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A Gentle Introduction Tog Is

A Gentle Introduction Tog Is

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A Gentle Introduction to GIS
Brought to you with Quantum GIS, a Free and Open SourceSoftware GIS Application for everyone.
T. Sutton, O. Dassau, M. Sutton
sponsored by:Chief Directorate: Spatial Planning & Information, Department of Land Affairs, Eastern Cape, South Africa.in partnership with:Spatial Information Management Unit, Office of the Premier,Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Copyright (c) 2009
Chief Directorate: Spatial Planning& Information, Department of LandAffairs, Eastern Cape.
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this documentunder the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNUFree Documentation License". The above copyright notice excludes the QGIS User Manual which may beappended to this document. Consult the QGIS Manuals for furthercopyright and licensing information.
A word from the editor:
This project was sponsored by the Chief Directorate: Spatial Planning & Information, Department of Land Affairs (DLA), Eastern Cape, in conjunctionwith the Spatial Information Management Unit, Office of the Premier, EasternCape, South Africa. GIS is becoming an increasingly important tool in environmental management,retail, military, police, tourism and many other spheres of our daily lives. If youuse a computer or a cell phone, you have probably already used a GIS in someform without even realising it. Maybe it was a map on a web site, GoogleEarth, an information booth or your cell phone telling you where you are.Proprietary GIS software (software that cannot be freely shared or modified) isavailable that will let you do everything we describe in these worksheets and alot more. However this software is usually very expensive or otherwise limitsyour freedom to copy, share and modify the software. GIS vendors sometimesmake an exception for educational activities, providing cheaper or free copiesof their software. They do this knowing that if teachers and learners get toknow their software, they will be reluctant to learn other packages. Whenlearners leave school they will go into the workplace and buy the commercialsoftware, never knowing that there are free alternatives that they could beusing.With Quantum GIS, we offer an alternative - software that is free of cost andfree in a social sense. You can make as many copies as you like. When learnersleave school one day they can use this software to build their skills, solveproblems at work and make the world a better place.When you buy commercial software, you limit your options for the future. Bylearning, using and sharing Free and Open Source Software, you are buildingyour own skills, freeing money to be spent on important things like food andshelter and boosting our own economy.By sponsoring the creation of this resource, the DLA has created a foundationto which young minds can be exposed. Exciting possibilities lie ahead whenprinciples of free sharing of knowledge and data are embraced. For this wegive our heartfelt thanks to the DLA!We hope you enjoy using and learning QGIS in the spirit of Ubuntu!Tim Sutton, April 2009

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