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Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data – London

19th July 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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We are pleased to offer you this short course jointly organised by the Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRC-E) and Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC).

Please note this course can be taken as a one-day course, or can also be taken in conjunction with other two one-day courses on 20 July and 21 July 2017.

This course will introduce spatial data and show you how to import and display spatial data with the free open source GIS program QGIS. We will also show you how to create choropleth maps and explain appropriate methods of visualising spatial data. We will also cover some basic spatial data analysis (e.g. calculating rates).

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to use spatial data in their role. This includes academics, commercial users, government & other public sector researchers who have data with some spatial information (e.g. address, postcode, etc.) which they wish to show on a map. This course is also suitable for those who wish to have an overview of what spatial data can be used for. No previous experience of spatial data is required.

No previous experience of GIS or QGIS is required, but some experience of using spatial data will be beneficial.

Course Contents:

• Understand spatial data and what it can and can’t be used for
• Use QGIS to view and symbolise spatial datasets
• Appropriate symbology for choropleth maps
• Joining spatial and non-spatial data

Learning Outcomes:

• Be able to set up QGIS and add data
• Understand how to add data with a latitude / longitude coordinate
• Join tabular data to spatial data
• Understand how to undertake simple calculations
• Understanding how to classify data for representation on a map
• Designing and producing a publication-ready map in QGIS
• Saving/exporting your maps as image files

Further course details can be found here.

Please email for more information.

Course Fee:

£30 – For UK registered postgraduate students
£60 – For staff at UK academic institutions, Research Council UK funded researchers, UK public sector staff and staff at UK registered charity organisations
£220 – For all other participants
Free place for ADRC/ADRN/ADS staff

All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs.

Refreshments and lunch are provided, and numbers on the course are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Registration by 12th July 2017 is strongly recommended.

Further courses:

Introduction to Spatial Data & Using R as a GIS – UCL London – 20th July 2017

Confident Spatial Analysis – UCL London – 21st July 2017



19th July 2017
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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University College London
Room 110A, Pearson Building, Gower Street
London, WC1E6BT United Kingdom
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