Intro to GIS and GPS Materials

Parcels and River Corridor in QGIS
Parcels and River Corridor in QGIS

The Resource

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.

The Technology

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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Intro to GIS and GPS Training Manual Chapters


About the author

Leslie Pelch

Leslie Pelch is the Outreach Coordinator at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information. More info