Map making for linguists in QGIS – Doctoral Schools Training BantUGent

Maps are an important visualization tool for linguists. However, most linguists are not trained in and thus not able to design professional maps. QGIS is opensource mapping software that enables its users to plot features, create data points, or redraw existing maps. For researchers that work with little known languages, software like QGIS is vital in providing reliable maps when there are often none available.


To this end, Matthew Sung (affiliated with the Leiden University Centre of Linguistics and the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities) taught several QGIS workshops at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy from 21 May – 23 May 2024. Participants will also apply the software to their own data. The introduction session was run twice on 21 May and 22 May. Each session could have up to 20 participants. The advanced session was  run once on 23 May and had availability for 15 people. Registration closed on 15 April 2024.


As this event was financed by the Doctoral School of UGent and the Flemish Government, doctoral students were given priority during registration. If PhD students participated in the introduction session, it  counted as a transferable skill course. If PhD students participated in both the introduction and advanced session, it counted as a specialist course. Evaluation for PhD students were based on attendance and active participation.

The organizer was Nina van der Vlugt ( See below for the program.