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Learning QGIS - Third Edition

By : Anita Graser
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Learning QGIS - Third Edition

By: Anita Graser

Overview of this book

QGIS is a user-friendly open source geographic information system (GIS) that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows. The popularity of open source geographic information systems and QGIS in particular has been growing rapidly over the last few years. Learning QGIS Third Edition is a practical, hands-on guide updated for QGIS 2.14 that provides you with clear, step-by-step exercises to help you apply your GIS knowledge to QGIS. Through clear, practical exercises, this book will introduce you to working with QGIS quickly and painlessly. This book takes you from installing and configuring QGIS to handling spatial data to creating great maps. You will learn how to load and visualize existing spatial data and create data from scratch. You will get to know important plugins, perform common geoprocessing and spatial analysis tasks and automate them with Processing. We will cover how to achieve great cartographic output and print maps. Finally, you will learn how to extend QGIS using Python and even create your own plugin.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Learning QGIS Third Edition
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Loading data from OGC web services

More and more data providers offer access to their datasets via OGC-compliant web services such as Web Map Services (WMS), Web Coverage Services (WCS), or Web Feature Services (WFS). QGIS supports these services out of the box.


If you want to learn more about the different OGC web services available, visit for an overview.

You can load WMS layers by going to Layer | Add WMS/WMTS Layer, clicking on the Add WMS/WMTS Layer button, or pressing Ctrl + Shift + W. If you know a WMS server, you can connect to it by clicking on New and filling in a name and the URL. All other fields are optional. Don't worry if you don't know of any WMS servers, because you can simply click on the Add default servers button to get access information about servers whose administrators collaborate with the QGIS project. One of these servers is called Lizardtech server. Select Lizardtech server or any of the other servers from the...