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Ongoing beginner and advanced in-person GIS workshops are offered by SFU Library's Research Commons. For more details about the workshops we usually offer every semester, including workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets, please visit GIS workshops at SFU Library Research Commons, our Canvas container.
Custom GIS training sessions are available for classes, research groups, and other groups of brand new or experienced GIS users. Please contact Sarah (Tong) Zhang, Librarian for Geography, GIS, & Maps, at email@example.com to discuss options.
Self-paced online courses
Esri training: Free and subscription online courses
GIS courses via LinkedIn Learning
Esri's MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
Library how-to guides [new]
How to map Canadian Census data
Why and how to map Canadian Census data, using a GIS program or SimplyAnalytics Canada.
How to make images useful for mapping: Georeferencing
Learn how to use QGIS to georeference a historical map, and connect your images with their spatial locations on a reference dataset.
Other recommended GIS training resources
Both the University of Toronto Mississauga Library and the University of Waterloo's Geospatial Centre have excellent suites of quick GIS tutorials:
- GIS & Data Tutorials, University of Toronto Mississauga Library
- GIS-related Podcasts and Tutorials, Geospatial Centre, University of Waterloo
Open Education Resources (OER) for GIS/Geography
Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources created with the intention of being freely available to users anywhere. For learners, it means you can read them for free; for instructors, it means liberty of access, revision and redistribution.
Open Geography Education
Community-led project compiling OER geography eTexbooks, OER Lab Manuals, and Geospatial Technology OER eTextbooks. Useful to both instructors and students.
Open Educational Resources by Penn State University
A wide variety of GIS-related open courses, ranging from introductory level to advanced level. Licensed by Creative Commons license (cc By-NC-SA 4.0), A few sample courses:
- Open Web Mapping
- Spatial Data Analytics for Transportation
- GIS Programming and Software Development
- Mapping our Changing World
GIS books at SFU Library
A sample of GIS books available at the Library: