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Data Acquisition and Open Source GIS Software

Learn how to create a WMS layer using QGIS and how to integrate this SLD file into GeoServer in this free online course.

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This free online course will help you acquire skills on how to create a WMS layer using QGIS, creating an SLD file, and how to integrate this SLD file into GeoServer. You will gain an understanding of raster data, map composition, the encompassing maps in QGIS; the R software, and open geospatial consortium. You will then familiarize yourself with the open-source software, the way it is designed, and how it compares with proprietary software.
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    3-4 Hours
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This course will begin by introducing you to raster data. You will learn how to download raster data, how to perform terrain analysis; such as slope, aspect, hill shade, and contour. You will also learn how a raster calculator works and the meaning of quantum geographic information system. This will lead you to map composition and the encompassing maps in QGIS. You will become familiar with the styling, labeling, and adding of map elements to the map composition page.

Next, you will have a grasp of shapefiles using QGIS and how to label it. You will then be introduced to R software, how to download and install the R software. You will gain an understanding of the R interface, the different data types in R, and the basic functionalities that can be performed using the R software. You will assimilate how open-source software is designed and how it actually compares with proprietary software. You will then understand how an open-source standard is being built.

Lastly, you will be brought up to speed with the open geospatial consortium, which is a consortium responsible for the development of standardization. You will familiarize yourself with how it evolved as an organization, its domains, standards, and organizational structure. You will also become familiar with how to become a member of the OGC and how a collaboration of particular standardization can happen through OGC. This will further help you acquire more skills on how to create a WMS layer using QGIS, creating an SLD file, and how to integrate this SLD file into GeoServer.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the process of data acquisition in GIS
  • Explain the terrain analysis, including Slope, Aspect, Hillshade, and Contour 
  • Describe the process of clipping raster using layer in GIS
  • Discuss the process of styling and labeling in QGIS 
  • Explain the concept of map elements and composition
  • Discuss the Bhuvan geoportal in GIS
  • Explain utilities in Bhuvan and open data achieve in Bhuvan 
  • Explain the concept of open-source software, OGC domains, and OGC standards 
  • Describe the open-source software image map 
  • Discuss the pros and cons of open-source, including Cost of ownership, Features and qualities, Principles and rights 
  • Discuss data standards and standardization levels 
  • Describe the elements of standardization and standardization on the application level 


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