[Qgis-developer] search and catalog tool

Tim Sutton lists at linfiniti.com
Tue Apr 5 03:23:54 EDT 2011

Hi Barry

Nathan Woodrow has written a file browser plugin (QGIS File Browser).
I think it should be quite simple to add search / filter options to
it. We have also subcontracted out the development of a metadata
editor plugin for QGIS to GIS-LAB (Maxim Dubinin / Alex Bruy & co). In
the future the two tools could be fused some how so that clicking on a
file in the file browser shows its metadata, and that the file browser
can search through the metadata records based on user queries.

The pieces for such functionality are coming together and I think it
wont be long before we have a robust catalogue tool for QGIS.



On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 10:17 PM, Barry Rowlingson
<b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk> wrote:
> Saw this thing on a few blogs today:
> http://freegeographytools.com/2011/search-and-catalog-your-local-geodata-arcgis-users-only
> and of course seeing 'arcgis only' made me think that a similar tool
> that used gdal/ogr and interfaced to qgis (and other mapping packages)
> would be rather good.
> I recall starting to write something similar, but discovered so many
> spatial data sets appeared twice - for example a directory with
> shapefiles in it is seen by OGR as a data set with each shapefile a
> layer, and the shapefiles themselves appear as data sets in their own
> right. I think I stopped there (I'm easily beaten).
>  But I have a vague recall that someone else has worked on something
> similar. Or did I dream it?
> Barry
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