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

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 02:14:53 PST 2011

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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