New Course: Introduction to spatial databases with PostGIS and QGIS

Thanks for your interest in this course. I’m very excited to release it as I believe that the combination of QGIS 3.0 and PostGIS amounts to an open-source “Killer App”.  It solves many frustrating problems that I had to deal with throughout my career as the GIS specialist for small to medium sized environmental consulting companies. I think it is equally applicable to any organization that is outgrowing single-user desktop GIS but unable to pay the ten’s of thousands of dollars required to move into multi-user enterprise databases with commercial GIS software. It took quite a bit of effort to learn how to do this on my own and my hope, as always, is to help others navigate this technology without repeating the mistakes I made.

This course is intended to provide an introduction to spatial databases in general and PostGIS in particular to GIS professionals who are interested in expanding their skillset to multi-user enterprise level spatial databases. This course uses the latest (as of 2/18) versions of PostgreSQL (10.1), PostGIS (2.4), and QGIS (3.0). I believe it is the most current and thorough course on spatial databases available today. You will learn

  • What a spatial database is and why you would want to use one.
  • What SQL is, why you would want to use it, and how it can be applied to geospatial concepts.
  • How to install PostGIS locally for development purposes and how to access a production version via a network or the internet.
  • How to load your spatial data into PostGIS and access it from a variety of clients, especially QGIS
  • The basics of SQL for both spatial and non-spatial queries
  • How to validate data and control user access with the tools built-in to PostGIS
  • Optimizing your queries for the best performance
  • How to work with raster data in PostGIS
  • The basics of programming custom functions with PL/pgSQL
  • The basics of database administration to keep your database operating smoothly

This course has over 10 hours of content and is available NOW for only $20 on using this link. The course will never be available on the Udemy site for less than $25 but I do offer discounts for students and non-profits.

If you want to learn more about what spatial databases are and why you would want to use them before purchasing, please read my blog post What can a spatial database do for you?

Also see other courses available on Web GIS programmming and QGIS 3.0 on my courses page.

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