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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.
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Learning QGIS Third Edition
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Checking for topological errors and fixing them

Sometimes, the data that we receive from different sources or data that results from a chain of spatial processing steps can have problems. Topological errors can be particularly annoying, since they can lead to a multitude of different problems when using the data for analysis and further spatial processing. Therefore, it is important to have tools that can check data for topological errors and to know ways to fix discovered errors.

Finding errors with the Topology Checker

In QGIS, we can use the Topology Checker plugin; it is installed by default and is accessible via the Vector menu Topology Checker entry (if you cannot find the menu entry, you might have to enable the plugin in Plugin Manager). When the plugin is activated, it adds a Topology Checker Panel to the QGIS window. This panel can be used to configure and run different topology checks and will list the detected errors.

To see the Topology Checker in action, we create a temporary...