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I'm using QGIS.

How can I create a shapefile consisting of a grid 0.5° latitude and 1° longitude in size?

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use the MMQGIS plugin, after installing you find it in qgis 1.8 under plugins--mmqgis. select create --create grid layer and enter the appropriate valuesenter image description here

for h spacing and v spacing select 1 or 0.5 (instead of 10 in my screenshot)

hope this helps

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Another option is to use the built-in Vector Grid tool. (Toolbar menu: Vector → Research → Vector Grid):

Vector Grid window

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