers, OSM and openlayers and some more.
  • The faunitalia youtube channel gives video tutorial regarding Qgis and plugins
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That link (faunitalia) goes to "This channel does not exist." – Catlike Feb 4 '14 at 0:33
@Catlike : thanks, it has been updated – simo Feb 4 '14 at 7:43

Though there may also be other lecture series at different University websites, the UNBC site has some good content, particularly for beginning users:

Other courses besides GEOG 204 are listed in the menu on the left-hand side.

Along the same lines as academic content (rather than workshops per se, but still useful), Google books has a number of free items related to GIS:

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GIS Programming and Automation - Penn State has a free class online that's a pretty good introduction to Python use in ArcGIS

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Stanford University has a site with a number of links to tutorials:

CUNY Baruch has a tutorial:

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Lex Berman's online QGIS materials are very helpful. He works at Harvard's Center for Geographic Analysis.

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I am trying to give free tutorials here:

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Mark C Jan 11 '15 at 11:24
@Mark C The problem lies with the question, not this answer! The question explicitly asks for links and references. What we really would appreciate, though, is some kind of description of these tutorials--what can be found in them, to whom they are addressed, and so on--so that people will have some information to decide whether to follow the link. – whuber Jan 11 '15 at 20:55
@whuber When I first asked the question a few years ago, my intention was to create a bit of an "active" listing of available Free GIS courses which didn't exist at the time. I like your idea of adding more description and detail to each one of them. – dassouki Jan 12 '15 at 13:00

There's a new Coursera MOOC (starting today, Feb 22nd, 2016) called Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization and is offered by UC Davis.

It's geared towards beginners, and gives participants 1 year license to some ESRI product.

If you're reading this in the future, see if the specialization or any of its courses are given again.

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