OA Digital Training in Desktop GIS Fundamentals PDF Print E-mail

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become a key technology in all fields dealing with spatial data management, mapping, resource management and decision making. Desktop GIS allow users to interactively manage spatial data in a variety of formats, create new information layers and explore and analyze spatial patterns.


Our desktop GIS training aims to provide users with a base set of skills necessary to become proficient in using interactive desktop GIS applications on their jobs or in their research projects.

This training is recommended for GIS beginners and those who would like to become more confident in using desktop GIS. It focuses on hands-on teaching of typical procedures related to:

  • getting data in and out of a GIS using standard file formats
  • raster data and imagery, georeferencing
  • vector data editing
  • attribute data tables
  • thematic mapping
  • essentials of geodata processing

A solid understanding of the essential theoretic foundations of GIS and the inherent properties of spatial information is crucial for productive work. Our training condenses this to a minimal but essential and formally correct framework of terminology and concepts, such as:

  • GIS data models and data structures,
  • properties of spatial information,
  • file-based geodata storage, spatial databases and data infrastructures, web mapping services .


As with all our training offers, we emphasize transferable skills and our training will by default be done on open source applications (such as gvSIG and Quantum GIS). Modern GIS applications show great similarity in concepts and design. Participants of our GIS training will find it easy to move from one GIS application to another. However, the training can be adapted to use the specific software deployed in your company. This is also true for all contents. Talk to us about your specific requirements.

At a glance

Recommended for: GIS beginners
Contents: GIS fundamentals, data import, export and creation, geoprocessing fundamentals
Skills needed: basic skills in using interactive software

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