In your classroom

In addition to the teaching resources available in the resources section, there are a range of software resources available for your classroom

Mapping and Cartography

Data visualization, or cartography for mapping professionals, one of the key advantages of a GIS system. Software in this category ranges from desktop solutions, through to web services, web mapping, and mobile solutions.

Analysis and Processing

Spatial data analysis and processing is an important benefit to working with a GIS. Software in this category includes everything from desktop solutions and web services and the full range from command line tools to databases and cloud processing.

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FOSS4G GeoAcademy Curriculum

Thiry-five (35) FOSS4G University-level lectures and labs are maintained and made available for download from the Spatial {Query} Lab on behalf of the GeoAcademy. The lectures focus on a vendor-agnostic set of theories and principles. The labs focus on the use of QGIS, GRASS, and Inkscape.

These lectures and labs are freely available for you to use and are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. The lectures and labs are aligned to the Geospatial Technology Competency Model and all labs focus on the use of Free and Open Source GIS Software (FOSS4G).

The components of the lectures and labs are listed on this page to make it easy to download and use. All of the labs are also available on GitHub.

The following courses are available

GST 101 – Introduction to Geospatial Technology (QGIS) – Updated to QGIS 2.8 – Now with lectures!

GST 102 – Spatial Analysis (QGIS) – Updated to QGIS 2.8 – Now with lectures!

GST 103 – Data Acquisition and Management (QGIS) – Updated to QGIS 2.8 – Now with lectures!

GST 104 – Cartographic Design (QGIS and Inkscape) – Updated to QGIS 2.8 and Inkscape 0.91 – Now with lectures!

GST 105 – Introduction to Remote Sensing (QGIS and GRASS) – Updated to QGIS 2.8 and GRASS 6.4.3

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Open Web Mapping  course developed by Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA. This course  gives you experience with sharing geographic information on the Internet using free and open source software (FOSS) and open specifications. It is an elective course in Penn State’s online geospatial education programs, including the Master of Geographic Information Systems. The lessons are freely visible online as open courseware; however, if you would like to receive official credit for the course and complete the lessons with instructor and peer feedback, you should register for the course through the Penn State World Campus. Technologies used include QGIS, GDAL, OGR, GeoServer, TileMill, Leaflet, and OpenStreetMap.


Interactive Web Maps course developed by Open Source Geospatial Laboratory team at ETH Zurich, Switzerland


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