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Creating DEM from contours in QGIS?

Is it possible to make a DEM from contours in QGIS? I have a shp file (contours) and their heights, can I use QGIS for produce a DEM without using GRASS? I found this creating a dem from contours ...
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How to run a simple python script for QGIS from outside (e.g. Sublime Text)?

I would like to run a few small and simple python scripts for QGIS (Mac) from "outside" of QGIS. With outside I mean in this context, either the normal os command line (terminal.app) or even better, ...
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Hand drawn sketchy symbology styles for GIS software

Often times in planning projects, a hand drawn, sketchy look is desirable in order to convey the preliminary nature of a project. Is anyone aware of any utilities/plugins for desktop GIS software ...
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Optimal video cards for GIS programs

I recently purchased a Dell XPS-8300 (i7-2600|16 GB DDR3 RAM|64-bit Windows7) which I intend to use primarily for GIS programs. I bought a refurbished model because it was much cheaper and because I ...
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Python literature relevant to QGIS

Python for ArcGIS is a book that I have been looking at. Does anyone know if this would be applicable in QGIS? I am not looking to write application/plugins, simply get better at understanding ...
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How to determine the centroid of polygons?

I have a polygon vector and I want to quickly attain the centroid of this polygon for insertion in a text document. I am working with QGIS. I searched through other questions and although some are ...
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A SQL console in QGIS

I know QGIS comes with its field calculator, which is not bad. It also comes with ftools which permits several operations on geometry and attributes. But we often need more control and I haven't seen ...
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Joining attributes from nearest point in QGIS?

I have two layers with points, call them A and B, each with different attributes. For each point in A I want to join all the attributes from the nearest point in B. Ideally this would also include ...
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What's the status of Postgis 2.0 topology support in QGIS?

Having followed the Postgis developments over the past 6 months I have noticed a bunch of features which seem to be incredibly cool especially in the area of topologies and associating calculations on ...
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Is it possible to generate a boustrophedon pattern which fill a vector Region with GRASS?

Is it possible to generate a boustrophedon pattern which fill a vector Region with GRASS? I have a vector region in GRASS. And I would like to generate a vector (a polyline) being the bostrophedon ...
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Displaying numbers of single band raster layer in QGIS without additional vector layer?

I wonder if there is a raster symbolizer in QGIS with a label option, that renders the cell values as labels of single band raster layer, a scalar field. The standard raster symbolizer dialog in ...
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Output formats for QGIS Heatmap plugin not appearing in drop-drown in Ubuntu

I've been trying to use the heatmap plugin on QGIS (2.8.2) on Ubuntu(14.04) but the drop down for the output formats doesn't get populated. Selecting the drop-down allows me to press OK on the ...
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Generate points that lie inside polygon

I have polygon feature and want to be able to generate points inside it. I need this for one classification task. Generating random points until one is inside the polygon wouldn't work because it's ...
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Creating shapefile showing footprints of Rasters?

I have around 1,000 satellite images in tiff format, and I want to create a shapefile which will serve as an index to the rasters. This is something similar to a raster catalog, but I do not want to ...
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What should QGIS course for advanced ArcGIS Desktop users cover?

I will build a 16 hour (2 day) course on QGIS for ArcGIS users. The target users that breathe and sleep ArcGIS. As we're trying to reduce our costs, we're thinking of switching some people to QGIS and ...
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How to create contiguous area cartograms in QGIS or R?

Here is what I want to achieve (on the right): I am looking for a tool or a method to transform a shapefile (with QGIS or R) into this form. And please be aware: It's not just clipping a hexagonal ...
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Voronoi polygons that run out to infinity

I have been working on implementing the voronoi.py script (Bill Simon's translation of Steve Fortune's code). According to the QGIS link it is basically the same code that I am working with, but the ...
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Can we create views over a raster table in Postgis2.0?

Is it possible to create PostgreSQL views over a table that contains raster data? I have succeeded in creating the view but the entry in raster_columns is not correct (all the raster info is ...
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Changing CSV layer attribute value from text to number in QGIS?

I read in a CSV file for linking to a .shp file. All the variables that are just numbers came in as text. How do I change the text variables to numeric in QGIS?
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How to buffer in pyQGIS?

I'm looking for some examples to do simple python scripts in QGIS. How would I do a buffer analysis on a dataset? I can't seem to find much in the manual and QGIS python that quite matches the Esri ...
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How can I join several raster files using QGIS?

I'm new to QGIS. How can I combine multiple raster layers into one layer? The raster images are of different areas with very little overlap. The goal is to bring numerous town plats into one project. ...
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How can I iterate over map layers in QGIS python

I'm having trouble figuring out how to iterate over map layers. I can access the currently highlighted layer in the table of contents via iface.activeLayer() but I want my code to operate on all ...
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Visual Impact Assessment in QGIS or GRASS

Is it possible using QGIS or GRASS to perform a Zone of Visual Impact assessment? E.g. where can a 100m high structure be seen at a viewing height of 1.8m within 30km, taking into account elevation ...
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How to Add OSM Layer to QGIS

How can i add OSM layer in QGIS? The help says there is an OSM plugin i can use. But i don't see it the list of plugins. Or maybe there is a WMS URL for OSM i can use? QGIS version ...
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How to create svg symbols that have modifiable fill color, stroke color and stroke width?

I want to create some svg symbols for Qgis using Inkscape, those symbols must have attributes as described in the question. For the last two days, I have been experimenting as instructed by Sourcepole ...
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Can I transfer custom QGIS settings from one computer to another?

Can I export custom general settings from my QGIS installation to a file so that I can transfer the settings to QGIS on a different computer? Does QGIS have them already saved to a file located ...
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Creating Thiessen (Voronoi) polygons using lines (rather than points) as the input features?

I have a set of line features inside a particular polygonal boundary. For each line, I'd like to generate a polygon inside which every possible point is closer to the given line than to any other line ...
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Can the new Mapbox Vector Tiles be used as a QGIS basemap?

With the implementation of the mapbox vector tiles begs the question of how these could be used as a basemap in a QGIS printed map (assuming anyone cares about printed maps anymore!). To use OSM data ...
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Can QGIS preserve layers when exporting to PDF?

In ArcMap, when you export data to PDF it preserves the layering within the PDF so that you can turn on/off individual map layers (within the PDF itself). When I export from QGIS to PDF, I don't ...
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How can I merge/collapse nearby and parallel road lines (eg. a dual-carriageway) into one single line?

I have a shapefile from OSM which contains all the roads within a city. Larger roads (like dual-carriageways) seem to have 2 parallel lines. I'd like to collapse / combine those into 1 line so I can ...
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How to create a QGIS Installer for Windows with GUI customization?

I'm trying to build a custom QGIS installer for Windows with a stripped down GUI. I customized the GUI using the customization function of QGis and saved it as a .ini file. The question now is: How ...
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How to do kernel density estimation with a physical barrier/ boundary in QGIS?

Does anyone know of a programme that will allow kernelling that takes a boundary into account in its calculation rather than simply masking areas that are impossible? So far I have found: GME add on ...
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Why is the performance speed between ArcGIS and QGIS so different?

Ok I am not a programmer but a prolific GIS user. I know that QGIS is written in C++ and ArcGIS in ??? but for most of my tasks lately I always try to use QGIS not only because it is free but due to ...
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Is the term “Quantum GIS” trademarked?

We need to link to Quantum GIS on a major official website. My legal department asks me if "Quantum GIS" is trademarked. Is it? Thanks -- Alex
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Which topics are essential for a crash course in QGIS?

What topics do you think are essential in a 25-hour "crash course" introduction for Quantum GIS? What topics do you think are nice extras to be included in such a course? Target audience: Zero or ...
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Where to start learning how to make maps with QGIS?

I have no skills in GIS, "map-making," or any other map program. Been a county planner for 25 yrs, where there was always a "drafting" staff. I'm in another agency now and need to be able to produce ...
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How to smooth/generalize a polygon in qgis

Is it possible to smooth or generalize a polygon in qgis? Ìs there a plugin available like the generalizer-plugin for lines? I could convert my polygons to lines, smooth them and convert them back to ...
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What are data visualization and analyses pros/cons of QGIS over ArcGIS for Desktop?

Many of my colleagues use GIS on a very sporadic basis for simple data visualization and basic analysis (clipping, buffering, etc.) and I am hoping to transition these non-core GIS people to QGIS so ...
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Is there an automatic function in QGIS to package all files in a project for transferability?

In my project, I use a lot of geodata from different directories. Now I want to give the QGIS project to a colleague (eg on a CD). Is it possible to copy the shapes from different directories ...
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Is there a way to manually place labels in QGIS?

Is there a way to manually place labels in QGIS? I have a map which has almost-duplicate labels in some places (e.g. E 1st St and 1st St) and I'd like to remove some of them. Also, I'd like to move ...
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How to snap lines to points automatically?

I have two vector shapefiles: One file is points representing manholes and the other is a polyline file representing pipes leading to and from the manholes. I need to snap the lines within a ...
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Need a spatial database that can be used by QGIS and R

I'm quite new to QGIS and I'm searching for a simple way to create a Database that allows me to use the tables in QGIS and R. I have a lot of data stored in Excel spreadsheets wich will be used for ...
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How to create equidistant points in QGIS?

I am trying to create points (new layer) at specific distance along the road (existing layer) in QGIS. This gives solution for ArcGIS. How to achieve this in QGIS? This one explains how to create ...
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How to calculate Network Service Areas in QGIS?

Is there any way in QGIS to apply service area buffers e.g if I have a point on a map I wish to show the service coverage of 1 mile, 2 mile, 3 mile, breaks using the road network?
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What's the best way to produce a density map from weighted points in QGIS?

I'd really like to repeat the functionality of the ArcGIS Kernel Density tool - how could I do that? I would like to limit answers to easy-to-install free-and-open-source software – i.e. QGIS ...
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Zigzag Line Symbol in QGIS

I'm looking for a zigzag line symbol in QGIS. Is there perhaps an easy way to do this that I'm missing? I have tried creating a marker line using a simple triangle marker (^) and adjusting the size of ...
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Feature comparison between QGIS and ArcGIS for Desktop [closed]

I am learning to use QGIS and ArcGIS for Desktop but I cannot find the differences between them. What are the differences between the capabilities of QGIS and ArcGIS for Desktop?
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How to convert a vector layer to raster?

In qgis in the raster menu there is an item "convert vector to raster". This behaves strangely - I do not understand how it is supposed to work. I can select a vector file, an attribute and an ...
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How to overcome field truncation when converting OSM to shapefile with QGIS?

I am trying to convert an OpenStreetMap file into a shapefile, but I am having problems with the "tags" field being cut-off after 80 characters. With QGIS 1.4, I use the OpenStreetMap plugin to 'Load ...
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Merging adjacent polygons in shapefile that has been split at tile boundaries?

I'm currently using building data from the Ordnance Survey Vectormap District and I've noticed that a lot of building polygons are split in 2 because of the way the OS split up the shapefile. This is ...