Date Mon 08 November 2010 Tags QGIS / FOSS

I'm back in Dar es Salaam for a training workshop (2 days QGIS, 1 day openModeller). Sam Lee Pan and Chris Yesson have joined me to help with presentation. Sam introduced herself in an earlier blog post and Chris is an ex-colleague from my time working for the University of Reading, UK. Chris has excellent knowledge of ecological niche modelling and its a real pleasure to have him joining us to share his knowledge with the course attendees.

Street scene in Dar es Salaam

The course is being held at the Dar es Salaam University's Institute of Technology. We have around 30 attendees who come from academia and state parastatals.

Chris Yesson (Left), Tim Sutton (Center) and Sam Lee Pan (Right) outside the University of Dar es Salaam institute of technology.

It's always refreshing to present QGIS courses and see how well received the software is and how easy it is for new users to  pick up and get running with quickly.

Sam showing one of our trainees the ropes!

During the course of the day we covered loading vector data, symbolisation, labelling and basic digitising.

Chris explaining the intricacies of QGIS to one of the course attendees.

The training course is part of the final stages of the work we have been doing for GBIF. Our work adds several new tools (non spatial table support, raster calculator, CSW client overhaul, darwin core data provider, openModeller plugin) - some of which have been added into the core of QGIS and will be in the upcoming QGIS 1.6 release.

We ended the day with a free form 'map a beautiful map' session and I was really impressed with the quality of work the attendees produced - all of them created nice neat projects with several layers, labels, customised symbology and so on.  I'm going to try to take some screenshots of a few of the better ones tomorrow and post them here for the world to see ... until then, happy QGIS'sing!


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