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File Geodatabase (*.gdb) support in QGIS?

Following questions: Open Source Tool capable of reading Esri File Geodatabase (.gdb)? How to access file geodatabase in Qgis? How to get FGDB support in GDAL 1.9 without compiling? I have spent ...
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How to build effective heat-maps?

Using ArcGIS, QuantumGIS, Grass, and/or GVSIG What are some of the tools and processes involved in building effective heat maps? What are the plugins involved? What are the major data requirements? ...
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Where to find QGIS tutorials and web resources?

I wish to familiarize myself with the capabilities of QGIS. I have downloaded the program, but apart from basic loading of data, I am lost (even after reading the help file). Can you recommend me ...
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How to add Basemaps from Google or Bing in QGIS?

Like ArcGIS Desktop has the option of using basemaps from ArcGIS online, does QGIS have any such options?
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QGIS and gvSIG comparison

Many debutant GIS users are asking me which one is better QGIS or gvSIG. Since I use Qgis and I don't have any experience in gvSIG, I aways say that both are very nice softwares and the chose is a ...
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How to migrate from ArcGIS for Desktop to QGIS?

Our lab has about 10 projects in ArcGIS 9 (a couple are made in ArcGIS 10) that includes the following in each: A georeferenced (WGS1984 geographical projection) raster seafloor image, representing ...
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How to make a spatial view in PostGIS and add it as a layer in QGIS?

In PostGIS 2.0, what is the most efficient way to create a spatially enabled view that is viewable in QGIS? I followed the context of Part 2 of @Mike Toews answer to this question, and the view ...
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Visualising WKT geometry string in QGIS

A very simple question: Is there a simple tool in QGIS to graphically visualise geometry formatted as text? Example geometry: "POLYGON((571178 6337246,571178 6402217,598061 6402217,598061 ...
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How to generate Tiles with QGIS

Is it possible to generate map tiles from QGIS? I guess QGIS Server must have a way to do it, but is there a way to just generate the tiles and save them to disk? With the new symbology renderer and ...
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How to merge multiple layers to one layer using QGIS?

I've imported several shapefiles which where exported from an Mapinfo .tab. Several tab files are imported resulting in 20+ layers. Afterwards I want to export it to geoJSON; but I'm reluctant for ...
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Generating equal sized polygons along line with PyQGIS?

I would like to create polygons along a line to use them for AtlasCreator in a next step. ArcMap has a tool called Strip Map Index Features. With this tool I can choose the height and width of my ...
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How to smooth a DEM?

I have a SRTM DEM and I want to create a shaded relief from it. I created the shaded relief in GRASS and the result is very nice, but a little rough becouse the area is near flat and the DEM is 90m in ...
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How to clip a raster with vector boundaries?

I am using QGIS. I would like to clip a raster precipitation layer using an admin boundary layer that is vector data. However the geoprocessing tools seem to be usable only for vector data. How can ...
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Get list of coordinates for points in a layer?

I've got a layer in QGIS that is comprised of points. Its attribute table doesn't have (show) the corresponding x and y coordinates for each point. Is there a way for me to extract a list of ...
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How to style beautiful road maps with QGIS?

I am trying to design a beautiful map using Qgis. As I'm a software developer not a designer, I was hoping that this will be easy, but it isn't! There is a similar question here Qgis tutorials and ...
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How to install a QGIS plugin when offline?

Due to various IT policies at my workplace, QGIS is installed on a machine that is not connected to the internet. I wish to install a couple of QGIS plugins on this system. I have downloaded the ...
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Removing small spaces (slivers) between polygons?

I have a set of polygons representing administrative districts. The districts were digitized by hand, and there are small spaces (slivers) between polygons where the polygons should be touching. How ...
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Identifying clusters in vector point data using QGIS?

I have a vector dataset of rural broadband data-points (how fast, etc.) and I'd like to explore if there are clusters of points with similar characteristics, and to plot polygons encompassing them. ...
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Converting ArcGIS (*.mxd) file to QGIS (*.qgs) file?

I recently tried to use QGIS and I wondered if you can convert a draft ArcGIS map (*.mxd file) into a QGIS project (*.qgs file). This would avoid thematize the entire project.
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How to calculate polygon areas in QGIS?

Hi I would like to simply calculate areas of a area-shape file in square meters or in acres (ha). I didn't find that functionality in the vector tools. Could anyone here help me with that?
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How do I create point features with exact coordinates?

How do I create point features with exact (manually entered) coordinates in QGIS? I get precise GPS coordinates from a survey team which I need to add to a point layer. What I want: -Add point, type ...
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How to generalize a polygon file and maintain topology in QGIS?

I have a polygon Shapefile, which I need to generalize. How can I generalize the poligons and ensure that there are no topological errors like "slivers". I already tried: Vector -> Geometry Tools ...
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How can I calculate the average width of a polygon?

I'm interested in examining the average width of a polygon that represents the road surface. I also have the road centerline as a vector (which is sometimes not exactly in the center). In this example ...
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Is there any model builder in QGIS or other open source GIS?

Like the ModelBuilder of ArcGIS for Desktop to run simultaneous geoprocessing tools, is there any model builder available in QGIS or any other open source GIS software?
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How to calculate terrain Curvature?

I have an elevation raster and I would like to get some basic terrain variables, such as slope, ruggedness, aspect or curvature. The problem is that I don't seem to have the possibility to calculate ...
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What's the relation between QGIS and GRASS?

I have been working with GIS and remote sensing in an university and professional environment some ten years ago (ArcInfo etc), so I have some experience even though somewhat outdated Right now I am ...
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Gravity/Huff model tools

I am looking for a way to simulate a gravity model using a point-based layer. All my points are assigned a z-value and the higher this value, the larger is their "sphere of influence". This influence ...
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How can I switch line direction in QGIS?

Something that is hopefully pretty easy. I would like to be able to swap the direction of a polyline/line in QGIS. I made a custom tool to do this in MapInfo a couple of years ago, however I can't ...
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How do I load OSM vector data in QGIS 2.x?

In QGIS 1.8 I used the openstreetmap plugin to request data from the server, or open a .osm XML file, which produced 3 layers (polygons, polylines and points) in QGIS. This was great (give or take the ...
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What do I need to know, to develop a plugin for QGIS?

I wish to develop a simple plugin for QGIS, which will open some data, and some specific processing. I have quite a it of development experience with ESRI's Arcojects, but haven't developed with QGIS ...
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How to draw perpendicular lines in QGIS?

I have a situation like this: What I need to do is to connect each point to every line that is at most, let's say 200 m, away from the point. In other words, I need to draw a perpendicular line ...
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How to interrupt contour lines beneath elevation labels (instead of using label buffers)?

Is there a way to interrupt a contour line beneath an elevation label?
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How to easily edit attribute data using Regular Expressions?

I am writing a tutorial for MSc students that uses QGIS. One of the tasks requires the attribute data to be modified (see pdf draft of tutorial here if interested ). The question is how to get them ...
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How to define new custom projections in QGIS?

I'm trying to define a projection in QGIS. I want to add North America Albers Equal Area Conic. From the spatialreference site I copied the proj4 line: +proj=aea +lat_1=20 +lat_2=60 +lat_0=40 ...
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What does the adoption of Python by NVIDIA for GPGPU mean for GIS?

Today NVIDIA announced support for the Python language on its flavor of GPGPU (CUDA). Manifold GIS uses CUDA to enable some accelerated raster operations but it is not a programmable environment and ...
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Joining non-spatial CSV file to spatial data (shapefile) using QGIS?

I have a CSV file which has postcode data in a field, but it is non-spatial e.g. no Easting and Northing. I have a shapefile with postcode in a field and some additional data. I want to join the ...
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Creating a small web-mapping/map-tiling service

I am looking for a small-scale and easy way to present one or more polygon shapefiles online (on a municipal website without any existing map-server infrastructure, to be precise). Right now, I'm ...
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Can QGIS open KMZ files?

I know I can add KML files once I have unzipped the KMZ files, but is there a way to open KMZ files directly? When I try to open a kmz file on QGIS 1.8.0 on Windows XP, through the all files filter, ...
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How to convert .shp into .gpx using QGIS?

I'm newbie using QGIS. I would like to convert .shp into .gpx. So, using Qgis, I open my shapefile and I tried to "save as" gpx but it gives an OGR error: creation of field ObjectId failed (OGR ...
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How to access file geodatabase in Qgis? [duplicate]

How does one access data from an Esri file geodatabase in Quantum GIS? I've seen snippets of conversation that indicate it's possible with qgis 1.7+ and gdal 1.9+ but no clear recipe. I recognize ...
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How to install QGIS on Ubuntu 12.04?

Has anyone had any luck with getting QGIS working on Ubuntu 12.04? I have tried the stable and unstable versions and with not luck. I also get the following: "Some packages could not be installed. ...
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Does QGIS have the equivalent of ArcGIS's Layer (*.LYR) file?

Using ArcMap, it is possible to add a dataset (eg a shapefile) to the map, and configure the layer's properties (such as the symbology, table joins, switching some attributes off in the Identify ...
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Obtaining print quality PDF or PNG output from QGIS?

I work with people who use ArcGIS Desktop and they have found the best resolution output images are made by creating PDFs. They tell me that *.png and the rest out of ArcGIS Desktop are not ...
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How to convert KML to shapefile without losing attributes using QGIS?

I'm new to QGIS and all geoinformation itself but have to work on some difficult stuff. I have a KML file with hundreds of points. To each point there is information, such as Name, Power, Age (it's a ...
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How to rename attributes/fields in a shapefile attribute table?

I would like to rename some fields in my attribute table: Like rename XRF_N3in something else. It seems quite a easy issue but I don't find any information about how can I do that... I've QGIS 1.8 ...
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How to import a DWG into a QGIS project?

I have a lot of DWG files like base map, and water and wastewater network. I am lookin for the principal steps to import my files into my QGIS project.
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Is there a way to render lines with a smooth (bezier) curves in QGIS?

I am moving from creating maps with Illustrator to making them with QGIS and actual data. One of the things I haven't been able to re-create in QGIS are the smooth curved lines I can get in ...
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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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Is it possible to make a 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 find this creating a dem from contours but ...
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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 ...