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From http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.gis.qgis.devel/25129

Is GIS software getting too expensive for you to use?

Are you scared of going to freeware?

Did you know that

  • The use of opensource GIS is growing with over 100,000 regular users in 2011
  • Two-thirds have a fully documented strategic approach for using open source in their businesses, while another 32 percent are developing a strategic plan.
  • Of the organizations using open source, 88 percent will increase their investment
  • There are showcases of use and extensive support and tutorials
  • There are lots of active QGIS users in FNQ and in-person tech support is closer than you think.
  • Many GIS job listings ask for open source familiarity

Big name GIS software is expensive, how can QGIS be free?

  • QGIS is free because the software is developed by a community of dedicated volunteers.

Can QGIS do the same as big name GIS software?

  • Yes, QGIS has 400 plug-ins that enable QGIS to Create, edit, visualize, analyse and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac & Linux, the same as big name GIS software.
  • QGIS provides integration with other open source GIS packages, including PostGIS, GRASS, and MapServer to give users extensive functionality

Can I use my existing files in QGIS?

Who is using QGIS?

  • The top 30 GIS desktop programs have been mapped and QGIS is the second most widely used program.
  • Some Australian State, Federal, Local Government, Not for Profit organisations and Private GIS businesses are changing to QGIS.

Can I get ongoing QGIS help and training?

  • There are plenty of online tutorials available; also ‘GetBack2Basics’ has regular beginner, intermediate and advanced training classes scheduled.

Bring your laptop. Instructors will help you install the free software on your laptop for the course.

NEXT COURSE

Intermediate Class: 25th & 26th June 2015 For people that have an understanding of GIS and want to get stuck into QGIS.

COST

$280 upwards - you will get 2 days of training as well as a free USB stick of data to get you started plus SSSI points