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This workshop introduces the fundamentals of computer-based mapping using QGIS, an open-source mapping platform popular in both academia and the commercial world. Topics will include basic mapping skills such as uploading existing spatial datasets (shape files) to a project, editing shapefiles, adding a vector layer, and joining layers to discover new spatial information. By participating in this workshop, you will be able to create a simple map and use QGIS to analyze spatial information. No previous mapping experience is required. Participants must bring their own computer with QGIS installed.

Please install QGIS before attending http://www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html. If you need help with the installation, please contact Michelle McSweeney at m.mcsweeney@columbia.edu

LEVEL: Beginner
NOTES: Personal laptop with administrator capabilities