A friendly introduction to map-making with QGIS : 2024-06-13

Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

This workshop is in the past and registrations are unavailable.

Registration dates
closed Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 8:00am

All times are Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

About the workshop

  • Do you know that a very large amount of data from many resources (the web, government, research, etc.) contains coordinates or other geographic information that can be mapped? If you are not taking advantage of the spatial characteristics of your data, you are missing key insights spatial analysis and maps can offer.
  • Do you hope to make a decent map for your publications?
  • Do you want to tell which maps are telling blatant lies (believe us, there are plenty of such examples floating on the web) or avoid making misleading maps yourself?  

Come to this in-person workshop to learn some fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and how to use QGIS- a free, open-source GIS platform with powerful tools and a wide variety of plugins- to import, analyze, and visualize your data spatially. We will also introduce some basic concepts of cartography (this is a fancy word, but basically, it means how to make meaningful, trustworthy, and aesthetic maps!).  

You are welcome to talk about your project ideas or how you would like to visualize or analyze your data.  

Learning Outcomes:  

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand a few basic GIS concepts
  • Import data to QGIS
  • Edit data within QGIS
  • Understand a few basic types of thematic maps and the connections between thematic maps and data
  • Manipulate map symbology  
  • Understand a few basic cartographic concepts  
  • Create and export a map using the layout manager

    Target audience

    This workshop has been designed for those with little or no prior experience with GIS. It may also be of interest to those already familiar with GIS, but would like to have some hands-on experience using QGIS.


    • Please bring your own laptop.  
    • You need to install QGIS on your device prior to attending the workshop. QGIS runs on Linux, Windows and Mac operating systems. 
    • To download QGIS, please visit https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html. 
    Jay Matsushiba

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