Investigate the power of maps and spatial data to document and illustrate local and global issues. Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore the world around you and share ideas. Apply GIS principles and tools to create your own maps from freely-available online spatial data.
Please note to complete this course you will need to be a reasonably competent and confident computer user. You will also need a computer that conforms to our minimum spec as outlined in the Your computer, http://onlinesupport.conted.ox.ac.uk/TechnicalSupport/YourComputer.php section of the online support site, with one additional requirement for 1GB of free hard disk space (rather than the usual 500MB). Note you must have a broadband connection to study this course as you will be asked to download files over 100 MB.
This course requires downloading 1 item of free software as below, please note you cannot study the course without this.
- Quantum GIS (QGIS) http://www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html
To the best of our knowledge you should be able to study this course using a MAC, PC or Linux OS. Full instructions are provided for all activities in the course materials. However it is worth noting:
- not all activities on this course are possible using the Safari browser. If this is the browser you currently use we recommend using Firefox which can been downloaded for free from http://www.mozilla.org.
- you will required to download .tar files for some activities, standard windows zip software does not open this file type so you will need to install 7-zip www.7-zip.org.
As before full instructions are included in the course materials.
While TALL IT help will make best efforts to offer assistance as usual, it is unable support using the GIS software itself. Some technical support is available from your tutor and fellow students, but this is not their main purpose on the course and so this should be considered when consulting them. Technical queries beyond the expertise or time constraints of the tutor and fellow students can be addressed to the broader QGIS user community, who may respond at their discretion – instructions on how to engage with this will be provided in the course.
Discover the diverse uses of mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data, and how they underpin decision-making in every aspect of our lives. Explore and critically appraise maps to gain a better appreciation of the world around you. Learn how to use free open-source software (Quantum GIS) to import, display and analyse spatial data. Collect and integrate spatial data from a variety of sources. Experience realistic tasks in the context of international case studies, which range from resource management, wildlife conservation and leisure hiking to archaeology and disaster relief. Apply your learning to create maps which illustrate your own interests or hobbies, based on sound cartographic principles.
For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.