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This manual is introductory manual for learning GIS with QGIS was used in the a day-long workshop held at Baruch each semester, which is open to Baruch and CUNY affiliates. For more information and registration visit the practicum page on the GIS Research Guide. NOTE: if you are participating in the hands-on workshop you will be given a bound, printed version in class. Anyone and everyone is welcome to use this tutorial for personal or classroom use under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. However, you may not copy and re-host this material on another website.

For QGIS 3.10 A Coruna (current LTR release)

Introduction to GIS Using Open Source Software

6th 10th edition (July 2015Apr 2020)

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QGIS Software for Download

The manual was written for QGIS version 23.8 10 (Wien)A Coruna), which is the current Long Term Release version. Because there are enough differences between versions you should download and install 23.8 10 if you are taking the workshop.

The QGIS website defaults gives you the option to the most recent release version for downloading (as of July 2016, 2.14 Essen is the most recent release).



download the Latest Release or Long Term Release - this workshop always uses the Long Term Release. 3.10 A Coruna is the current LTR.