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Learning GIS

Resources for learning GIS concepts and tools, including ESRI's ArcGIS products, and QGIS.


QGIS is available for download for Mac, Windows and Linux. No license is required, as it is free and open source.

Learning QGIS

Online Documentation and Tutorials

QGIS 2.8 Documentation

Includes the "QGIS Training Manual" (with canned data and exercises, enough for a 5-day workshop!), and the concept-oriented "A Gentle Introduction to GIS"

Lex Berman's "Open Source with QGIS 2.0" tutorial

Great content, much of it focused around examples with non-Roman character sets, and using other open source tools like LibreOffice

Also includes excellent installation instructions



Search the U-M Library Catalog for qgis to find books, both electronic and print, like this one:

Learning QGIS - Third Edition

Published in 2016, by  Anita Graser. Available online to UM affiliates