Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data

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A workshop on Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data is being run by the Geographic Data Science Lab at the University of Liverpool.

Date: Monday 17th November 2014, 9:30am – 4pm

Venue: Training Room 1, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool

Instructor: Dr Nick Bearman

Cost: £30 student, £60 HE / public sector, £175 commercial (see below for details)

This course will introduce spatial data and show you how to import and display spatial data within the open source GIS program QGIS. We will also cover creating choropleth maps, some basic spatial data analysis (e.g. calculating rates) and appropriate methods of visualising spatial data. By the end of the course you will be able to load data into QGIS, symbolise it effectively and be able to prepare a publication quality map.

No previous experience of GIS or QGIS is required, but some experience of using spatial data will be beneficial. Refreshments and lunch are provided, and numbers on the course are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you are already familiar with the basic elements of GIS, you may wish to attend the course “Introduction to R for spatial analysis” instead where we build on basic GIS skills (date to be confirmed).


  • £30 – UK registered students
  • £60 – staff at UK academic institutions and research centres, UK-registered charity and voluntary organisations, staff in public sector and government
  • £175 – all other participants including staff from commercial organisations


Details of registration will follow. Please email to reserve your place.


Information on getting to the University is available at:

A map of the campus is available at:

The Sydney Jones Library is number 423 in grid F3 on the map.

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