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QGIS Analytical Skills



This 1 day course will further develop your skills and techniques for effectively analysing GIS data in QGIS.

Taught by means of tutor-led teaching and hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to solve problems and answer data queries in QGIS. 

You’ll get to explore and analyse a range of social, environmental and statistical data using Open and Big Data sources. 

Attending this course entitles delegates to receive 4 CPD points towards their continual Professional Development under the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Chartered Geographer scheme. 

This course is most suitable for: 

Delegates with a good understanding of QGIS, its concepts and functions.

Course Outline

Module 1: Advanced Techniques in the Expression Builder

Gain detailed knowledge of the QGIS Expression Builder, and learn how to build complex analytical expressions.

  • Expression Builder concepts and functionality
  • Mathematical, statistical and textual analysis
  • Conditional expressions
  • Data integration
  • Creation of geographic and non-geographic outputs including virtual attributes

Module 2: Using Raster data for Analysis

Discover how raster data can be used for analysis in QGIS.

  • Raster data concepts / contexts
  • Creating raster data from vector data
  • Data manipulation / raster calculator
  • Developing methods for analysis using raster and vector data

Module 3: Introducing the QGIS Toolbox

Understand the QGIS Processing Toolbox for complex analysis.

  • Toolbox Functionality – under the bonnet
  • Workflows / complex multi-stage analysis
  • Creation of intermediate datasets
  • Processing / batch processing

Module 4: QGIS Toolbox for Analysis & Statistics

Analyse data using statistics and the QGIS Toolbox.

  • Worked examples using specific QGIS Toolbox functionality

Module 5: Choosing the right data

Learn how to identify, access, process and format data for analysis in QGIS.

  • Identify, download and process Open Data resources using QGIS
  • Issues surrounding the use of Open and Big Data
  • Integration and interoperability of data within QGIS
  • Building in the “G” factor – how to join non-geographic data to geographic data

Module 6: Analytical Techniques using QGIS Plugins

Understand how to find QGIS Plugins, and explore the Group Stats and MMQGIS Plugins.

  • Group Stats – for on the fly categorisation and pivot analysis of geographic datasets
  • MMQGIS - for geographic data categorization

Module 7: Introduction to Spatialite Databases

Learn how to set up, load, edit data and run simple queries in the (Open Standard) Spatialite Database.

  • Introduction to Spatialite Databases
  • Setting up a database
  • Loading, editing and searching

Module 8: Spatialite Databases for Analysis & Statistics

Gain an understanding of how data is held within Spatialite and how it can be queried on a geographic and non-geographic basis.

  • Spatialite analytics and complex SQL queries

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Cost: £250 (exc VAT)

Duration: 1 day

Course Dates Stirling:

  • 9th March 2018
  • 13th June 2018
  • 21st September 2018
  • 11th December 2018

Course Dates Manchester:  

  • 20th June

CPD Points: 4

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