QGIS Open-source GIS Software Level 1& 2-Training in Africa

Are you interested in gaining skills in the growing field of geographic information science? Are you already a GIS professional but want to learn how to use a powerful free and open source GIS product? If so, this training is for you.

This training will allow you to create, edit, view and publish geographic information under QGIS -an open source geographic information system (GIS) software. You will also know how to use QGIS software to perform GIS tasks that solve spatial problems. Trainees will get introduced to the QGIS interface, and will then engage in real-world projects to use QGIS for solving vector, raster, and database problems.

Course Duration

Level 1: 3 days Level 2: 2 days (Total 5 days)


Basics in computing science

Target Audience

Anyone who wants to handle, organize, represent cartographic data

Training Costs

USD2650 (International Nominees) or KES 265,000.00 (excl of VAT)(Kenyans only)

Training Dates

14th to 18th May 2018


Sarova Panafric, Nairobi, Kenya

Training Content

Reminders on GIS and Geographical Information (GI)
• The Geographical Information
• Coordinate systems, projections, vector, Raster data, webservices
• Data suppliers & GIS applications

Getting started with QGIS
• QGIS: general description and preference tools
• Data connection, graphic selection, attribute and statistical data, bookmarks, measure a distance or an area, save a project

Representation and publication of GIS datasets
• Graphic semiology, Labels
• Thematic analysis• Build a map composition with Map Composer, print and export a map

Joins and data interrogation
• Database joins and SQL query
• Data export

Data creation (digitalization)
• Create a Vector layer (shapefile format)
• Draw new geometries in a layer (drawing tools, points, lines, polygons)
• Update attribute datasets

Raster and DEM data management with QGIS
• Georeference a Raster
• Create a terrain map
• Extract contour lines, Hillshade and slope map
• Clip a Raster

Spatial analysis with QGIS
• Create a buffer area, Intersection, clipping of layers
• Group of geometries and attributes

Advanced layers symbology with QGIS
• Symbol import
• Display layers at your scale
• Symbol levels / Labels with display conditions / rules

QGIS toolbox
• Getting started with the QGIS toolbox
• Advanced spatial analysis
• Getting started with the QGIS ETL (modelling) / Algorithm
• Conception of a data treatment model

Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this training session, trainees will be able to :
• Understand basics of the geographical information
• Manipulate and manage GIS data using MapInfo Professional and QGIS
• Display GIS datasets on maps
• Organize vector and raster databases
• Integrate external database using joins an SQL queries
• Set thematic analysis maps with unique values, per range of values, per proportional symbols…
• Realize layout / Atlas
• Create / Digitize and modify vector datasets according to topology rules

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