Welcome to the Spatial Thoughts Newsletter #8

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Training Announcement

I just scheduled 2 new workshops! 
  1. Customizing QGIS with Python: Earn official certificate! 15 February, 2020, Bengaluru
  2. Spatial Data Analytics and Visualization: A completely new class centered around QGIS but with a focus on spatial data science. 14 March, 2020, Bengaluru

New QGIS Tutorials and Blog Posts

New Course Material

I posted the full course material for my Advanced QGIS class online! This class covers the Processing Framework in detail and shows a modern way to do accurate, reproducible and fast geoprocessing. Do check out the material and let me know your feedback!

Learning Resources and News

  • Elements of Data Science by Allen Downey: This is a completely free and open course that teaches Python without assuming any programming knowledge. This is now my go-to recommendation for intro to python course on the web. Bonus: It includes spatial data examples too!
  • If you missed it last time, you must check out the Google Earth Engine plugin for QGIS. There are 300 code examples compiled by Qiusheng Wu
  • Google launched Dataset Search tool that helps you find datasets for research. It includes spatial datasets residing on open data portals around the world, making it a very useful resource for the GIS community. [Try this query for 'parcels']
  • If you are into Story Maps - check out this twitter thread that compiles all the tools available out there for producing such content
  • Cloud-optimized Geotiffs (COGs) are gaining traction and makes remote sensing much more accessible. Check out Andrew's post on using COGs in QGIS
  • I discovered the New Space India podcast recently and have been catching up on past episodes. I especially loved the episode on history of remote sensing in India. Do check it out.
Lastly, a bit of personal news! I have accepted a visiting research/teaching position at University of Johannesburg starting this month. I will be developing and teaching QGIS-based courses and materials for Urban/regional planning. Looking forward to spreading some QGIS love among the urban planning community.
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-Ujaval Gandhi
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