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Initial exploration of QGIS
« on: 20 February 2016, 06:35:18 »
QGIS is a free desktop GIS and I have found it fairly easy to start to use, although it has needed me to have quite a technical aptitude. There is lots of documentation and training, as well as a vibrant community forum - see QGIS useful references.

Thinking about how I might be able to achieve "Mapping requirement example 1" I can see how QGIS can possibly meet most of the requirement:
  • select background maps - this is what QGIS is designed for, with the OpenLayers plugin adding OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, Bing Maps, MapQuest layers and more
  • create a map of pubs - QGIS can easily import any number of layers with any attribute data I choose to give it
  • the GeoReferencer plugin enables me to add in other maps I have
  • adding and displaying date-related information (names and census details) - the TimeManager plugin enables this to some degree
  • adding and displaying photos of each pub - the eVis plugin (for displaying geocoded photographs) enables this to a degree
  • I can create a (limited) web map using the qgis2web plugin - see also this tutorial
However it seemed to end up rather cobbled together, and would considerably stretch my technical ability. I also doubt if the date related aspects would be available in the web map. Of course, being Open Source, there is always the possibility of development to add and adapt features more to our needs - but that would need serious programming.

I had a further look at QGIS in the context of OpenGeo Suite and am impressed with what it can achieve. It is much better integrated with GeoServer for the layman than MapServer. There are however some key issues of training and support needed to make it usable by less technical one-placers, due to the complex nature of mapping.

Recognising that I have only spent a few hours looking at this, I would be grateful if anyone with experience of QGIS could add a more informed view.
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