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Subject: Live Online Training Course: An Introduction To Integrating QGIS/GIS And R For Spatial Analysis - 4th to 7th October 2021
From: GIS In Ecology <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:46:20 +0100

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We are now taking bookings for the next run of our live, online course 
titled _An Introduction To Integrating QGIS/GIS and R For Spatial 
Analysis_. It will be held via the Zoom online video-conferencing 
platform between the 4th and 7th of October 2021.

The course will consist of a mix of background talks and practical 
sessions held over four 3-hour sessions. One session needs to be 
completed each day, and attendees will have a choice of completing it 
between 10:00 and 13:00 British Summer Time (primarily aimed at those in 
Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe) or between 18:00 and 21:00 British 
Summer Time (primarily aimed at those in North, Central and South 
America). This allows the course to be as accessible from as many 
different time zones as possible.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 24 people per session. It 
will cost GBP 250 per person (with a discounted rate of GBP 195 for 
students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities). To 
book a place, or for more information, visit 
or email [log in to unmask]

This course is aimed at those who wish to learn how to use and integrate 
QGIS (the leading freely available GIS software package) and R (the 
leading freely available data analysis software package) for spatial 
analysis. It will be taught by Dr. Colin D. MacLeod, the author of 'An 
Introduction To Integrating QGIS And R for Spatial Analysis [1]' 
(Pictish Beast Publications) and a renowned expert in using GIS in 
biological and ecological research. He is also a co-author of the 
recently published 'An Introduction To Basic Statistics For Biologists 
Using R [2]', which is a practical guide to carrying out the analysis of 
biological data in R. The course assumes no prior knowledge of either 
QGIS/GIS or R, and so is open to complete beginners as well as those how 
know how to use one of these software packages, and wish to learn how to 
integrate it with the other.

GIS and statistical analysis are two of the most fundamental software 
tools for modern biologists wishing to conduct spatial analyses. 
However, each have their own sets of software packages, and sometimes it 
can be difficult to know how to integrate the two. This course will 
provide an introduction to the integration of QGIS (the leading freely 
available GIS software package) and R (the leading data analysis 
software packages used by biologists) to create a combined tool set that 
makes the most of the strengths of each of these individual software 
packages. It will consist of a series of background sessions on using 
GIS and R for spatial analysis, mixed in with practical sessions where 
you will learn how to use QGIS, how to use R, and how to integrate two 
to complete a spatial analysis project. This last part will include 
working through an example project, starting with creating a high 
quality map for publication through creating raster data layers of 
environmental variables, joining data together based on their spatial 
relationships and analysing the combined data set using R (including 
creating summary statistics, conducting linear regressions and 
conducting generalised additive modelling - GAMs). While it will 
primarily be based around QGIS, this course is taught using 
software-independent approach, and it is also open to those who wish to 
learn how to use ArcGIS to do biological GIS.

When you attend this course you will receive a free copy of An 
Introduction To Integrating QGIS And R for Spatial Analysis [1] (GIS For 
Biologists Workbooks) as the practical exercises in that course are 
based on the ones contained in that book. NOTE: If you wish to use 
ArcGIS software for this course, alternative materials will be provided 
for the practical sessions.

GIS IN ECOLOGY - Providing Training, Advice And Consultancy On The Use 
Of GIS In Ecology

Web: [3] Email: [log in to unmask]

Need to ask a question about using GIS? Try the GIS In Ecology Forum: [4]

Books From GIS In Ecology Staff:

GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates; RRP: 
An Introduction To Integrating QGIS And R For Spatial Analysis; RRP: 
An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS And 
R; RRP: £19:99

If you wish to purchase these books, visit:

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