How-To and Education Resources

The pace of change in geographic information system (GIS) technology and applications is often difficult to keep up with. The resources linked below are good starting points for learning more about GIS, whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced user with specific questions.

Training and Support

GIS Concepts and Practices

List of GIS software

Basic Comparison of GIS Software

Introduction to GIS (from QGIS)

Introduction to GIS Fundamentals

How to Learn GIS resources from GIS Lounge

FOSS4G GeoAcademy Curriculum

GIS @ Tuft's Tutorials (comprehensive)

GIS Manual (Paul Cote, comprehensive)

Common Design & Engineering Operations

Software & Platform Focused

ESRI (ArcGIS) Training Offerings

QGIS Training Directory

QGIS Training Manual

QGIS 3 for Absolute Beginners (video)

PostGIS Documentation


GIS @ Stack Exchange


How-To Videos

VTGeospatial (VCGI) Videos

A collection of videos and playlists are available at VTGeospatial (VCGI) on Youtube, including playlists on using QGIS, and using the VT Open Geodata Portal.

ANR GIS Videos

A collection of videos and playlists are available at VTANRGIS (VT Agency of Natural Resources) on Youtube.

VTransTV Videos

A collection of videos and GIS data-related playlists are availabl eat VTransTV (VT Agency of Transportation) on Youtube.

ArcGIS Pro Tutorial Videos

Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne of UVM has put together a playlist of 30+ videos of ArcGIS Pro tutorials that cover everything from getting started to establishing domains to vector geoprocessing to image analysis. Check back on the linked Youtube playlist for periodic updates.

Other Videos

Other Youtube accounts provide free and useful how-to videos, such as HarvardCGA, a GIS Basics playlist, a QGIS 3 for absolute beginners video and a playlist of QGIS tutorials.

Professional Development


UNH Geospatial Technologies Training Center - the GTTC offers courses around NH and VT

OSGEO - The Open Source Geospatial Foundation

URISA - Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA - New England Chapter)


Vermont's Biennial GIS Conference, changing in theme and hosted by VCGI. Next Edition: Late Spring 2020. Last Edition: GeoDatSci 2018.

FOSS4G - Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial

NEARC - Northeast Arc Users Group

ESRI User Conference

ESRI Developer Summit

Education Programs

Geospatial Technologies (GST) at the University of Vermont - Here you will find information on getting started using geospatial technologies, accessing software, finding data, selecting courses, obtaining technical help, learning about research projects, and more. (Burlington, VT)

Northern Vermont Universitysearch course listings for GIS (Johnson / Lyndon, VT)

St. Michael's College - Geography Program (Colchester, VT)

Middlebury College Geography Department manages four laboratories that support digital cartography, geographic information systems, and remote sensing. The dept. offers an introductory GIS class and an advanced GIS class, as well as opportunities to participate in research and other projects. (Middlebury, VT)

Vermont Technical College - Offers Intro to GIS courses (Randolph, VT)

Northeastern UniversityWe are a fully online program and only the 2nd online program to be USGIF accredited. (Boston, MA)

Clark University M.S. in Geographic Information Science for Development and EnvironmentClark’s STEM-designated Master’s in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment (GISDE) is a joint program between Clark’s International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE) and Graduate School of Geography. (Potsdam, NY)

Syracuse University’s online Master of Science in Library and Information Science program. (Syracuse, NY) Data librarians are increasingly relevant to GIS practitioners. Take a look at an overview of their relationship, which also provides a glossary of GIS terms, software, and example guidance to perform common GIS tasks.

National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence - a great website that includes a map showing the location of Geospatial Technology educational progams and containing information abotu GIS career pathways.

URISA Listing of Colleges and Universities Offering GIS Programs

UNIGIS - UNIGIS is a worldwide network of educational institutions which offer distance learning courses in GIS. Institutions within the UNIGIS network offer internationally recognised qualifications for GIS professionals and those seeking to enter the field.

Vermont Center for Geographic Information
133 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-0210
Email VCGI

Tim Terway, Helpful GIS Professional
(802) 585-0820

John E. Adams, Director
(802) 522-0172

VCGI is your source for the State of Vermont's geospatial data, information, and activities.