Purpose of this slideset

This slideset is for anyone interested in training themselves on QGIS, an open source mapping program. It is not meant to be a complete guide, but rather an entry point to create basic maps and to learn basic GIS principals.  It will work best if you use your own dataset, and use this as a guide to the basic functions. The slideset has been adapted for online use without a “live” trainer and is primarily targeting those in resource challenged settings who cannot afford more expensive mapping software, but feel their projects would benefit from map visualizations.


Module 1: GIS Workshop Concept and Practice

Module 2: Attribute Tables and Adding Data to QGIS

Module 3: Mapping and Related Concepts

Module 4: Metadata, Clipping Layers & Coordinates, Finalizing Maps and Priority Setting

Background on development

The slideset was created for a 4 day training for programmers who were interested in learning open source GIS .  This training was developed as part of the Mozambique Health Information System  (HIS) project (PI, Starley Shade, PhD) to support Mozambican Open Architectures, Standard, and Information Systems (MOASIS), an in-country NGO affiliated with the Mozambican Ministry of Health..  One of the MOASIS programmers, Joao Machiana, subsequently incorporated QGIS in another software development project. This slideset was then used in another multi- day training with ITECH Mozambique staff. Both clinical staff and quality assurance staff attended, and the training elicited a lively discussion about both the content and creation of the maps. ITECH Mozambique staff have integrated mapping into their quality assurance activities and have developed multiple QGIS maps for conference posters and internal reports.

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Nancy Warren

Last modified: March 27, 2014