Digital Geography

From Cloud to GIS: Getting Weather Data.

A small bit of effort to improve presentation

Introduction In this post we are going to look at how to get weather forecast data and display it as a layer in a desktop geographical information system (GIS). The tools that you need are: A desktop GIS. I am going to use QGIS (free software) but I have done this with ESRI ArcMap as well A spreadsheet application. I will be using MS Excel but I have also tried this with Softmaker Office and I am sure LibreOffice (free software) will work or indeed any other spreadsheet application The Natural Earth Quick Start data set. This is a collection…

Proud of the Linux world

We are LinuxSometimes I have something to tell, but also need to realize that it is not so easy to explain. How many times have you heard of Linux, or maybe Ubuntu? Probably very often, right? I imagine that the comments were (between you and those who spoke, newspaper or friend who is): “Do I need to delete Windows?”, “It is easy, just if you know to program!” or “but there are problems with the printer…” But what makes me proud is when I ask the question, but you use it for work? The Linux world has had a big leap forward…

The new flickr2qgis plugin for QGIS

Photos fetched by flickr2qgisIn the last week I saw a post on the German ESRI page called GIS-IQ which featured a new widget for ArcGIS which needs you to have the “ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Developer Edition 1.2”. This widget lets you fetch images from flickr and probably show it on the map. I haven’t tried it yet but I thought: lets build something similar for QGIS… so here is my flickr API plugin for QGIS

How a QGIS plugin saved my day: autotrace

3483780One of my favourite horror exercises for students was the digitization of geological maps. Everyone hated it as you need to take of snapping options, correct attributes, and always needed to check with the background map which was most of the times a bad quality scan of an old never-heard-of-this-country geological map. Today I needed to do this work for myself… what goes around, comes around.

The QGIS survey needs input!

QGIS User survey

The free and open source gis QGIS started an user survey on its online webpage. The project needs your input to get the best necessary community information for prioritising future adjustments and developments.

Show your Photos in QGIS and ArcGIS: a small example

images as mouse over in QGISHi guys. Once again I found an interesting question in our Geoscientists group on facebook. One user wanted to show her photos in QGIS as she is it used from Google Maps: See a point, click on it and see the great image you’ve taken on your journey. Unfortunately the most obvious plugins failed to do it in QGIS. So check out our “at least” two usage scenarios for QGIS and ArcGIS where we will handle geotagged photos…

Attention: QGIS 2.10 is coming!

QGIS 2.10Four months ago QGIS 2.8 was released. The Long Term Release will be suppported for the next 2 years. Besides this LTR version QGIS is updated in a four month cycle. So let’s say hello to QGIS 2.10.

Routing in QGIS… with OSM

OSM routingRouting with Google is quite cool as the database/network is probably the best currently available. But the terms of services limit the possible usage. So what about OpenStreetMap? By figuring out how to use OSM for routing I found it much easier to get routes into QGIS with OSM compared to the Google way. Check it out….

The Geography of Tweets: Reading Tweets with QGIS

10.000 tweets in QGISAnita showed some nice examples of tweets in QGIS in 2012. Since then it seemed to be quiet about the twitter-content in QGIS. Yet tweets can be an interesting source of information. Sometimes they can tell you something about the spatiotemporal dimensions regarding a keyword, the digital heartbeat of a defined region and many more. Yet we need to be careful with the data as it is completely biased. But how to get this data stream into QGIS?

Happy B-Day QGIS2leaf

latimes.pngWhen I started to work on QGIS2leaf about one year ago it was a nice idea and my first real dive into Python programming and using the possibilities of pyqgis. So what is the current state and where are we going? Please, come and take a look: Happy Birthday QGIS2leaf!