[GRASS-user] Re: [Qgis-user] Basic GIS course ideas

Benjamin Ducke 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
that includes:

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
- archaeology
- 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
it easier!


Otto Dassau wrote:
> Hi, 
> 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
> tutorials/courses:
> 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,
>   Otto
> 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
>>starting point?
>>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.
>>- --
>>Paolo Cavallini
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Benjamin Ducke, M.A.
(Archaeoinformation Science)
Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte
(Inst. of Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology)
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
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D 24098 Kiel

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