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I was wondering if anyone knows of a free WMS of imagery that I could use within QGIS. The imagery does not have to be high resolution (Blue Marble even). I would like to have a base imagery feed from a WMS.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks...

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You didn't specify which topic your WMS Feed should cover, but have a look a the website mapmatters.org. They have a very extensive database with WMS servers connections that you can query.

Also the Openlayers plugin provides nice background images from Google Maps, Bing & Co.

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  • ideally, I would like to have a WMS imagery feed that covers the whole globe. But at a minimum, North America would be great. Feb 18 '13 at 15:48
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As Curlew stated in their answer, up the openlayers plugin. between bing mapping and google maps on this you basically have most areas with aerial photography.

i asked previous

Digitizing from OpenLayers Plugin in QGIS, or create raster?

See this for saving the images and removing the need to load the entire globe.

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You may use the USGS WMS:

Here are the links for their aerial 1ft and 1m service (note, sometimes they are down):

The National Map - Service Endpoints

* USGS 1 foot imagery - http://raster.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/services/Orthoimagery/USGS_EROS_Ortho_1Foot/ImageServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS

* USGS 1 meter imagery - http://raster.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/services/Orthoimagery/USGS_EROS_Ortho_NAIP/ImageServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS

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You can get various WMS imagery layers for British Columbia (landsat, spot, ortho) from DataBC. You didn't specify a geographic location.

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