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GIS Training: Introduction to Open Source GIS

QGIS Training for practitioners

The training in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) utilizing Free and Open Source Software held from July 23rd - 26th 2018 was successfully completed at Ndejje University Campus Kampala
Areas covered
1- Theoretical basics of GIS (componets of a GIS, GIS data types, coordinate reference systems, spatial analysis, examples of GIS software)
2- Basics of open source software, introduction to QGIS
3- Installation of QGIS 2.18 incl. plugins, installation of JOSM (Java OpenStreetMap Editor) and OSMTracker (Android app)
4- Practical work with QGIS
i) Loading, creation, manipulation of vector layers: Field calculator, labels, style
ii) Loading, manipulation of raster layers: Raster calculator, contour, colour ramps, classification, hillshade, interpolation, polygonize
iii) Map creation: Scalebar, overview legend formatting
iv) Working with Relations (join attribute table to point layer data), importing data from CSV-files
v) Plugins: Profile Tool, Quick OSM, interpolation, OpenLayers, Qgis2threejs
vi) Processing tools: Strahler order, Upslope area, fill sinks, Channel networks and drainage basins, Inverse distance weighted interpolation

Practical work with OSMTracker:

Practical work with OSMTracker:
1. Performing a survey by means of a GPS (Smart phone)
2. Creating GPX-Files (Tracking)

Practical work with JOSM:

Practical work with JOSM:
1. Loading GPX files
2. Loading and adapting OSM data
3. Basic knowledge of the OSM database

Overall Response from the Training

Any other areas you would wish the Water Centre to offer trainings
-Developing datasets and applying them in QGIS
-Remote sensing and image processing using satellite images, introduction to lidar
-Further applications of GIS to other system designs
-Use of design softwares for water and other water related projects
-Rainwater simulation
-Remote sensing, waste management, modern water conservation techniques
-Environmental protection, surveying

Any other comments and suggestions to improve the training
-The training should be split into modules conducted on during semester breaks so that participants cover a bit at a time and become experts at the end of the modules. This would give the participants enough time to practice with the support of the trainers
-Generally training was good
-Improved mobilization mode, better internet connections, adequate time allocated for field data collection and practical trainings.
-I missed attending one of the courses I cherished most, due to compelling disruptions that I encountered in this very week
-Increase the catchment for the participants through liaising with other institutions and directorate of water as well as UIPE
-Faster PCs
-More time should be provided for practical engagements
-More local examples should be used during theoretical trainings
-Trainers need to highlight the relevance of this training among trainees towards the end of the program
-Trainees need to be given a chance to be taken on for real-time field studies and data collection exercises since the country isn't yet fully mapped
-More field practices to teach us how to collect data

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