Outline content for the workshop

Introduction to GIS with QGIS and R

  Geographic information system (GIS) tools are essential today for understanding what is happening around us.

A commonly used application is QGIS, which is free, open-source, cross-platform software that is regularly maintained. The R statistical software package also has good GIS capabilities, and data can be used for modelling.

This workshop is intended for those who want to learn the basics of GIS but do not have access to proprietary software.


The following topics will be covered:

  • A bit of history of navigation and map-making.
  • Opening QGIS and adding data from shape files to build a map. Finding free resources on the internet.
  • Coordinate reference systems: different ways to specify locations for different purposes; CRS's used in Malaysia and globally.
  • Transfering data between QGIS and a GPS receiver.
  • Importing and working with additional information for the features mapped.
  • Creating and editing simple shape files.
  • Preparing printable maps for your report.
  • Opening and styling raster data files in QGIS. Elevation and climate data; deriving more information, eg, slope, aspect. Georeferencing images.
  • Manipulating spatial data in R; example - home range analysis.
  • Moving data between QGIS and R; example - GIS layers for occupancy modelling.

All participants should come with a laptop computer with QGIS, R and a spreadsheet package installed.

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