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How to sort by multiple fields at the same time?

Is it possible to sort multiple fields at the same time in QGIS? For example, I'd like to sort a table by state name, and then within each state, sort by county name. This would be the same as the ...
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How to create text labels with background boxes?

I'm trying to create some custom labels for point features in a QGIS point vector layer, and I want to write a python plugin to do it. We need our labels to be presented with color tinted rectangles ...
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How to load Ordnance Survey OpenSpace in QGIS?

The version of gvSIG that I have on my Android tablet will load OS OpenSpace layers and I wonder whether or not it would be possible for QGIS desktop to do the same? And if so, how? I have my own ...
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Database versus Files for Solo Developer

I'm just getting started in GIS and am interested in using it to create maps of mountain biking trails in my area and nearby. I've been learning QGIS and have made enough progress to generate a decent ...
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How to do hydrological modeling in QGIS?

Can someone please direct me to a tutorial where I can learn more about hydrological modelling? I am particularly interested in learning how to model flooding using data from gauging stations along ...
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How do I make a heat or Choropleth map that uses polygons in QGis?

I've been playing around with the heatmap plugin for QGIS and I am wondering if it is possible to make heatmap with using a similar plugin/tool that uses polygons as well as points? I would like to ...
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Running QGis from flash drive

How can I setup a portable QGis to run from a flash drive / USB-Stick? In the userguide for QGis 1.7 Wroclaw there is only mentioned the option of "--configpath". But to me it is not clear how to deal ...
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Is there an automatic function in QGIS to package all shapefiles 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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shp2kml license expired, looking for free solution

So I work for a small African non-profit. I do all the GIS and data work. Most of the layers I create, I convert to kml layers so my boss can then use them quickly and easily in Google Earth. But now ...
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Is it possible to manually correct a raster DEM (OpenSource)?

Is it possible, to correct a raster DEM by changeing the raster-cell-values manually, like by "painting"? My DEM (ASTER) have one small error where the elevation is about 300m below the actual ...
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How do I calculate the latitude and longitude of points using QGIS?

I'm trying to figure out how to calculate the lat/long of points using the QGIS field calculator. Is there an easy way to do this? I saw a previous related question, but it deals with a more advanced ...
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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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Is it possible to export GeoPDF from QGIS?

Is their any plugin for QGIS which would help me in exporting the map document as a GeoPDF ?
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How to perform Raster Reclassification in QGIS?

Is there a way to do reclassify a raster image to Qgis? In Arcgis you can do that in Spatial analyst Tools-->Reclass-->Reclassify Any ideas?
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Is there a way to add system date in print composer?

Is there a way in the Print Composer of QGIS to create a label that will automatically update the date (systems date) instead of having a label that you have to manually have to update?
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How to identify duplicate attributes in a field?

I have a point shapefile with thousand of points. It has an ID code field that supposed to be unique. Every now and then the data entry clerk wrongly type the id creating duplicates.Right now I'm ...
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How to buffer a line with different distances for left/right sides

How can I buffer a line in QGIS using one attribute for the left side of the line and one attribute for the right side of the line? I am trying to buffer a river with its bank width, which is ...
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How to convert fake donut holes in polygons to real ones?

I have this problem where I have to import shapefiles into our system which must be geometrically valid, but the software that everyone uses to produce them seems to output files where every polygon ...
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How to join external tables with a shapefile's attribute table in QGIS?

I need to join a .csv table into an attribute table of a shapefile. I wanted to do this with QGIS and i don't seem to find anyway of doing it. I know that the mmqgis plugin does it, but my shapefile ...
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Is there a way to add a “current user” label to the print composer?

Is there a way to add a current user label to the print composer in QGIS. I thought there might be something similar to the $CURRENT_DATE format available. This would be in a windows environment.
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How to perform repetitive tasks in QGIS?

I am trying to do a treatment on many feature files, so I would like to automate it. In fact, I have one shapefile with the spatial distribution of some species, and one with vegetation type. I ...
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Contours: Interrupt contour lines beneath a elevation number

Is there a way to interrupt a contour line beneath a elevation number? Thanks!
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Open-source software for managing terabytes of different formats of geospatial data?

I have a problem that I am sure many GIS Teams or Departments have which is how to find, keep track of and manage multiple different datasets from multiple sources. I have read the responses from a ...
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Is there a detailed description on the .qgs file structure somewhere?

Is there a detailed description on the .qgs file structure somewhere? I checked here: http://mrcc.com/qgis.dtd ("The requested URL /qgis.dtd was not found on this server.") and here- ...
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How can I map a matrix of origins and destinations in QGIS?

I have a central point on a map, and I have other points in a separate layer (the location of a venue, and the origin cities of the venue visitors). Is there a plugin which would generate output ...
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How do you display related records in QGIS?

Coming from an esri background I have always used relationship classes in a gdb to display records related to a feature. Eg. Relate 1 survey point to many documents, photos etc. Does any one know how ...
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PyQGIS file lock release

I was wondering what triggers the release of file locks in pyQGIS? I am trying to delete a few data sources (used temporarily) by calling QgsVectorFileWriter.deleteShapeFile, but I have to quit QGIS ...
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How to add Direction and Distance to attribute table?

anyone who can help. i just want to add direction (Bearing: i.e N 25 35 E) and Distance (Length: 125 meters) as my new field in polyline/line data. is there a plug-in to generate these fields? i tried ...
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How to update file locations in QGIS projects?

I don't know if there is an answer to this question, aside from the obvious. I have about 30 different QGIS Project files for 30 different clients. Each is saved onto my computer and all their ...
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How to change a CSV layer attribute value from text to number?

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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Can I add an ArcToolbox tool to QGIS?

I have been using a publicly available tool in ArcGIS called SPreAD-GIS. It is a series of python scripts that are "implemented as an ArcGIS toolbox" (with tbx file). I am new to QGIS. Is there a ...
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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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Print out the properties of the attribute table in qgis?

I have to merge a lot of shapefiles into one great shapefile. So I want to compare the properties of the attribute tables to see if there are differences between the tableproperties of each shape ...
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How to import coordinate data from excel into QGIS?

I have an excel file containing data collected over many years as latitude and longitude coordinates for archaeological sites - how can I import it into QGIS as a new layer?
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What are common methods for converting raster digital elevation data to vector contours?

In researching this I have found many references to the opposite, creating elevation data from contours, but nothing regarding contour creation. Preferably, I am looking for open source solutions like ...
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Is there a SVG symbol library for qgis?

Im currently using default simple symbol capabilities or dingbat fonts for point objects. Is there maybe a SVG symbol library for qgis that is a bit more extensive than that which is included? I've ...
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How to only show labels for an arbitrary selection of items?

I'm curious how others go about solving this problem: You've created a map for something with a large number of features that are labeled. The customer/client asks that you only show labels for X, Y ...
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Can QGIS read an ODBC connection?

I have a co-worker who manages a large MS Access database that contains X & Y fields for various locations he tracks. We have previously exported the data to CSV and used the QGIS Delimited Text ...
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Are there open-source alternatives to ArcGIS online that can be hosted on my own server?

I know this might be too broad topic. But I am looking for web-GIS portal similar to ArcGIS online that is self-installable (configurable) to be hosted in my private server. The main features should ...
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How do you protect your PostGIS credentials when using QGIS 1.7?

I'm fairly certain this should be a community wiki, but I don't know how to make it one. So if an admin sees this please change if appropriate. So.....How do you protect your PostGIS database data ...
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Developing GIS Application on Android

Is there any Open Source GIS Software for Android in which we can perform Various Geoprocessing Operations (like Buffering,union and intersection) and that should be customizable eg: what we do in ...
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How to copy attributes from one polygon layer to another?

I have a problem that I can't seem to get my head around. I have two polygon layers: Polygon A - is a subset of polygon B with the same fields and has identical polygons to Polygon B Polygon B - has ...
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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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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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Multicriteria Analysis : how to?

I have to do a multi-criteria analysis to answer the question : "which is the best lot to develop". A few of the criterias are : distance of the nearest bus stop (point layer with bus stops) ...
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Derive WGS84 Longitude & Latitude from British Northings & Eastings

I'm looking for a fairly simple way to append columns with WGS84 longitude and latitude to a table containing northings and eastings. The source data is Ordnance Survey's CodePoint Open, which I is ...
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How to programatically check for a mouse click in QGIS

I want to know how to check for a mouse click in QGIS. I am trying to write a python plugin and want to provide functionality similar to the "Select Single Feature" tool that already exists in QGIS. ...
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How to enable projection transformation in QGIS

My QGIS project has two layers, one layer is retrieved by Google layer plugin which fetches the static Google map image whose CRS is +proj=merc +lon_0=0 +lat_ts=0 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +a=6378137 +b=6378137 ...
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How to control Image Output Settings in QGIS?

I am exporting a QGIS map to an image format. I would like to have control over the output settings of the image (dpi), as currently it is only exporting the images at 96 dpi. Does anyone know if this ...
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Why are some columns not recognized as numeric even though I have a CSVT?

I have problems importing a .csv file. Some Values of the file are not supposed to be formated in text style, but in number style, thus i created an additional .csvt file like explained here. Both ...