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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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Leveraging the power of spatial databases

Another approach to geoprocessing is to use the functionality provided by spatial databases such as PostGIS and SpatiaLite. In the Loading data from databases section of Chapter 2, Viewing Spatial Data, we discussed how to load data from a SpatiaLite database. In this exercise, we will use SpatiaLite's built-in geoprocessing functions to perform spatial analysis directly in the database and visualize the results in QGIS. We will use the same SpatiaLite database that we downloaded in Chapter 2, Viewing Spatial Data, from (4 MB).

Selecting by location in SpatiaLite

As an example, we will use SpatiaLite's spatial functions to get all highways that are within 1 km distance from the city of Firenze:

  1. To interact with the database, we use the DB Manager plugin, which can be enabled in the Plugin Manager and is available via the Database menu.


    If you have followed the Loading data from databases section in Chapter...