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Introduction to QGIS

Open Source Geographic Information System

by Scott Madry Ph.D.

PDF $34.99
224 pages
ISBN (Print) 978-1734464306
ISBN (PDF) 978-1734464313
Published 2021-05-17 

Get started with QGIS with this introduction covering everything needed to get you going using free and open source GIS software.

This QGIS tutorial, based on the 3.16 LTR version, introduces you to major concepts and techniques to get you started with viewing data, analysis, and creating maps and reports.

With this book you'll learn about:

  • The QGIS interface
  • Creating, analyzing, and editing vector data
  • Working with raster (image) data
  • Using plugins
  • The QGIS Processing Toolbox
  • Georeferencing
  • Creating map and reports
  • Resources for further help and study

The book includes a link to all the data you'll need to follow along with each chapter.


  1. What is QGIS?
  2. The QGIS User Interface
  3. Creating and Editing New Vector Files in QGIS
  4. Finding GIS Data Online
  5. Vector Data Import and Export
  6. Vector Data Processing and Analysis
  7. QGIS Plugins
  8. Raster Data and Analysis
  9. The Processing Toolbox, Modeler, and Python Console
  10. 3D QGIS
  11. Georeferencing in QGIS
  12. Creating Maps and Reports
  13. GIS and the Chef
  14. Useful QGIS Websites

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Scott Madry

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Dr. Scott Madry is a professor emeritus of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France and is currently a research associate professor of archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has been active in the Open Source GIS and remote sensing community since the 1980’s, and has given over 150 short courses and academic courses on six continents in many countries around the world.

He is the author of nine books on space and geospatial technologies and applications, and was elected a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 2021.

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