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QGIS Python Programming Cookbook, Second Edition - Second Edition

By : Joel Lawhead
Book Image

QGIS Python Programming Cookbook, Second Edition - Second Edition

By: Joel Lawhead

Overview of this book

QGIS is a desktop geographic information system that facilitates data viewing, editing, and analysis. Paired with the most efficient scripting language—Python, we can write effective scripts that extend the core functionality of QGIS. Based on version QGIS 2.18, this book will teach you how to write Python code that works with spatial data to automate geoprocessing tasks in QGIS. It will cover topics such as querying and editing vector data and using raster data. You will also learn to create, edit, and optimize a vector layer for faster queries, reproject a vector layer, reduce the number of vertices in a vector layer without losing critical data, and convert a raster to a vector. Following this, you will work through recipes that will help you compose static maps, create heavily customized maps, and add specialized labels and annotations. As well as this, we’ll also share a few tips and tricks based on different aspects of QGIS.
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QGIS Python Programming Cookbook - Second Edition
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Geolocating photos on the map

Photos taken with GPS-enabled cameras, including smartphones, store location information in the header of the file, in a format called EXIF tags. These tags are largely based on the same header tags used by the TIFF image standard. In this recipe, we'll use these tags to create locations on a map for some photos and provide links to open them.

Getting ready

You will need to download some sample geotagged photos from and place them in a directory named photos in your qgis_data directory.

How to do it...

QGIS requires the Python Imaging Library (PIL), which should already be installed with your installation. PIL can parse EXIF tags. We will gather the filenames of the photos, parse the location information, convert it to decimal degrees, create the point vector layer, add the photo locations, and add an action link to the attributes. To do this, we need to perform the following steps:

  1. In the...