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The short course on ‘Mapping Essentials’ is a unique and intense 2-day programme for students and working professionals from diverse backgrounds. The course is designed to give participants an overview of essentials of mapping and hands-on exposure for working with various free and open source mapping (GIS software) applications. 

The main aim of this course is to equip the learners to compose maps with the help of free and open source solutions. The course attempts to explain the techniques and standards for distribution of geographical data, concepts of coordinates, projection system and so on. The practical sessions concentrate on the process for creating data, maps and with the help of popular desktop and web-based GIS applications like QGIS, OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, Fusion tables, etc., which enable them to efficiently learn, test and apply the techniques in their respective domains. Eventually, the participants would be able to produce GIS maps for their own needs.

Key Takeaways: The course will equip learners to translate their raw data into maps, by enabling them to learn, test and apply the necessary mapping techniques that are the key to a better understanding of data and ground situations. On completing this course, participants will:

1. Appreciate key concepts, understand the spatial data requirements. 

2. Be familiar with a range of techniques to gather field data (including traditional methods, as well as satellite navigation systems like GPS and related technologies).

3. Be able to test and apply the techniques in their respective domains.

4. Eventually, produce maps for their own needs. 

5. Be exposed to popular web-based GIS applications like OpenStreetMap, Google Maps etc.

Course Format: The short-course enables participants to have hands-on experience with the software and datasets, followed by a demo at every step. The teaching process comprises interactive lectures, classroom exercises, the collection of primary data from the field and practical training and tasks. Participants are required to participate fully in all of the above activities. Certificates will only be awarded to participants who complete all course requirements. 

Place: Bengaluru, Karnataka


Session Details: 

Session 1: Introduction to GIS & Mapping – The session details with understanding map related concepts like scale, map projection, coordinates, raster data type, vector data type, database management.

Session 2: Overview of free and open source mapping applications and plugins – The session deals with introducing the learners to various free and open sources applications like QGIS, fusion table etc, which can be used for mapping and create map output. 

Session 3: Data Collection, Preparation, and Management  – The session will expose the learner to satellite-based navigation (popularly known as GPS) and collecting data on GPS. It will involve practical outdoor activity by gathering data on GPS/data logger, there will be a hands-on session on translating data gathered from GPS to QGIS, create data and prepare them in such a way that is amenable to most popular GIS data format and link them to the geometry file. Finally, the learner will be exposed to different map composers for such data.

Session 4: Data Analysis and 3D mapping – This session deals with analysing data using various geoprocessing tools to create buffer, clip data, etc extracting contours, generating heat map, creating 3D maps etc. 

Session 5: Working with OpenStreetMap & Web mapping – The session will give an introduction to OSM movement. Downloading the data from OSM and also adding data to OSM by working with tools like JOSM/QGIS. 

Participants are highly encouraged that they bring their own laptop.

Eligibility: This program is open to participants from any domain and not limited to engineering, sciences, ecology and social sciences. Participation is limited to 25 applicants.

Important Dates:

Application deadline: 20 October 2018.

 The course will be held on 27 - 28 October 2018.

Charges: The cost of the programme will be ₹ 5,000, charges for international participants is $ 150 USD. This does not include residential facilities.

A student discount of Rs.1,000/-. Contact us, if you are a student!

Course Instructors: Priyadarshini Shetty and Shashikala Gowda

Application: Interested participants are encouraged to register online here. Candidates will be short-listed first on the basis of their application. For more details, please contact: 


T: 08131-223175


October 27, 2018 — 9:00 am to
October 28, 2018 — 5:00 pm

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Bengaluru, India