AfriSpatial has had great fun with several varied training courses during 2011. We run commercial scheduled, on-site and one-on-one courses through the FOSS GIS Academy. As an outreach activity we run FOSS GIS courses with High School Geography teachers and have even run a few lessons with the school kids.

In May we ran our second QGIS and PostGIS course at AIMS in Muizenberg. This was a scheduled course and we had attendees from academia, consultancies and Government.

Victoria G. said: “I thought that the course was really excellent, and probably learnt more during it than most other IT courses that I have attended. Using PostGIS in particular will be the test and no doubt I will have many questions along the line but I look forward to getting stuck into using the software. A great course and very worthwhile!”

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June: Introduction to QGIS, Kimberley. The Northern Cape Provincial Government Department of Environmental Affairs and Nature Conservation has switched from ESRI products and is migrating all their GIS to FOSS. This was the kick-off course to familiarise desktop users with QGIS. It was two days long and we tried to keep it as basic as possible and also worked on common GIS stumbling blocks like projections.

One of the students, Christine P., had this to say: “I love QGIS. It is so easy to use. I won’t be going back to ArcView.”

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June: QGIS and PostGIS, Wits University. This was a scheduled course with attendees from academia, Government and private businesses, from small consultancies through to large corporates.

Suzi G. said: “Thanks for a fantastic introduction into the power and ability of QGIS. This has definitely swayed me to use QGIS as my GIS software of choice. Thanks to Gavin and Victoria for a truly enlightening course.”

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September: Advanced QGIS and GRASS, Northern Cape Provincial Government, Springbok. Many of the group from the Introductory course in June gathered again for three days of more advanced QGIS, analysis in GRASS and more in depth coverage of projections.

September: We did a one-on-one QGIS course with a partner from de Villiers Brownlie Associates environmental consultants. This is a great format for going at your own pace and dealing with your specific issues.

Keep an eye on the schedule at http://fossgisacademy.com for upcoming courses or contact us with your requirements for a custom or on-site course or if you would like to be added to our mailing list.