I'm trying to use a publicly available data set (the Australian National Vegetation Information System) in QGIS, but it has been set up for use in ArcGIS (.lyr file).

I tried to convert the file using http://wald.intevation.org/projects/arcmap2sld/ but kept getting an error saying it was an unsupported file type.

I can open the individual data layers directly in QGIS, however, there doesn't seem to be any coherency to the way the data layers are named, and hence I'm not sure what the differences between them are, or whether I'm using the appropriate one for my project.

Can anyone recommend another approach for using the data in QGIS and/or advise on how to interpret the data package?

Before asking I reviewed:

  • this article on the difference between .lyr files and .qlr files, and
  • this question about converting .lyr files

I also looked at the slyr tool, but couldn't figure out how to install it (sorry, newbie here!)

  • gis.stackexchange.com/questions/24300/… has more information. Apparently it has to be done in ArcGIS desktop. Do you have access to ArcGIS, or know anyone who does? – Michael Stimson Oct 23 '18 at 5:49
  • I just downloaded the National Vegetation Information System (NVIS) Version 5.1 - Australia - Key Layer for the Sources of Present (Extant) Vegetation Data, shapefile dataset and found that the .lyr file is pointing to a file geodatabase not the shapefile that is included - that could be the source of your error... the object the layer points to doesn't exist! They also reference fields that don't exist! – Michael Stimson Oct 23 '18 at 5:57
  • My advice is to forget the ArcGIS layer files, even the fGDB layers are too complex: symbology referencing a many-to-one relate with a table that is provided as a separate download.. load the shapefiles in QGIS, attribute join to the lookup table and make your own symbology; their scale is dark green to cream, no outline, on this product which is nothing fancy. – Michael Stimson Oct 23 '18 at 6:15
  • Possible duplicate of Adding Layerfiles (.lyr) to QGIS? – Jochen Schwarze Oct 23 '18 at 6:19
  • On the surface @JochenSchwarze it seems so but there are complications in the layers that the layer to SLD tool will not deal with. – Michael Stimson Oct 23 '18 at 6:37

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