[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [Live-demo] Has anyone written a "How do you XXX with Open Source GIS?"

Nathan Woodrow madmanwoo at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 02:26:05 PST 2011

I know this wouldn't be for new people to GIS but I plan on writing
something on my blog for this kind of thing. For people that
are interested in QGIS but currently using MapInfo, like I did.   Kind of
like: This in MapInfo = This in QGIS

- Nathan
- http://woostuff.wordpress.com/

On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 8:14 PM, Cameron Shorter
<cameron.shorter at gmail.com>wrote:

> Below, Frank has done a great job asking the exact sort of question that
> new GIS users ask, and which we as an OSGeo community should address to
> attract new users.
> What has been done so far toward building a FAQ on "How to you XXX with
> Open Source GIS?"?
> Frank wrote:
>> Not only am I new to the forum, but
>> I'm new to GIS work in general.
>> I downloaded the Live CD and installed it on a virtual machine and it's
>> working great. I'm trying to build a suite of GIS tools I can for the
>> various
>> tasks I have to do at work and it's great having so many products right
>> in front of me. It's highly quality work and I appreciate all the hard
>> work to pull it together.
>> What would be really helpful to me (and possibly other new-to-GIS folks
>> like myself) is a FAQ-type list of questions with app answers. For
>> example:
>> Do you want to edit shapefiles? Try xxx, yyy, zzz.
>> Do you want to style shapefiles? Try ...
>> Do you want to work exclusively with raster files?
>> Do you need to work simultaneously with raster and vector files?
>> Do you want to convert one file into one another format?
>> Do you want to convert raster to vector?
>> Vector to raster?
>> Vector to another vector?
>> etc.
>> If there were a couple dozen questions with short answers it would really
>> supplement the disc quite well.
>> For instance, I'm trying to figure out how to convert a raster (binary
>> GRID) file into a shapefile. I dink around in the various programs on the
>> CD, but I don't know if I just can't find the "convert raster to vector"
>> option in a particular app or if it isn't there at all. A short little
>> Q&A text file would be nice to help at least focus my initial search
>> a little bit better. At the least I (hopefully) would be pointed to the
>> best choices for my purpose.
>> Hope this makes sense!
>> Frank
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