Introduction to QGIS (Jan 13th, 2023) at Branner Earth Sciences Library


Date and Time 
January 13, 2023

This workshop aims to accomplish two things: Introduce participants to basic vocabulary, concepts and techniques for working with spatial data in research and introduce the interface and tools in QGIS, a free & open source desktop GIS software. This introductory session will focus upon the fundamental concepts and skills needed to begin using Geographic Information Systems software for the exploration and analysis of spatial data using the QGIS platform.

Topics will include:

  • What is GIS?
  • Spatial Data Models and Formats
  • Projections and Coordinate Systems
  • Basic Data Management
  • The QGIS User Interface
  • Simple Analysis using Visualization
  • Creating Spatial Datasets
  • Proximity and Overlay Analysis
  • Hotspot Mapping
  • Cartographic Presentation & Export

Note: Open to current Stanford affiliates ONLY. This workshop or prior GIS experience are required for most other SGC workshops.

Preparation: Please arrive with your own laptop, with the current Pre-Release (PR) version of QGIS installed for your operating system.