May 23, 2011

Open Source GIS Course


This is an introductory-level course. So if you are new to GIS, new to FOSS GIS or are experienced in other GIS software and want to find out how to do your work in Quantum GIS, this course is for you. The course is offered by Gavin Fleming of Afrispatial and FOSS GIS Academy.

QGIS 23–25 MAY 2011

Quantum GIS (QGIS) is the ideal professional desktop GIS for any application.

Our aim is to make you comfortable with FOSS GIS tools for your day to day GIS work. Quantum GIS provides a compelling alternative to proprietary GIS in many situations. We will start by installing QGIS, then take you through the workflow of loading data from disparate sources, creating data from scratch, data analysis and producing a professional map suitable for delivery to a decision maker. We will also take a look at some of the many plugins available for QGIS and touch on the use of GRASS within QGIS. Lastly we will look at how QGIS can be integrated into a multi-user enterprise environment by using it as a web services and geospatial database client.


PostGIS is a spatial database that is more than just a spatial data store. Users, web map servers and other applications can all run off the same database. And beware! Doing spatial analysis in PostGIS can become addictive.

The PostGIS ‘extra’ is a little more advanced than QGIS but is beginner to intermediate as far as PostGIS goes. We will cover installing PostgreSQL and PostGIS, loading data, performing spatial queries, doing spatial analysis with SQL and using PostGIS with QGIS.


Quantum GIS is R3000 per person, and PostGIS extra is R2000 per person. Register at You will need to organize your own travel and accommodation. Attendance of the course requires bringing your own laptop with on which the required software will be installed during the course.

Open Source GIS Course

The FOSSGIS Academy is a joint venture between Linfiniti Consulting cc, AfriSpatial cc and Geograph (Pty) Ltd. Tim Sutton and Gavin Fleming is presenting a course at AIMS on QGIS and PostGIS from 22 to 26 November 2010. Read Tim’s writeup at the Linfiniti Geo Blog.