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Open Educational Resources (OER) by Subject: Geography/GIS

GEOG/GIS OER Textbooks

GIS Course Resources

  • Google Earth Engine (Not OER but free for Educational Use) Google Earth Engine combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities.
  • QGIS A Free and Open Source Geographic Information System. Create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. QGIS has matured into a full-featured desktop GIS platform over the past few years and is a perfect alternative to ArcGIS for those not using Windows, or interested in using Free & Open Source software.'
  • >R-GIS is a non-commercial website and aims to discuss spatial data handling and analysis in R. I provided an introduction to R programming language as well as the materials to learn how to use R for spatial analysis!

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Course Materials

  • Geoscience teaching resources hosted by Teach the Earth (2021, SERC, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
  • Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College (SERC) (2021, SERC, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) The Science Education Resource Center is a grant-funded office at Carleton College, founded to improve education in the Earth sciences and beyond.
  • Critical Geospatial Thinking and Applications (Penn State University) An online 10-week course with lessons and assignments designed to familiarize participants with the transcendent issues, themes, concepts, and applications of the discipline of geography.  It explores the fundamentals of applied geography and provides exposure to spatial modeling and quantitative tools of spatial analysis.   
  • Open Geography Education (Salt Lake Community College) A website dedicated to providing free or open curriculum and resources to anybody who is interested in the geographic world.  Includes e-textbooks and resources from a wide variety of governmental and non-profit agencies.
  • Physical Geography Research Methods (BC Campus) Information and references for sampling, statistics, climatology, hydrology and soil science research methods.
  • Virtual Globe and Atlas (Marble) Desktop, mobile and extensible versions.
  • Earthworks (Stanford, Not OER but free to access & link to)

GIS Resources

Getting Started with Google Earth Engine:

The best quick Introduction to Google Earth Engine is the GEE 101 Series of workshops, created by the Google Earth Engine Developer Team:


More Guides and Quick Starts from Google Earth Engine:

API Tutorials:

Machine Learning in GEE:

GEE Developer's Guide:

 QGIS Tutorials and Tips v1.0

The labor of love of Ujaval Gandhi [@spatialthoughts], a Googler in India. Comprehensive and newly updated for QGIS 3.x, these are the best task-based tutorials for QGIS, out there. Available in more than a dozen translations.

QGIS Tutorials and Tips

a free introduction to geo 

English / Italiano / Español / Svenska / Français / 日本語 / Português / Deutsch / Dutch / Ukrainian / 한국어

Geospatial Analysis, 4th Edition

by de Smith, Goodchild, Longley 

Making Maps for the Web

The NCGIA Core Curriculum

The official reference for this material is: Goodchild, M.F., and K.K. Kemp, eds. 1990. NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIS.
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of California, Santa Barbara CA.

The NCGIA Core Curriculum literature provides fundamental course content assistance for educators as lecture materials. The compilation is not meant to be a comprehensive textbook, but rather several lecture note outlines. 


Content included in the OER by Subject Research Guide by Skyline Library is licensed CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise indicated.