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What topics do you think are essential in a 25-hour "crash course" introduction for Quantum GIS?

What topics do you think are nice extras to be included in such a course?

Target audience: Zero or rudimentary knowledge in mapping and geospatial software.

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What are the objectives of the course btw? The objective would help narrow down our answers, otherwise we might as well add all topics. – R.K. Sep 14 '12 at 4:50
introduce basic geospatial concepts (no prior knowledge assumed), QGIS as primary desktop GIS, visualization of spatial data, working with non-spatial data. Nothing on analytics. – n1kn0k Sep 15 '12 at 6:23
I found this: and it seems to have identified the essential topics to get someone off and running on QGIS – n1kn0k Sep 15 '12 at 23:46
You might want to post that as an answer :) – R.K. Sep 16 '12 at 2:52
Thank you for posting your answers, they've been helpful. I found this site that I think meets the requirements I outlined – n1kn0k Sep 16 '12 at 5:21

Have you looked at the "gentle GIS introduction" found on the QGIS website? Might be a good starting place to look for topics.

The address is:

It's found towards the bottom of the page.

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This beginner's course offered by GBD Consult might be a good reference. Their course covers the following topics:

  • Installation Overview and Applications of Quantum GIS
  • Introduction to the Graphical User Interface
  • Data management and fundamentals on projections
  • Integrating and analyzing vector and raster data
  • Attribute management and digitizing
  • Working with the core plug-ins
  • Integrating and working with external plugins
  • Exchange of data and layout printable maps
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There is a presentation for beginners about Qgis features that I made for an Webnar, the link is here: . It's in Portuguese but there is little text.

Editable version:

The topics that I suggest:

  • Qgis is a machine, data enters and information (maps) exit.
  • Qgis is open source, what is open source and the implications.
  • Accept a lot of data formats through Gdal/ogr, what is raster and vectors.
  • Present some qgis processing tools.
    --- That end the basics, now starts the magic:
  • Qgis uses grass and postgis which creates an enormous processing power.
  • what is grass.
  • what is postgis.
  • Qgis has an API which expose the engine under the hood and can automate repetitive tasks. (waht is an api).
    --- Final thoughts:
  • Qgis is composed by many libraries and they are very well maintained.
  • Qgis has a lot of help and support.
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I think this is nice deck for quickie intro in QGIS. You mind putting a link for the editable version. I'll put some time in for an English version – n1kn0k Sep 15 '12 at 5:32
Here goes the link: – Pablo Sep 18 '12 at 17:02
Muchas gracias Pablo. – n1kn0k Sep 19 '12 at 23:35

Micha Silver has published a complete tutorial for qgis beginners (11 excercises), see overview here: and the complete course materials here:

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I would especially like to learn QGIS/Python tools and methods that ArcGIS users accomplish with Spatial Analyst tools, such as:

  • Extract by Mask
  • Raster Calculator
  • Reclassify
  • Zonal Statistics
  • Focal Statistics
  • Kernel Density
  • Iso Cluster, MLC, PCA
  • Hydrology Tools
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Yes, this would be interesting for advanced users, but perhaps not for people being introduced to GIS. – n1kn0k Sep 25 '12 at 3:40
You can do this by using GRASS GIS (also via QGIS), for a course see – markusN Sep 29 '12 at 8:51

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