Ready to get started with desktop GIS and consumer-grade GPS for mapping? The materials linked below will take you through some GIS and mapping fundamentals, online mapping, GPS fundamentals, and how to use free and open-source GIS software (called QGIS) to make maps and do simple geospatial analysis.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is digital mapping and analysis of geospatial data. GIS powers both online mapping and desktop mapping software. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) bring together satellites, ground-based control stations, and receivers to pinpoint and record locations.
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