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QGIS for Educators: Basics of QGIS

This is the second in our series of videos showing educators the main features and applications of QGIS (Quantum GIS) in the classroom. In this video we will...


If you need help downloading and installing there is a video tutorial. Once installed, this simple tutorial gets you started with the free, open-source GIS platform.  For more about resources on how to use QGIS, see:

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QGIS Workshop

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Harvard CGA Quantum GIS Workshop...


This is a good way to familiarize yourself with the open source (read: free!) GIS system QGIS. 

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Welcome to the Quantum GIS Project

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This is another free GIS option (this one an open source option).   This is a full-blown GIS, with more mapping, editing and exporting options. 

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:03 PM

Open source GIS: QGIS

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Do you want to use GIS but don't have the budgetary support to install expensive software?  Don't know where to start?  QGIS is a free, open-source GIS that is a nice option for schools operating on a limited budget that still want a full GIS platform.


Here is an excellent set of video screencasts that are an introduction to what GIS is, using the QGIS software: .  This site also has sample data, tutorials and worksheets.


Another excellent tutorial for novices to GIS is found here: .  This tutorial was especially designed for journalists creating maps, and walks you through the installation process as well as some of the basics of the user interface.


Many small city governments without the budget to run proprietary GIS software use QGIS and here is a repository of QGIS resources including blogs, forums, tutorials and user manuals: ; An excellent blog with QGIS tutorials is:

DanielePiccolo's curator insight, April 20, 2016 9:21 AM
Articolo molto utile per entrare nel mondo di QGIS
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QGIS: Open-source GIS resources

QGIS: Open-source GIS resources | Geography Education |

For GIS day, I not only celebrate ESRI, but also want to acknowledge the open-source GIS community.  This site provides many resources for those seeking to try out QGIS or other GIS platforms, but haven't known where to start.   

Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 6:43 PM
I haven't delved into QGIS as of yet, but am toying around with it for the future (especially for my 'pre-GIS' class that doesn't exist yet called 'Mapping our Changing World.')
Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:04 PM

Try QGIS: you never might like it!

DanielePiccolo's curator insight, April 20, 2016 9:23 AM
Risorse bibliografiche utili per l'uso di QGIS