GIS TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTHUSIASTS
Geographic Information System GIS is used to collect, organize, manage, manipulate, analyze, store and present many types of spatial data that deal with location intelligence.
When data is organized by its locations, we can see geographic patterns that allow us to develop a better understanding of how systems work, interact more effectively with each other, and prevent risky decision-making.
Many people are beginning to understand the importance of acquiring geospatial knowledge, especially geography and geology students and other participants in the spatial field. If you are looking for the best resources to learn GIS, you have come to the right place.
First of all, it is imperative to note that not everyone can learn GIS. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it and the same goes for GIS and other Geospatial-related disciplines and learning. One important thing to have is underlying interest as the field expands with more knowledge daily.
There are stages in the GIS learning process and the place to start from as a green-horn is of course the Beginners level. At this stage, the first thing you’ll need is a computer with perfect internet connections and you’ll also need to install some software. Usually, during the Beginners training course at our offices, we install the software for our students after giving them access.
Not to worry, you can get this software for free when you register with us or visit our Geostore.
The datasets we’ve compiled for students contain shapefiles with GPS Coordinates for a different locations in Nigeria. It contains Toposheets and a map with Nigerian boundaries and also a Political map of Nigeria. All of these are important in learning the basics of mapping.
QGIS – Quantum Geographic Information System is free, open-source software that allows you to create, edit, visualize, analyze, and publish geospatial information. One great benefit of using QGIS is that it offers many free online resources and maps available to download at your fingertips. This can help you familiarize yourself with the basics of GIS learning on your own.
Perhaps the most critical software used by professionals and which you will get acquainted with at the professional stage of your GIS experience is ArcGIS by Esri. It is a desktop GIS application software used to make maps, analyze data, and share and collaborate. With ArcGIS, you get access to workflow-specific apps, maps, and data from around the globe.
One difference to note between both is that QGIS is an open source GIS software suite that has a popular desktop option, mobile, and web component while Esri’s ArcGIS is a commercially available suite of software that includes three desktop versions with varying levels of complexity, mobile, and web components according to your experience and expertise.
If you’re thinking of a career in GIS, you should probably look toward improving your knowledge and skill set. The following are courses you can base on in your GIS learning journey.
- ArcGIS Online / ArcGIS.
- Application development.
- Database administration.
- Python scripting.
- Data editing.
- Data Science / Spatial Analysis.
- Field surveys and GPS etc.
We have compiled a GIS Masterclass Manual with all the above treated intricately as topics with all accompanying details, available on our Geo store.
You can join our Online Community of GIS experts by registering for our monthly training sessions. We offer Beginners, Intermediate, and Professional training with recognized certificates.
Your journey to becoming a Geospatial expert begins when you decide to take the first leap. We hope the resources contained here will help your endeavor.