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Quantum GIS tutorial

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Announcing the “QGIS for Newbies” Quantum GIS Tutorial

The Challenge… Shade a GIS Map in 5 Steps

You’ll learn…

* What is a GIS
* How to download and install QGIS.
* How to open GIS air photos and maps in QGIS.
* How to zoom in and out, query, measure…
* How to interpret a GIS map.
* How to create your first shaded map, step-by-step.

and more…

* 3 hours of subtitled video
* Video transcripts
* Study notes
* Sample dataset

I hope you’ll join me in my simple and practical approach to teaching GIS.  Just enter a name and email in the box to the side and I send you your login details.

The signup form for the “Quantum GIS for Newbies” eCourse is just to the right ->.

I have wanted to teach an online introduction to GIS (Geographical Information Systems) course for some time now. Recently there has been a technological “perfect storm” and the obstacles that stood in the way have now disappeared…

  • The GIS’s I considered teaching were not user-friendly enough, were flakey, or too expensive.
  • The internet was too slow for the full multi-media experience I was hoping to achieve.
  • The desktop software to create the multi-media experience was not quite there.
  • The computer hardware was not quite there.
  • The membership website software was not quite there.
  • The “cloud” was not quite there.

You can tell a lot from the shapes in a map, and air photos are not just pretty pictures!

 

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  1. Kamulete Horasio

    I will be glad to receive these tutorials from you.
    Thanks

    1. Ian Allan

      Hey there

      Sorry for the late response. learnpracticalgis.com has moved to gis-university.com. Signup there for more free gis tutorials. Also I am experimenting with putting premium courses on Udemy.com. Here’s a coupon for a 1/2 price course if you’re interested.

      Cheers

      Ian

  2. James Romer

    Hello Ian: I’ve signed up for your course and retrieved the password you sent me from SPAM. But now I can’t find my way back to the LOG IN point, where I will enter my e-mail address and password. All I can find is the place for signing up (which I’ve already done). Please help, Jim Romer

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi James

      The login point is learnpracticalgis.com/giscourses/login-page/

      Apologies for not responding earlier. I have been very busy upgrading the course to reflect QGIS v2 and I overlooked your comment.

      Regards

      Ian

      Regards

      Ian

  3. soemyintdgse.03sm@gmail.com

    Thank you for your download wetsite.I received QGIS software.

    1. Ian Allan

      Good news, and you’re welcome! Be sure to let me know if you have problems or questions

      Ian

  4. abdel mohsen abd allah

    this agood idea ineed all lesson gis

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi abdel

      Be sure to enter your name & email in the box. Then follow the instructions and I will send you a user ID and password for lesson 1 (2 hrs of captioned video plus downloads).

      Hope you come on board

      Ian

  5. Nusret

    I want to join this fast growing society of QGIS. Thanks for this course.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Nusret

      Be sure to enter your name & email in the box at the following address http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/. Then follow the instructions and I will send you a user ID and password for QGIS For Newbies Lesson 1 (2 hrs of captioned video plus downloads).

      Apologies for not responding earlier…I overlooked your message.

      Regards

      Ian

  6. xuzhaonan

    hi,im a gis programmer.working with arcigs,C#.net. and im also be interested in opening gis. any chance to grab some more gis knowledge from your? thank you~

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi xuzhaonan

      You should signup for my latest series of free videos http://courses.learnpracticalgis.com/l1-signup/

      Regards

      Ian

  7. alemkere

    Dear Sir, till i have not get the conformation page, would you please to sent is soon in order to subscribe and join the course pls?

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Alemkere

      I have searched for your email address in my database and I cannot find it. It is not even there with the status of “unconfirmed”. This is the first time I have come across this problem. Can you please try signing up using a different web browser. If you continue having the problem, send me an email carefully describing what you did & include screen captures if possible to ian@learnpracticalgis.com

      Thankyou

      Ian

  8. Jack MacDonald

    I’ve signed up to your course, but only with some difficulty. The big red button does not appear when I use Google Chrome (preferred), but it does appear when using IE.
    Also, I tried logging in again after receiving confirmation message. Cannot see a “login” button, only the “new user sign-up” procedure. What am I missing?

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Jack

      I think you might have “signup” confused with “login”. Entering your details and clicking the red button sets off a procedure that ends with you getting a login (user-id & password). My backend software shows you have logged in once but I have resent you login details “just in case”. Please read the email carefully & I think you should be OK. Please send me another message if its not.

      Regards

      Ian

      1. jack macdonald

        OK – figured it out. I am accustomed to “login”-type websites to have BOTH a login and a signup function at a single URL. You have chosen to use a separate URL for the login site. That’s your choice, but just not one I would expect to see. I overlooked the special URL that you sent in your email. Whose fault? debatable, I suppose… I would call it a design flaw.

        However, now I’ve figured out how to login to your site, I am looking forward to the QGIS tutorials.

        1. Ian Allan

          Hi Jack

          There are so many bibs, bobs, cogs, nuts, bolts and pieces of string to a membership site with such a large free component that in the absence of spending tens of thousands of dollars on web expertise, specialized hosting, etc, the way I did it is just the way that it had to be done! I am but a humble geographer so I actually think that I’ve done pretty well. Glad you worked it out though.

          By the way. I just sent out a general email with a link to some new content. Just in case, I’m giving you advanced warning that you’ll have to signup for that too. Its two hours of pretty important introductory GIS video + downloads. If you think you’ll be interested, don’t muck around with it. I’ll be taking the videos down in a week or so & currently have no plans of putting them up again anytime soon.

          Enjoy. Regards

          Ian

  9. manjurani

    Hi Allan,i want to learn GIS detail,please teach me more about GIS. Thank you.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi manjurani

      You’re in the right spot. Watch for more emails from me in the coming days

      Ian

      1. ahmed

        hi Inllan i went to learn all gis and its function would you teach me ?
        please send a video and some necessary steps to do gis and its project/ thanks.

        1. Ian Allan

          Hi Ahmed

          I see you’ve signed up for lesson 1 of the QGIS for Newbies eCourse. You should have received login details from me. You should login to the membership site and do that lesson The full QGIS for Newbies will be announced in the next few days. Leading into the announcement I have released another 2 hours of video GIS training. I will be taking these videos down in a week or so. You can sign up to view them at http://courses.learnpracticalgis.com/l1-signup/

          Regards

          Ian

  10. Ted Medina

    Interested for GIS

  11. Ahse Ali

    kindly tell me about the applications which are useful for the hydrocarbons i.e oil and gas exploration in the oil industary or oil and gas exploration companies…

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Ali

      I don’t have any experience in that field. However, I have had a number of requests for field-specific examples. Providing such examples is something that’s on my to-do list.

      Ian

  12. robert page

    I am trying to sign up
    but I am not receiving a confirmation email

    1. robert page

      I also notice that the time and date of my message is wrong from where I am now it is the 02 dec at 10.14 am

      1. Ian Allan

        Hi Robert

        The time being sent to you will be server-time. This is either Michigan or Arizona in the US.

        Cheers

        Ian

    2. Ian Allan

      Hi Robert

      I have checked my database and I suspect this problem has resolved itself (I can see that you’ve logged in once). I have resent your login details just in case.

      Please let me know if you continue to have problems

      Ian

  13. Velmurugan

    Hi Ian Allan,

    I have a .kmz file which contains polygon and some other information. Is it possible to open .kmz file in QGIS2.0? (i have tried but not happened). If so can i convert the .kmz file into shape file?

    Thanks & regards
    VELMURUGAN K

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Velmurugan

      I must confess that I haven’t worked much with kmz. However I recall that a kmz file is a compressed version of a kml file. Can I suggest that you try using winzip or some other zip file decompression software to “unzip” your kmz file and give the result a “kml” extension. I just did a test and QGIS will open a kml file from the same file open menu that I show you in the “how to Open a Vector File” lesson. Once you have the kml file open in QGIS you can right-click on the map in the “layers” window and “save as” a shape file.

      By the way. How are you getting on with version 2.0? When I last tested it, it was unstable. Hence, I’m using version 1.8 for the course.

      I look forward to hearing back from you

      Ian

  14. d.s. rajpurohit

    hi,allan sir,I really interested in you new ecourse of Quantum GIS, I will be more than happy to join the course. iam forest officer woking as gis task i need thnks

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi there

      I noticed that you already have a login to lesson 1 of the course. I just resent your login details in case you lost them.

      I am working very hard on a launch for the remainder of the course but it has been much more complicated and so taken much longer than I anticipated. I have promised many times that it will be soon and I make that promise again. In the interim you should work through lesson 1. Please contact me again if you have any problems.

      Ian

  15. Adil

    Hi Sir
    First of all I would like to thanks and apreciate what you do and will do.
    With pleasure I found this site by chance while i was looking such courses for a friend, but I found it very usefull for me too.
    Thank you man very much and be sure I will be very grateful to you.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Adil

      I really enjoy getting feedback like this. If you’re interested in a beginners GIS course, then you should sign up to my QGIS for Newbies eCourse at http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/

      Regards

      ian

  16. FRANCIS OPALLA

    Hi Allan,
    I am working on a research on socio-economic impacts on rver regime.I hope your course will help.
    francis

    1. Ian Allan

      I hope you get something from the course too

      Ian

  17. Mesfin Wubeshet Gebremichael

    I was very much interested in the e-course you announced. I subscribed at the Learn Practical GIS site but I cannot login to access the tutorial videos. The login rejects me by saying my email address is not known. When I wanted to register again I got a response that I am subscribed already.

    Would you please assist.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Mesfin

      It seems you were one of the people affected by a mistake I made recently. I number of people didn’t get their login to the site because of it. I have deleted you from the database so now when you try to signup you will not get the “subscribed already” message. Please signup now. Otherwise you won’t get anymore updates from me.

      Apologies for the inconvenience

      Ian

  18. zubair bangroo

    hello sir,
    i have done my Master in Geoinformatics from Kashmir University – India. So I want to learn more about in this field, so is this possible to me to learn what i want????

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Zubar

      It seems you were one of the people affected by a mistake I made recently. I number of people didn’t get their login to the site because of it. I have deleted you from the database so now when you try to signup you will not get the “subscribed already” message. Please signup now. Otherwise you won’t get anymore updates from me.

      Apologies for the inconvenience

      Ian

  19. Christopher J Mwaipungu

    Hi Allan!

    How are you doing,
    Am so interesting to GIS ,although i don’t know when you will start lecturing us!

    And i was trying to check the attached video with no succession,could you please introduce to me how to download it

    Regards,

    Chris J

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Christopher

      I’m hoping to launch the full course soon. However, I seem to be having some problems with the videos. Recently I changed my video host and the videos are being re-encoded to be more than 5 times larger when I upload them. I have been working very hard with their support team to resolve the problem. I may yet end up having to move my videos. I hope not. It will be a big job!

      Can you please tell more about your problems you’re having with the videos. Are they slow to start or do they not start at all? So many people are complaining about the videos but few are telling me “exactly” what their problems are.

      Thanks

      Ian

  20. Sivem Modeste

    Hi Ian
    Really feeling impatient to follow your course. Got an epidemiological research to do and really hope Q GIS will be of great help.
    Hope to Hear from you soon.
    Best wishes

    Sivem Modeste

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Sivem

      Please remain patient. Not long now.

      Um… Have you signed up for the QGIS for Newbies eCourse (its free). I can’t find you in the member list. It is lesson 1 of the full course I’ll be launching soon. You can sign up for that in the box on the right. You’ll get your login details almost immediately.

      Hope to see you in the course

      Ian

  21. Mahmood SALEH

    Hi ALLAN.
    Am really interested for GIS, thank you.
    long time waiting for you course,

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Mahmood

      I agree. The course has been too long coming!

      Ian

  22. Dr. Suman Lata

    Q _GIS Tutorial

    1. Ian Allan

      Dear Dr Suman

      I notice you signed up a few months ago now. In case you lost your login details I just resent them to you.

      I will be launching the full course soon. Please keep an eye out for emails.

      Regards

      Ian

  23. Egbe Emmanuel

    I just completed my master in GIS, but I am having problem with my project on mapping of Hotel

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Emmanuel

      Do you mean geocoding? I will be covering that in the course I’ll be launching soon. In the meantime you should install the QGIS “geocoding” plugin.

      Ian

      1. Egbe Emmanuel

        No I do not mean geocoding. What I really want to know is the rating of hotel base on their stars.

        1. Ian Allan

          Hi Emmanuel

          Don’t think I can help you with that one. Sounds like a social media integration issue (eg. checking in with facebook), mining review sites (or even twitter), or other spatially aware social media combined with an app?

          Good luck

          Ian

  24. tkanina

    I used to be recommended this website through
    my cousin. I’m now not certain whether or not this put up is written by means of
    him as nobody else realize such distinct about my trouble.
    You’re wonderful! Thank you!

    1. Ian Allan

      You’re welcome. Have you signed up for the free eCourse? I couldn’t find you on my list.

      Ian

  25. PATRICK MLIGO

    Hi allan how ican easy download and install QGIS
    Best regards

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Patrick

      Please signup to my qgis for newbies by entering your name and email in the box on the right of this screen. I have a video lesson showing you how to download and install qgis

      Please let me know mid you have problems signing up. See you inside!

      Ian

      1. Abhilash

        i am getting an error when i click on signup button, showing a message called “Required fields are missing” and the url is “http://www.aweber.com/form-sorry.htm?message=missing&data=name%2Cemail%2C”. could ypu please let me know about this signup issue.!

        1. Ian Allan

          Hi Abhilash

          Could you please try a different web browser. Sometimes permission settings in a browser can cause this sort of problem. I would appreciate it if you would let me know if you continue to have the problem. I dont like the thought of someone not being able to signup.

          I look forward to having you on board

          Regards

          Ian

  26. salima Al Harthy

    Hi Allan,

    I would like to know if you are giving OR you know any one who is providing traing courses in GIS.
    Regards,
    salima

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Salima

      You can access lesson 1 of my qgis for newbies course right now…it’s free! Just enter your name & email into the box on the right of this screen & I’ll send you a login. Remainder of the course will be launched soon.

      Please let me know if you have problems getting your login

      Look forward to seeing you inside

      Ian

  27. ady

    HI ALLAN am really interested in learning about GIS is it too late for me to join???

    1. Ian Allan

      Gidday Ady

      Not at all! You need to enter your name and email address in the box on the right of the screen and I’ll send you a login and password. If you still have problems then try another browser. Also have a look at my responses to some of the other comments below.

      And if you still have problems then please send me another message.

      See you inside

      Ian

  28. Emma, Yamg

    Hi, Allan;

    I wouold like to join your course. Could you please geet me the access.
    Thank you

    Emma

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi there Emma

      You need to enter your name and email address in the box on the right of the screen. I’ll send you a login and password almost immediately. If you still have problems then try another browser. Also have a look at my responses to some of the other comments below.

      And if you still have problems then please send me another message.

      I look forward to having you on board

      Ian

  29. Joseph Odiembo

    Hi, Just came across your site and I am truely excited that I can acquire GIS skills without a hitch. I am certainly enrolling immidiately as I need to integrate my site into GIS. I look foward to being part of you.
    Joseph

    1. Ian Allan

      Fantastic

      I look forward to having you on board!

      Ian

      1. Ahmed

        That’s my pleasure, but first give me time to install the software and start to get to know>
        yours sincerely
        Ahmed

        1. Ian Allan

          Welcome aboard Ahmed

          Ian

  30. Anonymous

    its very good these courses of gis ,iwant to khow about anything in gis spaually how to intall gis afterthat how to use mapping and layout

  31. DAVIS LANKESH

    Hi Allan sir
    Thanks for the courses. I had wanted to undertake QGIS course but don’t know how to start the course from you website. Could you pls get me the acces

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Davis

      On the right side of the screen there should be a box titled “Quantum GIS for Newbies course FREE!!!!”. You need to enter your name and email address into that and click the “Sign Up Now” button. When you’ve done that I will send you an email with a link in it. You need to click the link. That tells the membership site software that you’re not a computer robot trying to hack in. After you’ve clicked the link I’ll send you your login details and a link to the login page.

      * If you don’t get an email from me soon after clicking the “Sign Up Now” button then you should check your email’s spam folder.
      * If you can’t see the box to enter your name and email then you should try a different browser (eg. chrome, safari, firefox, explorer, etc). Some browsers prevent the window from showing.

      I look forward to seeing you inside

      Ian

  32. MR. ROP

    I WANT TO LEARN MUCH ABOUT GIS FROM THE BASIC STAGE.I LIKE GIS.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Mr Rop

      You need to enter your name and email in the box on the right of the screen (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) and I’ll send you a login to the QGIS for Newbies eCourse. I send you two emails as a part of the optin process and you have to click a confirmation link in the first one. Check your spam folder if you don’t get an email from me within a few minutes of signing up. If you can’t see the signup box then you should try an alternative web browser to the one you’re using (chrome, firefox, explorer, safari, etc)

      Be sure to contact me if you have any problems & look forward to seeing you inside the site.

      Ian

    2. ibrahim s kamara

      i am trying to log in but cant get access i dont know why, so i want u to tell me what do do because i want learn more about the GIS course

      1. Ian Allan

        Hi Ibrahim

        You need to signup to access the course.

        On the right side of the screen there should be a box titled “Quantum GIS for Newbies course FREE!!!!”. You need to enter your name and email address into that and click the “Sign Up Now” button. When you’ve done that I will send you an email with a link in it. You need to click the link. That tells the membership site software that you’re not a computer robot trying to hack in. After you’ve clicked the link I’ll send you your login details and a link to the login page.

        * If you don’t get an email from me soon after clicking the “Sign Up Now” button then you should check your email’s spam folder.
        * If you can’t see the box to enter your name and email then you should try a different browser (eg. chrome, safari, firefox, explorer, etc). Some browsers prevent the window from showing.

        I look forward to seeing you inside

        Ian

  33. Anonymous

    I would like to join your course.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi there

      You need to enter your name and email in the box on the right of the screen (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) and I’ll send you a login to the QGIS for Newbies eCourse. I send you two emails as a part of the optin process and you have to click a confirmation link in the first one. Check your spam folder if you don’t get an email from me within a few minutes of signing up.

      Be sure to contact me if you have any problems.

      Ian

  34. Firehiyiwot

    By the way GIS for me it is every thing through my life but the badness of in this world is things are not going with the right person because my favourite major field was GIS and remot sensing but i taken this field as one subject for three cradiet hour .moreover in this subject i used through my careree.but it is possible i need the detail or the full manual of GIS and data management guidelines including GPS(Global posion system).

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi firehiyilwot

      I’m sorry to hear things have been going bad for you lately. Life has a way of throwing you challenges sometimes. I sincerely hope things begin to improve for you soon.

      You are at the right place for the introductory qgis course but you need to enter your name and email in the box on the right of the screen (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) and I’ll send you a login to the QGIS for Newbies eCourse. I send you two emails as a part of the optin process and you have to click a confirmation link in the first one. Check your spam folder if you don’t get an email from me within a few minutes of signing up.

      Be sure to contact me if you have any problems.

  35. Rehab

    GIS is the best way to make the complex world simple .

    1. Ian Allan

      It is very good at that

      Ian

  36. Stephen Yao

    I would like to have more insight on Quantum GIS.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Stephen

      You’re in the right place. Just enter your name and email in the box on the right of the screen (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) and I’ll send you a login to the QGIS for Newbies eCourse.

      Be sure to contact me if you have any problems.

      Ian

  37. Roberto José Vargas Masis

    Hi Ian…

    I don´t receive the email to confirm the course…
    If you can help me with these I’ll be very grateful…

    Regards…

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Roberto

      I have you listed as “confirmation Pending” on my membership service. You should check your spam box for my email.

      If you still cant find the message then you’ll have to try again using a different email address. This is because my membership software prevents me from communicating with you until you’ve confirmed that you really want to be a part of the site. I know this is a pain, but the process is there to protect you from unwanted emails.

      Regards

      Ian

  38. Nasri

    I have downloaded the qgis how do I start gis? Am learning for the first time?

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Nasri

      Can I suggest you signup for my free GIS course. It makes use of Quantum GIS. In the lesson I show you how to download and install it. In other videos I show you how to find your way around QGIS.

      I cannot see you in my database so perhaps you have not seen the signup box. At the top-right of the page link (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) there is a box called “Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse FREE!!!!” If you enter your name and email address in there and then click the “SIGN UP NOW” button I’ll send you two emails – the first email is to confirm that you’re actually a human (and not a computer robot). When you click on the link in there I will send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login.

      If you cant see the signup box then you should try a different web browser. You might have settings in your current browser that prevent the signup box from appearing.

      I look forward to you becoming an active participant in the course. Be sure to comment within the course if I don’t cover all the issues you’d like me to.

      Please let me know if you have any trouble. Regards,

      Ian

  39. Abba Abdullah

    Hi Allen,
    Thanks for the courses. I had wanted to undertake the QGIS course but don’t know how to start the course from you website. Could you please get me the access.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Abba

      I just checked my membership management software and I see that you’ve been able to login. Am I right to assume that you no longer have a problem starting the course?

      Regards

      Ian

  40. Andrew MacLachlan

    Hi Ian

    Was just wondering if after completion of the course you give some sort of certificate.

    Just looking to bulk out my CV

    Would be great to hear from you

    Andy

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Andy

      I’ve had others ask the same question its definitely on my “to do” list. At this stage I would only be able to say that “Andy is enrolled in the QGIS for Newbies course”. Because there are no quizzes I have no way of assessing your competency. Quizzes are also on my “to-do” list!

      If however, you are applying for a job and “desperately need” something from me then I’m happy to whip something up for you.

      Ian

  41. d.rathnamalini

    iwant GIS software

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi

      Can I suggest you signup for my free GIS course. It makes use of Quantum GIS which is also free. In the lesson I point you to the QGIS site and in a video I show you how to download and install it. In other videos I show you how to find your way around QGIS.

      I cannot see you in my database so can I suggest that you signup. If you’re having problems signing up you should scroll through some of the other messages below. In a number of them I talk about the signup process and troubleshoot why signing up might be difficult for some.

      Please contact me again if, after reading some of the other messages, you have any problems signing up.

      Regards

      Ian

  42. Pat

    Hi Ian,
    Second posting. So sorry I messed up my e-mail address the first time. I would be grateful if you would clarify a few points for me briefly?
    1)Is this a “formal” course in that everyone has to log in at the time or is it more like a correspondence course which you pursue as and when time permits?
    2) I have a rather erratic internet connection so is it possible to download the video and follow it from a local drive?
    3) Is there a limited period for the course or can one extend the time to suit circumstances?

    It looks great, thanks.

    Sincerely,

    Pat

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Pat

      This is lesson 1 of a substantial introductory GIS course. For lesson 1 you can logon at any time and there is no start or end date.

      I cannot see you in my database so can I suggest that you signup and see if it works for you. If you’re having problems signing up you should scroll through some of the other messages below. In a number of them I talk about the signup process and troubleshoot why signing up might be difficult for some.

      At this time I am not allowing students to download the videos. You can view them in low resolution which may make download speeds better. Also, in the membership area, you have access to pdf versions of video transcripts, powerpoints where used, and substantial documentation. Those three things might provide some consolation to your connection issues.

      I’m hoping to launch the entire course in about a months time. There will be a short enrollment period and then a set start date for the full course.

      Hope that helps. Look forward to seeing you in the membership area.

      Ian

  43. kipsindo

    want to learn GIS in environmental assesment

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Kipsindo

      Great that you want to learn GIS environmental assessment. I have consulted in this field for many years and so I expect you’ll recognize that background when you do the course.

      I have just checked my membership manager and notice that you have not completed the signup procedure. You should have an email somewhere with “Please confirm your subscription to the FREE QGIS For Newbies eCourse” in the subject line. Check your spam folder if you cant find it. You need to click on the link in there so that I can be sure that you are not a computer robot. This is something YOU have to do because my membership system does not allow me to do this for you. Once you’ve clicked the link I’ll send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login to the course.

      Be sure to comment within the course if I don’t cover all the issues you’d like me to.

      Please let me know if you have any trouble

      Ian

  44. adeel

    i want to learn gis .plz guide me that what do

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Adeel

      You should signup for the free eCourse. At the top-right of the page link (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) there is a box called “Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse FREE!!!!” If you enter your name and email address in there and then click the “SIGN UP NOW” button I’ll send you two emails – the first email is to confirm that you’re actually a human (and not a computer robot). When you click on the link in there I will send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login.

      If you cant see the signup box then you should try a different web browser. You might have settings in your current browser that prevent the signup box from appearing.

      Be sure to comment within the course if I don’t cover all the issues you’d like me to.

      Please let me know if you have any trouble

      Ian

  45. ahmad

    i need to learn GIS

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Amad

      You should signup for the free eCourse. At the top-right of the page link (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) there is a box called “Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse FREE!!!!” If you enter your name and email address in there and then click the “SIGN UP NOW” button I’ll send you two emails – the first email is to confirm that you’re actually a human (and not a computer robot). When you click on the link in there I will send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login.

      If you cant see the signup box then you should try a different web browser. You might have settings in your current browser that prevent the signup box from appearing.

      Be sure to comment within the course if I don’t cover all the issues you’d like me to.

      Please let me know if you have any trouble

      Ian

  46. Karl

    I’d like to report the fact that after submitting my mail and name 3 times, I still haven’t received a confirmation message. What can be done?

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Karl

      My list manager shows that you have been sent a confirmation message and that confirmation is pending. Please check your spam folder. If you can’t find an email from me there then the only way in would be to use a different email address. Sorry, but My list management software wont allow me to re-send the confirmation message.

      Good luck

      Ian

  47. Method

    Hi Allan,
    I am very interested in this course. Can you use this software to create the DEM?
    Also, how can you use this software to make cadastral plan?
    However, I have tried to sign up, but no emails I have got for subscription.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Method

      Qgis can create a dem and a cad astral plan. It is a very powerful gis.

      As for signing up, your problem is that you have not completed the signup process. At the moment i have you as “unconfirmed” After you signed up I sent you an email with a link in it. You need to click on the link to confirm that you are human. Once you have done that I will send you a login to the course.

      So, have a look for the email I sent you because the double-optin process doesn’t allow me to re-send the confirmation message. Also check your spam box. Otherwise you’ll need to try again using a different email address

      Ian

    2. raju

      sir how to create dem in qgis

      1. Ian Allan

        Hi Raju

        Under the Raster drop-down menu there’s an option called “interpolation”. I’m sorry but a detailed response to your question is beyond the scope of this comments section.

        Regards

        Ian

  48. John Waugh

    Never mind – one just appeared – it apparently doesn’t load right away.

  49. John Waugh

    I cannot find a box through which to sign up on Safari, Chrome, or Firefox. What am I doing wrong?

  50. Sikami

    Hi sir, i have downlonded the sortwere. What next sir?

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Sikami

      I see you have been sent your login and password details. You should proceed through the 2 1/4 hours of video and duplicate what you see me do in the videos. Download and absorb the accompanying study guides too.

      Hope you enjoy it

      Ian

  51. Basomis

    Why I am not able to register for this course? Cannot find how to do that.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Basomis

      There should be a box on the right of http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/ where you can enter your name and email. If you cant see that then you should try a different web browser. You might have settings in your current browser that prevent the signup box from appearing

      Please let me know if you continue having trouble

      Ian

      1. Basomis

        Thank. Could’t see signup box on firefox, so tried Opera. It worked.

        1. Ian Allan

          Glad to hear that worked for you.
          Cheers
          Ian

  52. Amiri Sapi

    Hi Ian
    I have problem in extract satellite image of my area with Qgis so that can use it as background.
    How to do this
    Yours
    Sapi

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Amiri

      In the sample dataset for the qgis for newbies course I have included two airphotos that have already been georeferenced. If you are trying to georeference an image other than those two then I’m sorry but I can’t help you with that at this stage because the process is too involved to explain to you in a short message. I do however cover that topic in detail within the full QGIS for Newbies course. I expect to take enrolments for that within the next month. I hope you can wait till then.

      Ian

      1. Amiri Sapi

        Thanks Ian

        1. Ian Allan

          You are welcome

          Ian

  53. kyawnaingoo

    good

    1. Ian Allan

      Thankyou. ian

  54. Sharif

    Hello Ian, I`l be very glad to receive You course. I try to georeference image but can`t find solution.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Sharif

      I hope you have entered your name and email address into the box on the right. Thats how you get access to the free eCourse. As for georeferencing. That is a topic that is beyond the introductory course. It is included in the full course and I hope to take enrolments for that sometime in the next month-6 weeks. I hope you can wait that long

      Regards

      Ian

  55. ???

    i want to study cut profile map

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi

      Other people have asked this question too. You can produce subsurface maps using QGIS but I must confess that I haven’t done that before. What I’ll be teaching (in this first course at least) is basic GIS stuff. Beyond the free course, I’m planning a course that you’d need to enroll in. In that course I’ll teach you how to get your own GIS project running on your desktop.

      For the moment, you should signup for the free course and work out if you like the way I teach.

      Also, have a look at http://hub.qgis.org/wiki/quantum-gis/Geologic_Cross_Section

      Hope this helps

      Ian

  56. Ahmed Tola

    Hi, arc gis is the best software.
    good course.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Ahmed

      Glad to hear you like the course.

      Hmmmm. Arc. Well, it is excellent software. There is no doubt about that. It is very stable, has lots of functionality, and that functionality is incredibly well integrated. Its also used in lots of workplaces. Agreed, in many ways it is the industry standard. BUT, for my purposes it was not my first choice. I think that similar functionality to ARC can be gained with QGIS and plugins such as GRASS. These open source GIS’s have really come of age in recent times, and to be honest, its not unheard of for Arc algorithms to begin their life in open source GISs such as Grass & QGIS. Also, I wanted to remove the big barrier of cost to my course. Undoubtedly I could have come to some agreement with esri to give you guys free educational access to arc, but what happens once you’ve finished the course? So many organizations just don’t have the funds to purchase expensive GIS software. That runs counter to one of my aims – that of making GIS adoption for organizations “accessible”.

      Anyhow, that was my logic for using QGIS.

      Cheers

      Ian

      1. Dave Edwards

        ArcGIS requires you buy the Enterprise edition, AND ALSO requires you run it on the Enterprise edition of MS Windows Server, simply to connect to PostgreSQL. QGIS, which admittedly doesn’t appear as refined yet, connects for free.
        Dave E

        1. Ian Allan

          Thanks Dave

          Ian

  57. Franco Ngonga

    good afternoon Sir,
    thank you very much to have this chance,I want to follow this course GIS but don’t know how to download this programme,
    yours sincerly
    Franco Ngonga
    Angola

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi there Franco

      I cannot find you in my database so perhaps you missed the signup box. I’d really love it if you’d signup for the free eCourse. At the top-right of the page link (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) there is a box called “Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse FREE!!!!” If you enter your name and email address in there and then click the “SIGN UP NOW” button I’ll send you two emails – the first email is to confirm that you’re actually a human (and not a computer robot). When you click on the link in there I will send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login. I look forward to seeing you inside.

      Be sure to let me know if you have any more problems

      Ian

  58. AMIN ULLAH

    sir
    i want your help in shape file tell me all steps about shape file thnx.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi there Amin

      In the free eCourse I show you how to open shape files and also talk a little about their limitations (the course is close captioned & includes downloadable handouts).

      You need to signup for the free eCourse so I can give you access. At the top-right of the page link (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) there is a box called “Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse FREE!!!!” If you enter your name and email address in there and then click the “SIGN UP NOW” button I’ll send you two emails – the first email is to confirm that you’re actually a human (and not a computer robot). When you click on the link in there I will send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login.

      Be sure to comment within the course if I don’t cover all the issues you’d like me to.

      Enjoy!

      Ian

  59. Egbe Emmanuel

    I you to teach me every thing I want to know about GIS.And how do go about it, isn’t through my email or what means.

  60. willy kayembe

    salut,
    je suis sur un projet ,dont il me faut un logiciel pour le terminer rapidement,j’ai besoin des notions sur un logiciel (SIG)qui me permet de realiser automatiquement les courbes de niveau(carte topographique)si le logiciel que vous me parlais peut le faire je serai tres content de suivre vos cours . Merci d’avance!!!

    1. Ian Allan

      Salut Willy.

      Ce cours actuel est conçu pour vous présenter l’interface QGIS et certaines fonctionnalités de base que vous pourriez tremplin. Les prochains cours auront enseigner des fonctionnalités plus avancées. Je ne crois pas que mon cours plus avancé sera prêt dans votre calendrier. Puis-je vous suggérer de faire de mon GGIS cours pour les débutants et ensuite explorer les menus suivants QGIS Raster> interpolation et Raster> Extraction> Options contour.

      Ian

      Hi Willy.

      This current course is designed to introduce you to the QGIS interface and some basic functionality that you could springboard from. Future courses will teach more advanced functionality. I don’t believe my more advanced course will be ready in your timeframe. Can I suggest that you do my GGIS for Newbies course and then explore the following QGIS menus Raster > Interpolation and Raster > Extraction > Contour options.

      Cheers

      Ian

  61. ADAMU ISA

    I have registered, but forgot my log-in details. Can u please send me new one…also, how do I log-in, I have not seen any log-in form.

    Please keep up the good work.

    Adamu.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Adamu

      I just resent your login details. Please check your inbox & if not there, your spam box.

      Be sure to let me know if you have any problems

      Ian

  62. Phuong To

    Hi, I really need using QGIS for my studying, so it is so interesting hearing your course. Thank you for your supporting!

    1. Ian Allan

      You are welcome.

      My system shows that you have not yet clicked the link in the “confirmation” email. When you do that the system will automatically send you another email containing your login and password. I look forward to having you on-board.

      Ian

  63. Emtiaj Hoque

    I really interested in you new ecourse of Quantum GIS, I will be more than happy to join the course

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi there

      Glad to see you’ve joined the course. Hope you enjoy it.

      Ian

  64. Radhakrishnan

    Respected Sir,
    Thanks for the generous gesture to teach this frontier technological subject, which is the order of the day. I am a computer professional who is out to extent my field of work to GIS as well. Please help me through your grace presence through this e-learning process. I shall be greatly indebted to you and am inspired by your proposed venture.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi there Radhakrishnan

      You are more than welcome.

      I cannot find you in my database so perhaps you missed the signup box. I’d really love it if you’d signup for the free eCourse. At the top-right of the page link (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) there is a box called “Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse FREE!!!!” If you enter your name and email address in there and then click the “SIGN UP NOW” button I’ll send you two emails – the first email is to confirm that you’re actually a human (and not a computer robot). When you click on the link in there I will send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login. I look forward to seeing you inside.

      Ian

  65. vipinjha

    Hi I’m vipinjha land surveyar noida india

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Vipinjha

      Thanks for the message. I really am keen to gain an understanding about who’s signing up for the course. I searched for you in the database but couldn’t find you.

      Please check the other comments on this page. In a couple I provide instructions as to how to get your password

      I look forward to you joking me in the course

      Ian

  66. semon

    i need your support regarding in new gis course, because i am new for gis: it means i don’t have a base. when i was lore level i am basically emphasis for the natural subjects like that of chemistry, physics, biology, maths and so on

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Semon

      Thanks for the message. I really am keen to gain an understanding about who’s signing up for the course. I searched for you in the database but couldn’t find you.

      Please check the other comments on this page. In a couple I provide instructions as to how to get your password

      I look forward to you joining me in the course. Please let me know how you get on. I like to think I’ve written a newbies gis course, but only a newbie can judge whether I have succeeded!

      Ian

  67. SRIRAM PADHI

    how to make own map using GPS data

    1. Ian Allan

      Thanks Sriram

      GPS is not part of the QGIS for Newbies course. However, I have noted that its something important that I should include in a larger course.

      Sriram. I note that you have subscribed to my free eBook & have received the follow-up lessons. I also note that you haven’t signed up for the QGIS for Newbies free eCourse. This is a far more significant piece of free content and a much better indicator of where LearnPracticalGIS.com is heading – there’s over two hours of video as well as pdf files and GIS maps for you to download. I’d be delighted to discover that you’ve signed up for this.

      At the top-right of the page link (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) there is a box called “Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse FREE!!!!” If you enter your name and email address in there and then click the “SIGN UP NOW” button I’ll send you two emails – the first email is to confirm that you’re actually a human (and not a computer robot). When you click on the link in there I will send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login.

      I look forward to seeing you inside.

      Ian

  68. Sintayehu

    Hi Allan,

    Hope this message finds you well. I’m interested in this training. I want to learn about QGIS though I do have some basic knowledge on Arc-GIS.

    Many thanks,
    Sintayehu

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi there Sintayehu

      I am well thankyou. And all-the-better in the knowledge that people such as yourself are showing an interest in my eCourse.

      If you’ve not done so already, I’d love it if you’d signup for the free eCourse. At the top-right of the page link (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) there is a box called “Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse FREE!!!!” If you enter your name and email address in there and then click the “SIGN UP NOW” button I’ll send you two emails – the first email is to confirm that you’re actually a human (and not a computer robot). When you click on the link in there I will send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login. I look forward to seeing you inside.

      Ian

  69. Jay jay Guina-ao

    Hi sir Allan,

    Im interested in this training, is Quantum softwares support surface and underground mapping including Drill sections?

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Jay jay

      I had a quick look and it seems that some people are able to produce subsurface maps using QGIS. I must confess that I haven’t done that before. You can do surface mapping in QGIS. What I’ll be teaching (in this first course at least) is basic GIS stuff. Beyond the free course, I’m planning a course that you’d need to enroll in. In that course I’ll teach you how to get your own GIS project running on your desktop.

      For the moment, you should signup for the free course and work out if you like the way I teach.

      Have a look at http://hub.qgis.org/wiki/quantum-gis/Geologic_Cross_Section

      Hope this helps

      Ian

  70. Biju Pappan

    Thanks in advance

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Biju

      You are more than welcome. Are you finding the course useful?

      Ian

  71. manuel Alfinete Monica

    i want learn more about GIS

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Manuel

      Well, I certainly hope you emerge from the course knowing more!

      Be sure to comment if you have any problems or questions.

      Ian

  72. vikrant kadam

    thanks for this course is free. any people can join this course.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Vikrant

      Yes, course is free. And yes, please pass onto your friends and colleagues.

      Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

      Enjoy!

      Ian

  73. R.G.DORBOR

    thanks for this lesson.

    1. Ian Allan

      You are more than welcome. Are you finding the course useful?

      Ian

  74. HATIM

    I really interested in you new ecourse of Quantum GIS, I will be more than happy to join the course.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Hatim

      At the top-right of this page (http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/) there is a box called “Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse FREE!!!!” If you enter your name and email address in there and then click the “SIGN UP NOW” button I’ll send you two emails – the first email is to confirm that you’re actually a human (and not a computer robot). When you click on the link in there I will send you a second email containing a user name and password so you can login. I look forward to seeing you inside.

      Hope you enjoy the course.

      Ian

  75. HABUMUKIZA EMMANUEL

    I would like to have information about gis and gps datas collection and record. Thank you in advence.

    1. Ian Allan

      Hi Emmanuel

      Thanks so much for the feedback. Duly noted!

      If you’ve not already, I’d love it if you’d signup for the free eCourse (for instructions see my reply to Hatim on http://learnpracticalgis.com/quantum-gis-tutorial/). That way I’ll have you on my mailing list and will be able to keep you updated as course content changes.

      Hope you decide to come on board.

      Cheers

      Ian

      1. LINDA JELAGAT

        HI ALLAN am really interested in learning about GIS is it too late for me to join??

        1. Ian Allan

          Hi Linda

          I see you have signed up and that you have logged in. So, its not too late. You are in exactly the right place.

          Be sure to let me know if you have any questions or problems.

          Enjoy!

          Ian

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