Budapest, Hungary

Bridging ICTs and the Environment - Mapping the World with QGIS

online course
when 11 January 2021 - 8 February 2021
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 150

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) became essential tools not only in academic research but also in our daily life. GIS includes (but not limited to) mechanisms of geographic data collection, storage, visualization and analysis. The range of available technologies and application areas is wide and the choice of solution depends on issues concerned and level of computer literacy.

The present course introduces geospatial data visualization (mapping) using qGIS, the most popular open-source free GIS package. Participants will develop basic understanding of spatially referenced data and familiarize themselves with GIS mapping principles. The online sessions followed by individual work will equip participants with both theoretical understanding and practical skills in visualizing societal and environmental phenomena.

Many geospatial datasets in various formats (e.g. vector / raster) are freely available online, yet they are greatly underutilized by researchers. Participants will learn what kind of data can be stored in these datasets, how to obtain, develop and share such datasets.
he course is organized as a series of online presentations (both synchronous and asynchronous) followed by practicals (detailed video instructions), consultations with instructors and individual work on maps development.

Passing the course is based upon completion of the following:

practical sessions: series of maps should be developed and submitted;
individual project: a map of interest to be developed and presented.

Participants who has passed the course will receive a CEU SUN certificate on successful course completion and, if requested, ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities.

Course leader

Viktor Lagutov
Systems Laboratory, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

The workshop is targeted at beginners with no/ little prior knowledge of GIS.

Course aim

The course is focused on practical skills in geospatial data visualization (mapping) and consists of

Theoretical sessions on principles of geospatial data visualization, cartography and GIS basics;
Practicals on learning GIS methods and getting mapping skills in qGIS;
Independent work on individual course projects.
By the end of the course participants should be able to

understand the principles of geospatial data mapping;
acquire geospatial and other related datasets useful for mapping;
develop own datasets based on different data sources;
create simple maps using qGIS.

Credits info

2 EC
Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 150: payable until December 15, 2020


This course is generously funded by the Open Society University Network. Only currently enrolled
students, researchers, and faculty from the institutions within this Network as well as CIVICA
member universities are eligible to receive a waiver.