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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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In this chapter, you learned how to load spatial data from files, databases, and web services. We saw how QGIS handles coordinate reference systems and had an introduction to styling vector and raster layers, a topic that we will cover in more detail in Chapter 5, Creating Great Maps. We also installed our first Python plugin, the QuickMapServices plugin, and used it to load background maps into our project. Finally, we took a look at QGIS project files and how to work with them efficiently. In the following chapter, we will go into more detail and see how to create and edit raster and vector data.