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Learning QGIS 2.0

Anita Graser

This book takes you through every stage you need to create superb maps using QGIS 2.0 – from installation on your favorite OS to data editing and spatial analysis right through to designing your print maps.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782167488
Paperback110 pages

About This Book

  • Load and visualize vector and raster data
  • Create and edit spatial data and perform spatial analysis
  • Construct great maps and print them

Who This Book Is For

This book is great for users, developers, and consultants who know the basic functions and processes of a GIS but want to know how to use QGIS to achieve the results they are used to a full-fledged GIS.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with QGIS
Installing QGIS
Running QGIS for the first time
Introducing the QGIS user interface
Chapter 2: Viewing Spatial Data
Loading vector data from files
Dealing with coordinate reference systems
Loading raster files
Loading data from databases
Loading data from web services
Styling raster layers
Styling vector layers
Loading background maps
Chapter 3: Data Creation and Editing
Creating new vector layers
Working with feature selection tools
Editing vector geometries
Using the measuring tools
Editing attributes
Reprojecting and converting vector and raster data
Joining tabular data
Chapter 4: Spatial Analysis
Clipping rasters
Analyzing elevation / terrain data
Raster calculator
Converting between rasters and vectors
Accessing raster and vector layer statistics
Creating a heatmap from points
Vector geoprocessing with Processing
Automated geoprocessing with the graphical modeler
Chapter 5: Creating Great Maps
Advanced vector styling
Designing print maps

What You Will Learn

  • Installing QGIS
  • Getting comfortable with the QGIS user interface
  • Loading vector and raster data from files, databases, and web services
  • Creating, editing, and visualizing spatial data
  • Performing geoprocessing tasks
  • Automating geoprocessing and spatial analysis tasks
  • Creating advanced cartographic output
  • Designing great print maps

In Detail

QGIS is a user friendly open source geographic information system (GIS) that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows. The popularity of open source geographic information systems and QGIS in particular has been growing rapidly over the last few years. More and more companies and institutions are adopting QGIS and even switching to QGIS as their main GIS.

Learning QGIS 2.0 is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with clear, step-by-step exercises that will help you to apply your GIS knowledge to QGIS. Containing a number of clear, practical exercises, this book will introduce you to working with QGIS, quickly and painlessly. If you want to take advantage of the wide range of functionalities that QGIS offers, then this is the book for you.

This book takes you from installing and configuring QGIS, through handling spatial data to creating great maps. You will learn how to load and visualize existing spatial data and how to create data from scratch. You will perform common geoprocessing and spatial analysis tasks and automate them. We will cover how to achieve great cartographic output and print maps. You will learn everything you need to know to handle spatial data management, processing, and visualization tasks in QGIS.


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