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I'm using QGIS.

How can I create a shapefile consisting of a grid 0.5° latitude and 1° longitude in size?

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

use the MMQGIS plugin, after installing you find it in qgis 1.8 under plugins--mmqgis. select create --create grid layer and enter the appropriate valuesenter image description here

for h spacing and v spacing select 1 or 0.5 (instead of 10 in my screenshot)

hope this helps

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MMQGIS-plugin is availabel via official user contributed plugins pyqgis.org/repo/contributed, but you may also take a look at the pugins homepage michaelminn.com/linux/mmqgis. this is an extrem useful plugin! – Kurt Jul 26 '12 at 10:13

Another option is to use the built-in Vector Grid tool. ( Vector -> Research -> Vector Grid )

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