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Statistical Software

About QGIS

QGIS logoQGIS is a free and open source software that revolves around all aspects of managing and using digital geographical data and is the competitor to ArcGIS. With a GIS application you can open digital maps on your computer, create new spatial information to add to a map, create printed maps customized to your needs and perform spatial analysis.

QGIS is available as a desktop, browser, server, and web client application, and is now offered on Android devices in beta.

For help finding spatial data or other GIS software and tools, check out Demography Research Guide

   Resources at FSU Libraries

  • College of Social Science's GIS Laboratory
  • The mission of the COSS GIS Lab is to provide state of the art facilities and training for tomorrow's professional planners and geographers who will be using GIS technologies. In addition, the lab endeavors to offer state of the art equipment, software and facilities for research agendas throughout the college that have GIS components. There are multiple GIS Lab facilities located in the Bellamy Building in rooms 320 and 035. Other facilities exist within the Bellamy building that are used by graduate students in Urban Planning, Geography and other departments.


QGIS Workshop



The video displayed is a workshop included in the FSU STEM Data Workshop Series hosted at Dirac Library. Visit FSU Libraries on YouTube for more video guides.

This workshop is held by Matt Hunter, the Digital Scholarship Technologist, and Dave Rodriguez, Resident Media Librarian, at FSU Libraries in the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship.

The Google slides from the workshop can be found here: QGIS Slides



  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Tutorial videos for the beginning stages of learning how to use QGIS. LinkedIn Learning can be accessed through your FSU account for free under Resources.

  • Datapolitan
  • Links to materials for Datapolitan in-person courses in open data, data analytics, and information visualization. Includes access to class outline, lecture slides, class handouts, and slide source code.

  • Geospatial Historian
  • A tutorial-based open access textbook for historical scholars and digital humanists edited by Jim Clifford and Josh MacFadyen. It is designed to teach practical digital mapping and GIS skills that are immediately useful to real research needs.

Further Reading

  • QGIS Documentation
  • Documentation on QGIS and previous versions for users, documentation writers, developers, and testing.

  • GIS Lounge
  • GIS Lounge is an information portal primarily relating to the field of geographic information systems. The purpose of this site is to provide introductory text for issues relating to GIS as well as interesting news items, tips, and resources for the geospatial field. This site is run by Caitlin Dempsey Morais.


  • Stack Exchange
  • Stack Exchange is a community hub of support for questions about QGIS.

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