[GRASS-user] Re: [Qgis-user] Basic GIS course ideas
benjamin.ducke at ufg.uni-kiel.de
Fri Oct 6 07:13:25 EDT 2006
My aim would be to have a complete online tutorial for QGIS/GRASS
1. A general introduction to GIS concepts: layers, projections,
data types etc.
2. A general introduction to QGIS, GRASS and the QGIS-GRASS plugin
3. A text on data import and export for QGIS and GRASS
4. An advanced text on general geoprocessing with GRASS: details
of the topology model, DBMS connections, interpolations etc.
5. An introduction to GRASS shell scripting
6. Modules explaining the use of GRASS in different scenarios:
- environmental planning
- remote sensing
- 3D visualizaton (using Paraview)
- spatial statistics (using R)
these could also include exercises for use in class rooms.
7. a definitive reference version of QGIS and GRASS as native
Windows (perhaps also other OSs) to be used for the tutorial
instructions and exercises
8. add-ons with precompiled binaries for functionality needed
only for specific modules (e.g. archaeology)
9. sample data sets for all modules
I have draft texts for 1,2,3,4 (partly), 5 and would be willing to
contribute them. I would be also willing to write a tutorial module
on data processing with GRASS for archaeology.
But I do not have the time or resource to set up an appropriate
website and administer this.
I know this is sort of a lengthy list, but I feel that newcomers
to GRASS are currently facing a hard time trying to gather all of this
information and software together.
If we want GRASS to spread more quickly, we need to make access to
Otto Dassau wrote:
> I also like the idea of creating a standard set of beginner exercises for GRASS
> and QGIS and I have also made the experience that QGIS is easier to teach in
> beginner courses. There already exist a lot of documentation and other
> material on several pages offering plenty of manuals, books and
> GRASS Documentation Project
> -> http://grass.itc.it/gdp/index.php
> GRASS 6 Tutorial
> -> http://grass.gdf-hannover.de/wiki/Documents
> QGIS User and Installation Guide
> -> http://qgis.org/releases/userguide.pdf
> -> http://qgis.org/releases/install.pdf
> + QGIS and GRASS Data, Howtos, Wiki ...
> So what do you think is useful? Ready to go exercises and examples with
> data for standardized training courses with standard certificates? This was
> already discussed some time ago and is still important and interesting.
> Maybe it would make sense to add further topics to existing material?
> If we assume, that QGIS is prefered by most newcomers, we could start from
> the QGIS side and include GRASS exercises partly via GRASS-Plugin?
> There already exists an official user guide in latex within svn. So it can be
> easily translated and converted into several formats (PDF, HTML, ...). We could
> add a couple of new chapters with exercises for beginners.
> For GRASS it seems to be more difficult. There is a lot more documentation and
> material but mostly without relation to each other. We would probably have to
> find a basis first and definde is as a standard.
> what do you think?
> best wishes,
> On Fri, 06 Oct 2006 09:56:30 +0200
> Paolo Cavallini <cavallini at faunalia.it> wrote:
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>>We are finding QGIS by far the best tool for introductory courses. The
>>GRASS plugin allows a smooth progress from simple coloured maps up into
>>the heaven of complex raster and vector analyses. The native compilation
>>on xp makes things even easier for novices.
>>The only serios problem now is the instability of qgis 0.8; I think we
>>need a good deal of effort to have a really stable and bugfree release.
>>I like the idea of a standard set of exercises. A wiki could be a good
>>All the best.
>>maning sambale ha scritto:
>>>Hi FOSS GIS users,
>>>I am a part-time instructor in a college teaching introductory gis
>>>course. I have been advocating for the use FOSS GIS (particularly
>>>GRASS and QGIS ) in our schools for the lab sessions.
>>>This is the second term I am doing this and have been reflecting on
>>>how did it go the first time.
>>>The objective of the course is for students to understand basic gis
>>>principles as well as practical applications in site planning, land
>>>use, ecology and business.
>>>Judging by the previous experience, it is a little bit difficult
>>>introducing the student FOSS GIS especially the linux way of doing
>>>things (CLI). We are using XP machines and most students probably
>>>know computers as MS windows only.
>>>Some are more interested in creating cool maps and not on the
>>>underlying spatial analysis techniques (i.e. r.mapcalc) that were
>>>I wrote the list to ask GRASS instructors on any ideas in making the
>>>course better. If you have any approaches/techniques/exercises you
>>>might want to share please do. I firmly believe using FOSS GIS
>>>especially in our country is very important. As a compromise though,
>>>a suggestion from this list was to also introduce them to propriety
>>>GIS package. We have a few arcview 3.2 in the lab so I might give a 1
>>>or 2 sessions about it.
>>>Any ideas would be appreciated.
>>email+jabber: cavallini at faunalia.it
>>Piazza Garibaldi 5 - 56025 Pontedera (PI), Italy Tel: (+39)348-3801953
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Benjamin Ducke, M.A.
Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte
(Inst. of Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology)
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
D 24098 Kiel
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