Short courses and workshops
Open Source GIS & Webmapping


The Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) organises a series of short courses and workshops on Open Source GIS & Webmapping, for which we at ITC have developed course materials and provide teaching staff and resources.

These are mostly hands-on practical workshops, intended to introduce the possibilities and pitfalls of using Open Source applications for GIS and webmapping to people who are interested in this technology, but that do not yet have much experience in the actual practical use of OSGEO applications.

We use a set of exercises that guide the participants in setting up a webmapping site using OpenStreetMap data, adding their own data using the desktop QGIS application, serving that data as a Web Map Service using Geoserver and/or Mapserver, and finally bringing it all together on a interactive “slippy map” website using OpenLayers.

We are using in general the free and open source GIS and webmapping applications from the OSGEO LiveDVD. The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The OSGEO LiveDVD is a self-contained bootable DVD/USB based on the Xubuntu operating system, that allows you to try a wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything.

We teach and have tought these workshops and courses in many guises: From very short (2 hours) to long (2/3 weeks), either face-to-face or using Distance Learning technology...

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