GIS Practicum Manual - Introduction to GIS Using Open Source Software
Note - an updated practicum manual (5th ed) for QGIS 2.6 will be released on Jan 23, 2015.
This manual is used in the day-long workshop held at Baruch each semester, which is open to Baruch and CUNY affiliates ONLY. For more information and registration visit the GIS Practicum page. NOTE: if you are participating in the hands-on workshop you will be given a bound, printed version in class.
Anyone is welcome to use this tutorial under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works License, for personal or classroom use. You may NOT copy and re-host this material on another website.
Introduction to GIS Using Open Source Software
QGIS Software for Download
The manual was written for QGIS version 1.8 (Lisboa). Because there are enough differences between versions you should download and install 1.8 if you are taking the workshop.
- MS Windows users: QGIS 1.8
- MAC users (OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, Mt Lion): Download and install GDAL 1.9 1st, GSL Frameworks 1.16 2nd, and QGIS 1.8 3rd.
- Linux users should consult the QGIS download page and follow the instructions to download the 1.8 release version for your distro.
The QGIS website defaults to the most recent release version for downloading (as of Dec 2014, 2.6 Brighton is the most recent release).
Raster Tutorial for QGIS: an addendum to the practicum that focuses on working with raster data.