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GIS Training

How to get the best from spatial data


Your GIS data Working out which Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training provider best suits your requirements can be a bit of a headache. In a complex world of acronyms, fast changing software and vast amounts of available open data, it can be a daunting process.

We provide you with the most up-to-date GIS training courses, customising them to suit your circumstances. Led by Dr Nick Bearman, you can be assured you will get the most from your training, with his patient and enthusiastic approach. Nick is always keen to share his wealth of experience in research and GIS software packages.

Our courses are accredited by the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). We are members of the Royal Geographic Society (with IBG) and the British Cartographic Society (BCS). We love showcasing what GIS can do!


“ Being able to make such a complex and coollooking map was fun! Also colouring the map by hand :) � Introduction to QGIS Course, participant

Starting from scratch Type | Introduction to QGIS Ref no | 4049 Duration | 1 Day Attendee(s) | 1 Location | Penryn, Cornwall TR10 8BE Learning outcomes | be able to set up QGIS and add data; understand adding coordinate data; join tabular data to spatial data; undertake calculations; understanding how to classify data; create a publication-ready map;

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Funded by | Private individual

If you’re looking for an Introduction to QGIS training, then this is the course for you. No previous experience of GIS or QGIS is required, but some experience of using spatial data would be beneficial. This course will introduce spatial data and show you how to import and display spatial data with the free open source GIS program QGIS.

We will show you how to create choropleth maps and explain appropriate methods of visualising spatial data. Also covering some basic spatial data analysis (e.g. calculating rates). Our courses are bespoke to your requirements. We offer one-to-one training at your place of work or at ours. Or we can provide training on your University Campus or place of work. We also have online options available for long-distance learning.

We love sharing how GIS works!


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provided our delegates with an excellent introduction to using R as a GIS. (Nick) was a very knowledgeable and approachable trainer and the course was a good mix of presentation and practical sessions. Our participants ... successfully increased their skills in mapping spatial data.” WISERD, 26th April 2017 Introduction to Spatial Data & Using R as a GIS

Learning the rules! Type | Introduction to Spatial Data and Using R as a GIS Ref no | 4050 Duration | 1 day Attendees | 10-15 Location | University College London (UCL), London WC1E 6BT Learning outcomes | be able to use R & RStudio to read in spatial and non-spatial data; know how to plot spatial data; join spatial data to attribute data; customize classification methods; use loops to make multiple maps; know how to reproject spatial data; point in polygon analysis; know how to save shape files; create ‘heat-map’ using point data;

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Funded by | Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN)

When you’re already using GIS and looking to automate or replicate your data results, then Introduction to Spatial Data and Using R as a GIS is the course for you. No experience of using R or of scripting is necessary, but some experience of GIS would be useful. This course will cover an introduction to R, how to load and manage spatial data and how to create maps using R and RStudio.

We will show you appropriate ways of using classifications for choropleth maps, using loops in R to create multiple maps and basic spatial analysis. We will be using RStudio to work with the R environment. By the end of the course you will be able to load data into R, represent it effectively and be able to prepare an output quality map.

We love teaching how to code in R!


We work hard for that ‘a-ha’ moment where students see what GIS can do for them


“The explanation was very good, the course was well organised and understandable, the Professor was able to help each participant in the training and was able to respond to all the questions. � Rim Achowz, Statistics students, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Perfecting your results Type | Confident Spatial Analysis Ref no | 4051 Duration | 1 day Attendees | 15-25 Location | American University of Beirut, 1107 2020, Lebanon Learning outcomes | know how to use RStudio and GeoDa for a range of spatial analysis; understand spatial autocorrelation perform clustering analysis; use buffers and overlaps in analysis; develop custom functions in RStudio;

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Funded by | American University of Beirut

Following processes are fine in themselves, but sometimes you need to create your own methodology. By taking part in a Confident Spatial Analysis course you’ll be maximising your GIS capabilities. Experience of using R and working with spatial data is highly recommended.

In this course we cover how to prepare and analyse spatial data in RStudio & GeoDa. We use RStudio to perform spatial overlay techniques (such as union, intersection and buffers) to combine different spatial data layers to support a spatial analysis decision. RStudio and GeoDa are used explore a range of different types of spatial analyses including spatial autocorrelation, Moran’s I and clustering.

We love enabling students to reach their potential!


Bespoke training courses When working with Clear Mapping Co, we support you throughout the whole process, from considering your course content, to delivering your programme.

Alternatively, we can use your sample data and source open data to discuss the technical benefits and challenges between GIS packages, utilising the most appropriate for your project.

We work with you to customise a training programme to enable you to get the most out of the Geographic Information System you wish to study.

We run a free monthly Missing Maps event at our Penryn studio. This is a great opportunity to find out what GIS is all about, whilst being part of a great cause

which is helping to put the world’s vulnerable on the map. Currently we are developing a Clear Cartography training course. Please ask for more details. We love sharing our GIS and cartographic design experience!


Our expertise are second to none Choose Clear Mapping Co, an award-winning international cartographic design consultancy and provider of innovative GIS training courses as your next training provider. Dr Nick Bearman has worked for the University of Liverpool, University of East Anglia and Cardiff University. He lectures at various conferences including GISRUK, the British Cartographic

Society’s Annual Symposium and has been involved in GIS for 14 years.

Get in touch with Nick, and he will guide you through the process.

Nick uses QGIS and programming to create interfaces to spatial data, including Google Maps API, JavaScript, MySQL/PHP, R, Python, PostGreSQL and GeoDa. Whatever you’re interested in, our expertise, care and technical know-how will provide professional GIS training.


Dr Nick Bearman Senior GIS Analyst and Course Director +44 (0)1326 337072

Clear Mapping Company is an award-winning international cartographic design consultancy and provider of innovative GIS training courses.

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