Practical QGIS - Class in Seattle May 28/29, 2015

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At the end of May Terra GIS is offering a 2 day class on QGIS Desktop GIS at the Impact HUB, Seattle, Washington. The class will focus on practical exercises in a workshop style setting. The class will enable ArcGIS users to easily transition to using QGIS and its comprehensive tool kit (or to use it in addition to their existing GIS software). Participants can choose to attend the full two day class or optionally attend only one of the two days. Details about the class can to be found here.

Pre-conference workshop at 2014 NWGIS Conference

nwgisuserTerra GIS is offering a 2 day hands-on pre-conference workshop at the 28th annual Northwest GIS Users Conference – WORKING ACROSS BORDERS. The conference this year will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center, about 15 miles north of downtown Seattle, Washington.  The pre-conference workshop will be held on Monday October 13th and Tuesday October 14th, 2014, the main conference program will continue until Friday of the same week. Details about the workshop are here and the official conference workshop pages/registration are here.

Trans-SEC Web GIS workshop in Morogoro, Tanzania

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The Web GIS workshop was organized in a cooperation between Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania and the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Last week my friend and fellow Soil Scientist Dr. Ludger Herrmann and me met at SUA in Morogoro, Tanzania to jointly lead this 3 day workshop for the Trans-SEC project working on food security in eastern Africa. Ludger had been my boss during my first job from 1998-2000 at the University of Hohenheim, Department of Soil Science and Land Evaluation, but we had not worked together professionally since then. transsec

The long name of Trans-SEC is Innovating Strategies to safeguard Food Security using Technology and Knowledge Transfer. Over the next 3 years I will work together with Ludger and our partners at SUA, a team of scientists lead by professor Siza Tumbo. My role will be to teach and support the team implementing a Web GIS platform (based on Open Source GIS software) for use in the Trans-Sec project and to publish an Atlas of Food security of Tanzania.

During this first workshop participants where introduced to MapServer, OpenLayers and PostGIS and we build some first temporary web maps together on a temporary web server. On the second last day of the workshop the server that was shipped from Hohenheim arrived in Morogoro by bus and was then installed on the last day of our stay at the computing center at SUA with help from the IT department. Ludger and I will return for two more web mapping workshops over the next two years to support the project and its mapping components.