Below is a detailed program for the face to face workshop ‘Introduction to Geographical Information Systems’ which will be held from December 3 until December 5 2013 in Antwerp. This workshop is available to EDENext participants. Places are limited and priority will be given to those nominated by their EDENext group leaders. If you would like to be considered for this workshop please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Workshop will be followed up with a distance learning course. The schedule of which is also included below.
Workshop Program 3 – 5 December 2013
Tuesday 13:30 – 14:00
Tuesday 14:00 – 14:30
Block 1: Introduction to the course
Participants introduce themselves:
- their research and
- why they enrolled for this course
- what are their expectations of the course
- Lecturers are introduced
- Course approach is explained
- Workshop program is explained
- Short introduction to the different GIS-software (ArcGIS, Manifold, Idrisi, Erdas, …) and motivation for using QGIS in this course
Tuesday 14:30 – 17:00
Block 2: Introduction to QGIS
- run QGIS on their personal laptops;
- understand the different parts of the QGIS interface;
- manage to open some vector files and change their appearance;
- can load and enable plugins;
- have a general understanding of how the QGIS open source initiative compares with commercial GIS software.
- import vector files
- change appearance of the vector files
Wednesday 9:00 – 10:30, 11:00 – 12:30
Block 3: Projection Systems
- understand the different coordination reference systems;
- understand when to work with projected data;
- are able to handle projection problems.
- assign a missing geographic coordinate system;
- convert a geographic coordinate system to a projected coordinate system;
- make area calculations in a projected coordinate system.
Wednesday 14:00 – 17:30
Block 4: Data formats & sources
- understand the vector data format (shapefiles);
- understand the raster data formats (resolution, header, file size in relation to resolution);
- advantages/disadvantages of vector and raster data;
- are able to cope with different formats in QGIS;
- are able to find GIS data on the internet;
- are able to explore a geo database;
- basic steps for data standardization and cleaning;
- understand meta-data.
- use raster data formats
- find GIS data on the internet
Thursday 9:00 – 10:30, 11:00 – 12:30
Block 5: Geo-processing of Vector Data
Participants can perform basic vector geo-processing
Perform the following operations using a set of data:
Perform an attribute and spatial query.
The Workshop will be followed up with a distance learning course. The schedule of which is included below...
Distance learning program: December 2013 – March 2014
Block 6: Recapitulation GIS exercises
Participants refresh their GIS knowledge from the workshop.
Block 7: Working with tabular data
- convert tabular data into a shapefile;
- link tabular data with GIS data based on a common field.
Block 8: Google Earth
- use Google Earth as a data source;
- delineate vector data (points and polygons) using Google Earth;
- export and import the vector data in GE and QGIS.
Block 9: Create Raster Data
- make an interpolation;
- make a distance calculation.
Block 10: Perform Raster operations
- classify surface rasters into thematic rasters,
- perform a raster calculation (crosstabulation);
- combine information of multiple rasters;
- perform a simple multi-criteria decision analysis.
Block 11: Epidemiological Analysis
- calculate and visualize epidemiological data;
Block 12: Data preparation & Sampling Strategy
- retrieve raster information (pixel values) for a point layer;
- design a stratified random sampling;
- prepare their own data set.