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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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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 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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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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How to georeference a vector layer with control points?

I have a non-georeferenced vector layer that I need to be georeferenced. With raster layers the task is easy and straightforward, but I have no idea what should I do with my vector layer. I have a few ...
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How to display geoJSON from an URL in a layer?

I am looking for some type of plugin or code which would allow me to add a geojson URL, define the areas to input the lat/long variables from the visible Qgis canvas map and call/render the results ...
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How to check Topology in QGIS?

I have two Shapefiles with Polygons ( City and Forerst) Is there a Plugin who is able check the topology (QGIS)? Like "Knots do not overlap" or something like that? I dont want that they overlap. ...
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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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Is it possible to create Thiessen polygons around nodes in QGIS?

Is it possible to create Thiessen polygons around nodes in QGIS? e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram
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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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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 can I parallelise embarrassingly parallel GIS operations in QGIS python?

A common requirement in GIS is to apply a processing tool to a number of files or apply a process for a number of features in one file to another file. Much of these operations are embarrassingly ...
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Open a GeoJSON file with QGis

If I have a GEOJson file, for example a file named test.js with inside the following: { "type": "FeatureCollection", "features": [ { "type": "Feature", "geometry": {"type": "Point", "coordinates": ...
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From polygon to continuous measure of diversity?

First of all; I have tried to find a similar question, without success. Maybe it's because I'm quite new to GIS and I don't really know what exactly I'm looking for. If someone points me to a similar ...
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How to render a table with mixed geometry types in QGIS?

I created a table with geometry type "GEOMETRY" AND inserted data of point, line and polygon type. My question is how to show this spatial data Qgis not supporting for geometry type "GEOMETRY".
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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 get FGDB support in GDAL 1.9 without compiling?

I was hoping that I could use the 'master' (nightly-build) version of QGIS to get fgdb support without compiliing (I'm not a developer and frankly have wasted days of productive time trying to get ...
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What is the standard Mercator projection?

I'm using QGIS in order to re-project a shapefile I have into "Mercator" so that something like protoviz understands my co-ordinates. Protoviz tells me "Mercator" ...
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How to produce high-resolution DEMs from new Sentinel-1 data?

This is a general question relating to the new Sentinel-1 data. I'm interested in the potential for using this data to create high resolution DEMs in GIS (I use QGIS), to investigate archaeological ...
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Is it possible to take automatically a “screenshot” of my selected feature in QGIS using Python?

I am implementing a tool which allows the user to create a profile of a feature (in my case urban parcels). Is it possible to automatically take a screenshot of this feature (displayed in a QGIS ...
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Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python?

Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python? I'd like to write a script to do some geoprocessing, and I'd like to use the clip, regular points and convex hull tools in fTools, as well as the Road ...
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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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How to find the buildings (polygons) a user can see from a given location (point) and orientation (angle range)?

I would like to retrieve the set of buildings I can see from a given location (point -lat,lng) and orientation (interval of angles) + certainly with a given depth (e.g. 100 meters). Ideally I would ...
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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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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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What is the best way to represent bridges using a point vector layer in QGIS?

I'm working on a hiking/biking maps of trails in the woods which sometimes have bridges that need to be shown on the map. I'm trying to figure out the best way to capture and represent them using QGIS ...
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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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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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Automated detection of tracks

Given an area with depressions in open area from; say all terrain vehicles driving on soft surface. The vehicles will cause parallel depressions (paths) of about 10-20 centimeters in depth and around ...
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How to build a minimum convex hull crossing the 180 degrees line?

I've been building convex hulls for species that inhabit the Indo-Pacific (~ from 20 to -65 degrees of longitude). The problem I've encountered is that for the species that can be found on both sides ...
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Is it possible to edit layers from a FGDB - File Geodatabse in QGIS?

I think I've found the answer (you can't edit FGDB's) but there seem to be few reports around that it is possible to edit FGDB files in QGIS. Can anyone advise if it's possible to setup QGIS ...
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How can I improve my Georeferencing results?

Background This is my second question related to georeferencing naked raster maps in order to re-visualize them on different coordinate systems and in conjunction with other data layers. The previous ...
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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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Tutorial on how to model flooding using data from gauging stations along rivers in QGIS?

Can someone please direct me to a tutorial where I can learn more about how to model flooding using data from gauging stations along rivers using QGIS?
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Understanding QGIS buffer tool units?

I have been trying to figure this out for a couple weeks now and have had no luck getting the buffer tool to accept anything but degrees as units of measure. I have found lots of stuff saying the ...
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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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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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QGIS users - What plugins do you consider to be essential?

The title says it all - vector, raster, geoprocessing plugins?
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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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Is it possible to show our custom message in QGIS Status bar using python?

Is there any way to show our custom message in Qgis Status bar using python? Just like in arcgis "IApplication.statusbar.message(0) = "Please wait..." like that is there any option to show ...
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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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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 split non-contiguous feature in QGIS?

I have a shapefile with a feature that is non-contiguous. I want to split the areas on the left from the area on the right. However, QGIS's Split Features tool requires you to draw a line over the ...
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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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Import GRASS and SAGA modules to python script

I'm new at this. I am "building" a python plugin for qgis and I want to import modules from GRASS and SAGA but I don't understand how to do it. The plugin I want to import is Kriging interpolation ...