Training Event offered by 


Geographic Free/Open-Source Software


October 20-24, 2014

Genoa, Italy


Scope of the training event

Starting from the basic knowledge, the course aims to provide the tools to effectively manage different typologies of spatial data through free available, multiplatform and open source Geographical Information Systems, like QGIS and GRASS. Topics will cover geomorphological analysis, geoprocessing, GeoWeb services, advanced methods of data interpolation, watershed analysis.Examples from marine dataset and MPAs management will be included. The course is opened to a wide audience but the next generation of MPAs managers and monitoring specialists in different fields are particularly welcome. 


Participation is limited to maximum 20 very motivated people. No previous experience is required in GIS, but a certain familiarity with maps and positioning systems is appreciate. Each has to bring his/her own laptop computer, whatever operating system MacOS, Linux or Windows.



Organization commitee

Bianca Federici, University of Genoa

Roberto Marzocchi, Gter srl Innovazione in Geomatica, Gnss e Gis

Tiziano Cosso, Gter srl Innovazione in Geomatica, Gnss e Gis

Maria Federici, Gter srl Innovazione in Geomatica, Gnss e Gis



Day 1
- GIS and numerical cartography introduction
- Coordinate System, OGC standards and libraries (OGR, GDAL and proj4),
- Introduction to QGIS (with individual practice exercises)
- GeoDatabase introduction


Day 2
- GRASS introduction
- Vector and raster re-projection with GRASS and QGIS
- Raster ? Vector / Vector ? Raster conversion: GIS command and critical review
- Vector digitizing with QGIS (individual practice exercises)
- Digital Elevation Models (typology, source of data, etc.)


Day 3
- Introduction to geoprocessing and join
- Geomorphological analysis with GRASS and QGIS (with individual practice exercises
- geoprocessing / join / field calculator with QuantumGIS (with individual practice exercises)


Day 4
- GeoWebservices - Introduction and use of WMS/WFS in GRASS and QGIS
- Interpolation of data (with individual practice exercises) (eventually also of LIDAR data)
- Watershed analysis using GRASS (with individual practice exercises)


Day 5
- Print a project with QGIS / export and image with GRASS
- GRASS basic modules for statistical analysis
- Georeference a raster image using QGIS or GRASS


- Optional argument:
a) image classification with GRASS(with individual practice exercises)
b) creation of webgeoservice with Geoserver (with individual practice exercises)

Lesson time: 9-13 / 14-18

Coffee break mid-morning and mid-afternoon



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Tiziano Cosso
Tiziano is an innovator and champion of evidence-based navigation systems technology and has more than ten years' working experience in the Geomatics field. After studying Environmental Engineering at the University of Genoa (UNIGE) he went on to take a Ph.D. in Geodesy and Geomatics from the same Institution, attained in 2009. With commercial interest growing in this area Tiziano founded together with other members of the academia, Gter srl. (Innovazione in Geomatica, GNSS e GIS) spin-off of the Engineering Faculty of UNIGE. He is currently holding the position of the CEO. He is responsible for implementing training seminars of Gter.



Roberto Marzocchi
Roberto holds a degree in Civil Engineering gained in 2008 and his final year dissertation project is related to hydraulic engineering and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). He continued his education by accomplishing a Ph.D. in Geosciences at the University of Lausanne. During his Ph.D. studies, he was also working at the Institute of Earth Sciences (SUPSI) of Lugano. Since January 2012, he's been responsible for the research and development sector in Gter srl spin-off of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Genoa (UNIGE). He has also participated in numerous training GIS seminars organized by Gter and the University (USI, SUPSI, UNIGE).


Roberta Fagandini
Roberta got her master's degree in Landscape Architecture in March 2011 at the University of Genoa, Faculty of Architecture. During her studies, she approached the use of Open Source GIS software applied to environmental analysis and then she improved her knowledge taking part to training courses and an internship at Edmund Mach Foundation – Research and Innovation Centre, San Michele all'Adige, Trento, Italy). Since the end of the studies, she works as GIS consultant within geographic information systems and analysis of components of landscape using Open Source GIS software. Now she's working as a GIS Specialist at Gter Srl. (Innovazione in Geomatica, GNSS e GIS) spin-off of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Genoa (UNIGE).


Bianca Federici

Bianca Federici is assistant professor in Geomatics at the Polytechnic School of Engineering of the Genoa University. She teaches Applied Geomatics and Numerical Cartography and GIS at the Genoa University and at professional courses. Her research concerns either monitoring of territory or structures through the integration of survey techniques (traditional, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), photogrammetric and laser scanner) and analysis of spatially distributed data with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and DataBase Management System (DBMS), for territory management.





Gter srl Innovazione in Geomatica, Gnss e Gis

Via Greto di Cornigliano 6r

16152 Genova


Registration and fees


Application form to be sent to


The course costs 500.00 (+VAT if due* = € 610.00) per person. This does not include travel costs, accommodation and meals.


* VAT exemption allowed only for European funding (ex art.72 d.p.r. 633/1972)


Payment should be made ​​by bank transfer to:


Gter srl Innovazione in Geomatica, Gnss e GIs
c/o Banca CARIGE spa
COD. ABI 06175
COD. CAB 01420
C/C 000002455580
IBAN IT62 O 06175 01420 000002455580


Important dates

Registration deadline: 15th September, 2014

Cancellation deadline: 20th September, 2014


Contact information

Gter secretariat (for technical issues and payments)

Gter srl Innovazione in Geomatica, Gnss e Gis
Via Greto di Cornigliano 6r, 16152 Genova (Italy)



Travel and accomodation info

Accomodation suggestion

Although the Gtr seat is in the suburbs, it is easily accessible from the center of Genoa with the metro stop "Brin". Therefore we suggest you find accommodation near the "Porto Antico", metro station "San Giorgio", where several opportunities for the dinner and enjoy the downtown can be found. Cheap accommodations here could be:

Hotel Best Western Porto Antico Genova 

Hotel Cairoli

More information can be found at the followinf links

Genoa airport

Railway stations

Bus and Metro (,8.9120273,15z)




Course organization

For the course a the OsGeo Live Virtual Machine will be available and is strongly suggested for students who normally use Windows OS. References:

Student who commonly use linux or MAC OS can use directly their PC. No or only low experience is requested with command line. All the GRASS exercise are conducted using the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of GRASS.
Slide / geographical data etc. will be available online using the e-learning moodle platform

Using the same platform a forum space will be available also after the end of
the course for any type of answer.

Quantum GIS



MMMPA - Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement no.: 290056.

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