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Our first OSGeo local chapter meet up! We will chew the cud, show you some cool stuff and start to get people familiar with the brilliant FOSS GeoSpatial products out there!

We'll go through installing some software and getting it to a point where you can have fun with it.

How Much?

There will be a door charge of R250 to cover costs & refreshments. That and an open mind are all you need to bring.


St Davids Marist Inanda College
36 Rivonia Rd

Map and Directions

NB: We'll be in the Prep School computer lab.


  • Saturday June 27th 2009
  • QGIS course: 08h30 to 15h30
  • includes lunch and refreshments


Your friendly presenters for the day will be:

  • Tim Sutton (tim at - QGIS hacker and FOSS GIS junkie extraordinaire. Tim eats Weetbix for breakfast because it sounds like Linux. He once rewrote Nkosi Sikelela in C++ because he was feeling patriotic.
  • Graeme McFerren - (graeme.mcferren at - GIS researcher and FOSS4G user. Mmm, aspire to be like Tim then.
  • Gavin Fleming (gavinjfleming at gmail dot com) - I enjoy my daily FOSS4G fix and telling people how great it was. I'm a 'geoinformation scientist' at Mintek and love to see cutting edge and useful geospatial applications emerging.
  • Brendon Wolff-Piggott - (brendon at - Water resources consultant and FOSS GIS enthusiast. I wish there were more hours in the day to keep up with FOSS4G!


Let gavinjfleming at gmail dot com know if you're coming as numbers are limited.

Programme in a nutshell

  • Be there in time for a 8h30 start

QGIS inside out

Introduction: Purpose of the workshop and overview of QGIS.

Demo all QGIS functionality - every menu item, button and plugin.

Loading and viewing data - common data formats, symbolisation. Tips and tricks to enhance image display.

Attribute viewing and management. Switching from attribute query to spatial selection and vice versa.

Editing spatial data in QGIS.

  • Tea break

Setting up a QGIS Project. Explain all the settings. Which ones are used most. Projections basics.

Toolbars and plug-ins revisited.

KML and Google Earth.

Using with PostGIS - SPIT.

Where to get free spatial data - S-G, OpenStreetMaps, Tracks for Africa (?), GPS

  • Lunch

Incl things like Actions, intro to Python console and perhaps API.

Special section on 'advanced analysis with QGIS' - GRASS, Carson Farmer's plugins with R, etc.

Then spend a bit more time at the end revisiting areas that the audiences wants.

9. Show off session

Here we can do some whizz bang demo stuff that we don't have time to do in workshop format but that will give you some hints as to what else can be achieved.

Terrain modelling and drapes.

10. General

Questions and answers. What you can do next. Resources. Possibly some in-depth examples based on frequent questions. What would you like to see at future workshops?

11. Your assessment of the workshop

Tell us what you thought!

Workshop Notes

Welcome, introductions and overview

Lets make a map - First steps with QGIS

Working with attributes

Making changes to the map

  • Tea

Setting up a QGIS Project

Toolbars and plug-ins revisited

KML and Google Earth

Using with QGIS with PostGIS

  • Lunch

Using Actions

Introduction to the Python console

The Python API

Advanced analysis with QGIS


Plugins - Carson Farmer's plugins with R, etc.

Audience Selections