One of the benefits of working with QGIS is how easily you can add to its capabilities with a drop-in plugin. We released a QGIS plugin that I’m particularly excited about with our Desktop 1.0 launch: the QGIS Lessons plugin, available on the Boundless plugin repository.
Lessons teaches you to perform common tasks within QGIS — and we’ve provided a set of basic workflows to get you started (including how to export data from QGIS, reprojecting data, and adding some cartographic elements). We have many more GIS lessons in the works for the future — and we hope you experiment with creating your own, too.
When you launch a lesson, you’ll walk through a set of step-by-step procedures. Clicking a step gives you text descriptions of a task and can launch or execute a tool for you — so you don’t need to know where a tool is located to get started.
The QGIS Lessons panel docks in the interface so you can interact with the map canvas.
I see an alternate thread for work groups: lessons can be written as standard operating procedures and shared with others to keep work consistent within and between groups — a big bonus for quality assurance and control.
The QGIS Lessons Plugin should help lower the barrier to getting to know open source — which is at the core of our mission for Boundless Desktop.
The plugin is available to all paid subscribers and to students.