Mapping with QGIS

Beyond conventional statistics in data science, there is a whole new world of data analyses for geographic (aka spatial) data.

Luckily, there are excellent tools available to for mapping and understanding geographic datasets.

The QGIS Project is a free, open source software package available to create, display, visualize and share geographic data in the form of beautiful maps.

This page will walk you through the process of installing QGIS and includes a how-to guide for creating your first map!

Installing QGIS in Windows or MacOS: QGIS makes it easy to install their software for free for Windows and Mac. Check out this link ( and make sure to select the “Standalone” Installer for your operating system. After you download the installer, make sure to double click on it and then follow the prompts to install the latest version of the QGIS software.

Creating Your First Map in QGIS: We are hard at work creating our own expert tutorial for QGIS and in the meantime, be sure to check out this official help documentation and free tutorial on making your first map hosted by the amazing team at QGIS!

Saving and Exporting Your First Map in QGIS: Check back soon for our updated QGIS mapping and basic geospatial analysis tutorial!