GIS for Animal Health
GIS for Animal Health
- Versi Bahasa Indonesia: GIS untuk Kesehatan Hewan
- English version: GIS for Animal Health
GIS: Using QGIS
Download QGIS Software
- QGIS Version 1.8. This is the version used in the course and is recommended for use during the course
- Latest version. For independent use or use after the course.
About the QGIS Project
Why use QGIS?
As information becomes increasingly connected to geographical location, there is no shortage of tools able to fulfill some or all commonly used GIS functions. Why should anyone be using QGIS over some other GIS software package?
Here are only some of the reasons:
- It’s free. Installing and using the QGIS program costs you a grand total of zero money. No initial fee, no recurring fee, nothing.
- It’s flexible. If you need extra functionality in QGIS, you can do more than just hope it will be included in the next release. You can sponsor the development of a feature, or add it yourself if you are familiar with programming.
- It’s open source so its constantly developing. Because anyone can add new features and improve on existing ones, QGIS never stagnates. The development of a new tool can happen as quickly as you need it to.
- Extensive help and documentation is available. If you’re stuck with anything, you can turn to the extensive documentation, your fellow QGIS users, or even the developers.
- Cross-platform. QGIS can be installed on MacOS, Windows and Linux.
Click here if you would like a Gentle Introduction in GIS before commencing this training course. At the moment this introduction is available in English only.
Tiered course objectives
This course caters to different user experience levels. Depending on which category you consider yourself to be in, you can expect a different set of course outcomes. Each category contains information that is essential for the next one, so it’s important to do all exercises that are at or below your level of experience.
In this category, the course assumes that you have little or no prior experience with theoretical GIS knowledge or the operation of a GIS program. Limited theoretical background will be provided to explain the purpose of an action you will be performing in the program, but the emphasis is on learning by doing. When you complete the course, you will have a better concept of the possibilities of GIS, and how to harness their power via QGIS.
In this category, it is assumed that you have working knowledge and experience of the everyday uses of GIS. Following the instructions for the beginner level will provide you with familiar ground, as well as to make you aware of the cases where QGIS does things slightly differently from other software you may be used to. You will also learn how to use analysis functions in QGIS. When you complete the course, you should be comfortable with using QGIS for all of the functions you usually need from a GIS for everyday use.
In this category, the assumption is that you are experienced with GIS, have knowledge of and experience with spatial databases, using data on a remote server, perhaps writing scripts for analysis purposes, etc. Following the instructions for the other two levels will familiarize you with the approach that the QGIS interface follows, and will ensure that you know how to access the basic functions that you need. You will also be shown how to make use of QGIS’ plugin system, database access system, and so on. When you complete the course, you should be well--acquainted with the everyday operation of QGIS, as well as its more advanced functions.