Introduction to Open Source GIS

This class will introduce the concepts and utilization of Open Source GIS and spatial databases in an integrated format. Students taking this course should already have basic knowledge and experience with various GIS data formats (shapefiles, geodatabases, CSVs, Rasters, etc.) and GIS concepts (projections/cooridinate systems and geoprocessing). During in class exercises we will use QGIS 3.6, a cross platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) open source GIS desktop software, to learn how to make maps by symbolizing, querying and editing data. Students can expect to learn the following concepts:

  • Open Source GIS Data standards
  • Adding data and making a map in QGIS
  • Working with and querying attributes
  • Editing spatial and attribute information
  • Installing and using plugins in QGIS
  • Working with coordinate systems in QGIS
  • Introduction to the concepts of Open Source GIS Web Mapping
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International Center

463 California Ave, Davis, CA, 95616

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.