Unit:  Introduction to Geographic Information

Learning GIS and cartography is fun and rewarding, all it requires is a little time and effort.  This first unit is designed to lead you toward making your first map, assuming you've had little to no experience with GIS and design programs.  For now, just remember that a map is:
a compilation of symbolized layers;
these layers are designed to visually represent some aspect of a space.  
For this unit, please focus on the following:
What is in a map?  |  Raster and Vector  |  What is GIS?
Data Jargon  |  Spatial Data Structure

Workshop [a]:  Symbolizing Data

In this workshop we'll learn how to download, import, and symbolize geographic information for the state of Maine.  The goals for this first session are to learn how to do the following things:
  • Import your data into QGIS.
  • Create three new files:  land.tif , hillshade.tif , and islands.shp .
  • Change symbology and transparency settings for your data.
  • Create a layout using the Print Composer.
To complete the tutorial, please download this (linked) TIF file.
The videos show where to download the "township file"  -  but you can also download this file:  metwp24p.zip.
Good luck on the videos!
(1) Download, Install  |  (2) Navigation  |  (3) Create Topography
(4) Select Islands  |  (5) Labels, Symbology  |  (6) Layout