Software and materials for the workshop on Introduction to GIS with
QGIS and R at ATCEN, Petaling Jaya, 17 - 23 March 2018.
Please bring a laptop computer for the workshop. Working with GIS
images and raster files is computer-intensive, so it helps if you
have a fast computer.
You can use a Mac with OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later. You will
need the XQuartz utility installed. But note
that the facilitators haven't used QGIS or R on a Mac.
Before the workshop
Before the workshop, please do the following:
- Download and install the necessary software (see
below) on your LAPTOP, in particular the R and QGIS
programs. This is especially important if you need help from the
IT department to install software.
- Please prepare ONE slide to introduce yourself and email to
The slide should be nearly square for projection: the
aspect ratio should be 4:3. We'll put these together to make a presentation for the first
You will need the following software installed on your laptop:
- We suggest that you choose the "long term release",
version 2.18, as this is more reliable. The new
version 3.0.0 is likely still full of bugs and some of the
plugins we need are not yet available.
- Go to the
QGIS site here for information on installation and to
download the installer: GQIS standalone Installer Version 2.18
- When installing QGIS, you have the option to download
example data sets: please check all three (North Carolina, South
Dakota, and Alaska) and confirm that you want to download them.
Alternatively, you can download them separately
- After installation, open QGIS and go to Plugins > Manage and
install plugins. Make sure you have the following plugins
installed, clicking the "Install plugin" button if necessary:
- 1. Affine transformation
2. Gdal Tools
3. Georeferencer GDAL
4. GPS tools
5. Heatmap plugin
6. Interpolation plugin
9. OpenLayers plugin
10. Oracle Spatial GeoRaster
12. Raster Terrain Analysis plugin
13. Road graph
14. Spatial Query plugin
15. Table Manager
16. XY tools
17. Zonal statistics plugin
- Download the PDF version of the
QGIS manual here. You don't need to print it out, but it may
be useful to refer to.
R statistical software
- Download and install
statistical software. The latest version is 3.4.3; if you have a version
prior to 3.4.1, please install the latest.
- You can install most of the packages we will need by opening R and
copy-pasting the following line into the R console:
install.packages(c("wiqid", "GISTools", "raster", "maptools", "rgdal",
"rgeos", "secr", "adehabitatHR", "BBMM"))
- We will have good wifi connectivity at the venue, so can install other R
packages when needed. Administrator passwords are not needed to install
A spreadsheet program
- You should have either
LibreOffice Calc (which is free software) or Microsoft Excel.
A PDF reader
- You need a PDF Reader which allows you to annotate PDFs, such as
The outline workshop schedule is
We will provide a hard-copy workshop guide which you
can place next to your laptop while you work through the exercises.
The workshop guide and the data sets are very large files, so these
will be distributed on USB sticks at the start of the workshop.