Automating map production in QGIS - online
Dr Rob Berry
16/09/2021 - 17/09/2021
Run by WISERD/Cardiff University online
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This course is running over two mornings (09:30 - 12:30). Participants will learn how to automatically generate a batch of multiple maps from a single map layout template in QGIS, using the QGIS Atlas tool. Anyone who uses QGIS to produce maps is likely to have the need to create a series of maps of the same theme for multiple regions / points of interest. The ‘manual’ way of approaching this is to set-up a different map design template (QGIS Print Layout) for each geographical feature (e.g. region or point) in the database, but this can be a time-consuming and error-prone process, and multiple maps cannot be easily updated if changes to the design are required. The Atlas-based method requires only one map layout per theme, which has major advantages for improving the speed and quality of map production in certain circumstances – is it not always the optimal solution, and the limitations of this approach will be highlighted during the session.
During the course, participants will work on two different case studies to develop their map automation skills using QGIS Atlas:
The course covers:
By the end of the course participants will:
The course materials are developed for the current (as of 25/02/21) Long Term Release (LTR) version of QGIS (version 3.16). Participants will need to download and install this software prior to the session. Additionally, Excel (or equivalent spreadsheet software) may be used for manipulating tabular data. Data may need to be downloaded prior to the session – details will be provided to participants in advance.
This course is designed for novice to intermediate level QGIS users who are keen to start exploring some of the more advanced features of the software. The basic requirements are that users are already able to:
It would also be advantageous if participants are comfortable with basic data manipulation in Excel (or equivalent).
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
UK/EU Registered post-graduate students £30. For staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils/UKRI researchers, UK/EU public sector staff, staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions £60. All other participant £100
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Spatial Data Analysis, Geographical Information System (GIS), Geodemographics, Quantitative Software
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