I'm using QGIS 1.8.

I have a csv file with a list of nature reserves and their coordinates, and there are 10 columns such as 'birdwatching', 'scenery', etc with either 'yes' or 'no' under each for every nature reserve.

What I need to do is display all this as best I can on one map, and since most of the reserves have more than one attraction I figured the best way to do that is with the pie chart function.

When I add in all the attribute fields ('birdwatching', 'scenery' etc) all that I get is empty circles.

I've been playing aroud with settings but can't figure out how to make it work.

  • can you add a screenshot which shows a sample of your CSV file to get an idea about your fields and attributes – Moh Mar 26 '18 at 15:37
  • I see two different questions here. One, which I answered below, is how to make your data work with pie charts. The second question is how best to display your data, which is a broader and more subjective question. If you want some help with the second question, try posting a new question with the 'cartography' tag. – csk Mar 26 '18 at 19:49

The pie chart function requires a numerical input.

Use the Field Calculator to add a numerical version of each field, replacing each 'yes' with 1 and each 'no' with 0.

enter image description here enter image description here

Generate pie charts using the numerical fields instead of the text fields.

enter image description here

  • I just noticed that your question was about QGIS version 1.8, while I use 3.0. I don't have the older version to test it on, but I think this will still work. – csk Mar 26 '18 at 20:15
  • I'll try this tonight and see if it works! Thank you! – Stephanie Sinclair Mar 27 '18 at 9:54
  • Apparently 'this layer does not support adding new provider fields. You can only add virtual fields". Any idea why this might be? – Stephanie Sinclair Mar 27 '18 at 18:10
  • My guess is because it's a csv file. You can save a copy as a different file type and work from the copy. Or use virtual fields, which should be fine for this purpose. – csk Mar 27 '18 at 19:19

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.