About Art Lembo

I am a Professor at Salisbury University where I teach courses in quantitative geography and GIS.

Great comment from my Geoserver course

I just received this comment from someone taking my Geoserver course.  I was a little nervous because teaching Geoserver is a lot trickier than just teaching a desktop GIS – more things can go wrong, and a student can get really stuck and confused.

This comment from a non-native English speaker, along with so many others, tells me the course is doing the right thing when it comes to getting novices up and running with Geoserver:

Professor for me you are a very gifted teacher who knows how to inspire students. I followed every lessons/videos with passion and full of energy, the reason is you know how to structure the subject matter that you are teaching and presenting it in a very simple and easy to follow way, the same is true in your teaching about Geoserver. Even though as you said teaching about Geoserver is your tricky, but I didn’t see that. It is so professional, for me there is no difference from the rest of your other courses that are highly inspiring and motivating. I am very satisfied with this one.

If you want to try the Geoserver course, or any other course, at a steep discount, you can get all the coupon codes from this post.

Current Course Offerings


There are now 12 online gisadvisor.com courses for learning GIS, and with the coupon codes accessible through the links below, you can get any of them for $30 or less – you have to click on the links to get the price that is listed.  Where else are you going to find comprehensive online courses in statistics and geography, enterprise GIS with Postgres, Internet mapping with Geoserver, spatial SQL with PostGIS, Manifold GIS, and spatial data processing with GDAL?  Click on each course to see the course summary, course syllabus, and sample free lectures,  and the outstanding student reviews:

Big Data Analytics with GIS ($30) Evebdaryone is talking about big data and GIS, but is anyone really doing it? In this course you’ll work with gigabytes of data to solve many different spatial and data related questions. All the software is free, but don’t let that fool you: we’ll be using the most effective open source products like Postgres and QGIS, and we’ll even perform parallel processing with Manifold Viewer – I hope you have a multi-core computer to see how fast this stuff is!  There aren’t many people actually doing big data analytics with GIS – this is your chance to be one of the few.

SQL_Server_Logo_svg-620x350Manage Spatial Data with Microsoft SQL Server ($30) – Are you a Microsoft SQL Server user who wants to learn about spatial data analytics?  Or, are you a GIS professional stuck in a rut of only knowing how to use a GIS GUI? This course is designed to teach you how to write SQL to replicate many database and GIS tasks using Microsoft’s SQL Server. As one of the most widely used database technologies in the world, SQL Server is a prime candidate for leveraging spatial data.  We will start at a very basic overview, and then proceed to more advanced topics related to GIS.


Introduction to Radian Studio ($30) – Do you want to learn how to perform sophisticated analytics and management with big data in both spatial and tabular form? Do you want to find a way to integrate Oracle, SQLServer, PostgreSQL, and other enterprise systems within a single environment? Do you have massive amounts of spatial data in disparate databases? If so, then you’ll want to learn how to use Radian Studio.  Radian Studio is a new 64-bit, parallel spatial engineering solution that blends geospatial and traditional data capabilities within a single, all-inclusive product.

qgisLearn GIS with QGIS ($30) – Are you new to GIS?  Do you want to learn how to analyze spatial and attribute data?  Or, maybe you are already experienced with GIS, but want to get up-and-running with QGIS.  Either way, this course is a great introduction to GIS concepts, and will also show you how to use one of the most popular free and open source GIS products: QGIS.  In this course, I’m going to teach you how to use QGIS to perform GIS tasks to solve spatial problems. Working alongside me you will be introduced to the QGIS interface, and you will then engage in real-world projects to use QGIS for solving vector, raster, and database problems. And for those of you looking to learn how to present cartographically aesthetic map products, I’m going to show you how to use the QGIS Composer applications.  Finally, after being introduced to the basics of QGIS, working on some real world problems, and making your final maps, I will show you how to put your spatial data on the Internet for the world to see.

Internet Mapping with Geoserver, Postgres and PostGIS ($29) – Do you want to learn how to build an Internet Map Server application using free and open source GIS? Do you want that server to display raster, vector and attribute information and perform spatial analysis and database queries over the Internet? Do you want to learn how to connect your map server to Postgres and PostGIS. If so, this course is for you. I will walk you step-by-step through the process of installing Geoserver, loading data, creating server side analytical processes, and finally show you how to render the data on the client side using Openlayers 3.0. Don’t be afraid – this is a painless step-by-step approach that anyone can learn with my course. When you are done with this course, you’ll have the basics down. Now it’s up to you to create impressive Internet mapping sites!

Enterprise GIS with Open Source Software ($29)- One of the most popular and comprehensive courses I’ve put out.  In this course, you’ll learn how to implement a multi-user, multi-software enterprise GIS using QGIS, Postgres, and PostGIS.  You’ll also learn how to connect other software products like PGAdmin, Manifold GIS, and you’ll even write python scripts to access the GIS data from outside the application.   The student feedback from this course has been fantastic, as it is giving students a skill that not many people in the GIS field have.

Spatial SQL With PostGIS  ($29) –  While the Enterprise GIS class will give you some exposure to SQL, this class is fully devoted to teaching you how to write SQL and particularly spatial SQL.  After this class, you’ll be a power user of SQL and wonder why you didn’t start writing SQL sooner!  Like all gisadvisor.com courses, you’ll work alongside me while we make our way through the material.  Each link above will take you to the respective course, and also includes a coupon code within the link, making the course under $30 – a real steal for hours of technical content.  The links will let you view the course syllabus and even watch a few of the lectures for free.

pythonPython for Geospatial ($25) – This is not like most online programming courses in GIS.  Rather than focusing on one product, we are going to look at several ways to perform GIS analysis with Python.  You’ll start with a refresher in Python to review the basic, and then move into integrating different Python packages to interact with Postgres and PostGIS, mathematical libraries, and Microsoft products.  From there, you’ll start solving GIS problems using Arcpy and also integrate those solutions with other Python libraries for charting and display. Imagine, running GIS analysis with ArcPy and then taking those results and performing statistical analysis with Excel and Numpy, and then presenting the results on the Internet in the form of a dashboard – all in a single Python script!!  You’ll finally end with performing more GIS based analysis with Python where you’ll geocode addresses using Python packages.

Introduction to Manifold GIS 8  ($30)– This course is one of the most popular gisadvisor.com training video, enabling users to get up to speed with Manifold GIS very quickly.  There are over 100 topics covered, and the course is similar to a two-day training class.  The only difference is, when you want to slow things down, just rewind the video and watch it again.

Introduction to GDAL ($10)– The Geographic Data Abstraction Library is one of the jewels of the open source community, allowing you to process huge amounts of raster and vector data.  In this course, you’ll learn how to issue commands and write scripts to manipulate raster and vector data with the GDAL command line.  Before you know it, you’ll be writing batch scripts to perform real world GIS processing. Finally, you’ll end by creating an Extraction, Translate, and Loading (ETL) tool with a single GDAL command (some people pay thousands of dollars just to complete this task!).

Introduction to Manifold GIS Scripting ($29) – Do you want to learn how to automate tasks in Manifold GIS?  This is a “2 day” training course in customizing Manifold GIS 6.5 with VBScript.  You’ll not only learn how to write VBScript to automate tasks, but you’ll also learn how to interact with an object model API which will help you in other programming tasks you might have with any other object oriented programming language.

An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography:  by J. Chapman McGrew, Jr., Arthur J. Lembo, Jr., Charles B. MonroeStatistical Problem Solving in Geography ($30)- This class will walk you through each chapter of my textbook An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, along with the lecture notes I use in my course. It is designed specifically for geographers. So, the course isn’t really a math course, but an applied course in statistics for geographers.  You can also think of this course as a personal tutoring session. I will not only go over each chapter, teaching you statistics, but will also work side-by-side with you to use statistical software to recreate examples in the book so that you know how to actually perform the statistical analysis.  At the end of this course you will know how to apply statistics in the field of geography and GIS. And many of my students who were initially intimidated by statistics, find they actually love this subject, and have chosen to refocus their career on quantitative geography.


New site, new method of teaching

It has been awhile since I’ve done anything with the gisadvisor.com site.  I was waiting for a new release of Manifold GIS.  For now, that will have to wait.  So I have moved the gisadvisor.com site over to wordpress, as I think it provides a better layout, and gives me more opportunity to express ideas.

The other reason for the change is because gisadvisor.com training has now moved to an online format!  I have chosen to use Udemy.com as a Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver course content.  Hosting the course online will allow students to have an better experience in their learning, and allow me to keep the costs very reasonable.

The first course I’m rolling out is Using Open Source Tools to Create an Enterprise GIS.  This is a brand new course where I will walk users step-by-step into creating their own Enterprise GIS from scratch, using PostGRES, PostGIS, QGIS, and python.  You can read more about the course by selecting the Courses menu at the masthead on the top of the page.

New courses are getting ready to roll out.  One idea is to recreate the older gisadvisor.com videos to work within the Udemy format.  Another option is to just plow ahead and create new courses from scratch.  The first two I have planned are Spatial SQL: A Language for Geographers, where I will teach students how to write basic and advanced spatial SQL in PostGIS, and An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography: Private Tutoring, where I will provide private lectures on each chapter in my textbook An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography.

Before you purchase any gisadvisor.com course, make sure to check here for coupon codes: Udemy allows the authors to offer coupons and thus avoid a 50% – 75% surcharge on the course materials.  The coupon for the Enterprise GIS class is:


That takes the cost from $85 down to $60.  Udemy will market my course to others at the full price, but for friends and family, I can offer a discount.  However, even at $85 it is a great deal: where else will you actually have the opportunity to build your own enterprise GIS?

gisadvisor.com training

gisadvisor.com provides expert video training services and consulting for using Manifold GIS and selected Open Source GIS tools.  In addition, gisadvisor.com performs consulting activities for many Manifold users throughout the world, enabling users to more efficiently use Manifold GIS.

udemyCurrently, the gisadvisor.com courses are being migrated to online delivery through the Udemy Learning Management System (LMS).  With the Learning Management System you will have a learning experience like an online course, and all courses have a discussion board where you can interact with other students.

In order help the many users getting started with Manifold GIS (or those users upgrading from previous versions), gisadvisor.com created training courses that will guide you through hands-on training exercises focused on the major GIS concepts supported in Manifold.

 Our training is used by hundreds of companies all over the world.