Introduction to Free/Libre and Open Source GIS v.1.0
Welcome to the "Introduction to Free/Libre and Open Source Geographic Information Systems" class. This (online) course was designed and taught from UMass Amherst, in the Spring 2007. This course teaches concepts using QGIS, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, PGAdmin, and the GRASS plugin to QGIS.
Important: This page resides on OSGeo's server. But the exercises and other content below reside on a wiki at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. To access them you will be prompted for a userid and password. Use (no quotes) "foss" (UID) and "umass" (PW).
All content below is provided on this wiki is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License and is being developed as part of the [Open Geospatial Foundation's educational resources effort]. This means that users are free to copy and share this material with others.
But if you do find this material useful or make a new derivative based on this material, we would like to know. Please email us at cschweik AT pubpol DOT umass DOT edu. We hope any new derivatives will be posted back on the OSGeo wiki or whatever collaborative platform we might move to in the future.
- 1 GIS FUNDAMENTALS
- 2 GIS INPUT METHODS
- 2.1 Exercise: Web GIS data resources: US and global
- 2.2 Exercise: An example of regional web resources: Massachusetts, USA digital data
- 2.3 Exercise: Georeferencing with QGIS
- 2.4 Exercise: Online Digitizing and Adding Attribute Data using QGIS
- 2.5 Exercise: GPS Field exercise (for people with a GPS)
- 2.6 Exercise: Mapping GPS points with QGIS and adding attribute data
- 3 GIS DATABASES
- 3.1 Exercise: Using data layers from Spatial Data Engines (SDE): PostgreSQL and PostGIS
- 3.2 Exercise: Analyzing attribute data with SQL. (part I: SELECT statements)
- 3.3 Exercise: Analyzing attribute data with SQL. (part 2: Joining tables)
- 3.4 Exercise: Integrating spatial and non-spatial data
- 3.5 Exercise: Installing client software to work with SDE
- 3.6 Exercise: Installing PostgreSQL/PostGIS database
- 4 GIS-BASED ANALYSIS
- 4.1 Exercise: Making maps in QGIS
- 4.2 Exercise: Analysis using the QGIS GRASS plug-in. Plug-in basics.
- 4.3 Exercise: Site selection 1: Raster Analysis
- 4.4 Exercise: Site selection 2: Vector Analysis
- 5 CONTRIBUTING TO FOSS GIS
- 6 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Exercise: QGIS Overview
Assignment: Intro to QGIS
Assignment: GIS Literature Review
Exercise: Installing QGIS
GIS INPUT METHODS
Exercise: Web GIS data resources: US and global
Exercise: Georeferencing with QGIS
Assignment: Georeferencing practice
Assignment: On-screen digitizing practice
Extra Credit: Using GPX formatted GPS data
Exercise: Integrating spatial and non-spatial data
Exercise: Installing PostgreSQL/PostGIS database
Exercise: Making maps in QGIS
Assignment: GRASS Plug-in basics
Exercise: Site selection 1: Raster Analysis
Exercise: Site selection 2: Vector Analysis
Assignment: Raster analysis practice
Assignment: Vector analysis practice
CONTRIBUTING TO FOSS GIS
Module still needs to be written. Anyone from OSGeo interested?
Support for the development of this course was provided by:
The [The Department of Natural Resources Conservation], [The Center for Public Policy and Administration], and [The National Center for Digital Government], all at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
All datasets use information from [The Massachusetts Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS)]
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number NSFIIS 0447623 and generous support from the [IBM Corporation's Academic Initiative]. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the units above.