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Discover QGIS 3.x - Second Edition

A Workbook for Classroom or Independent Study

by Kurt Menke

PDF $34.99
430 pages
ISBN (Print) 978-0986805257
ISBN (PDF) 978-0986805240
Published 2022-08-01 

Explore the latest Long Term Release (LTR) of QGIS with Discover QGIS 3.x!

A comprehensive updated workbook built for both the classroom and professionals looking to build their skills.

This second edition is a major update to the original Discover QGIS 3.x title published in 2019. Since 2019, there have been 10 new QGIS releases, three of which were long-term releases. It is designed to be used in a classroom setting or by GIS professionals looking to build their skills.

It introduces the QGIS interface and covers: basic GIS concepts, spatial analysis, modeling, data creation and editing, cartographic design and data visualization.

With improved processing, streamlined workflows, support for point cloud data, development of the Temporal Controller, and improved symbology options, it is an exciting time to be learning QGIS!

The improvements in QGIS 3.x allows this Second Edition of Discover QGIS 3.x to be roughly the same length as its predecessor and cover many more features.

You will find clear learning objectives and a task list at the beginning of each chapter. Of the 31 exercises in this workbook, 7 are new and 8 have seen considerable updates. All exercises are updated to support QGIS 3.26.

Among the 500 new screenshots, this edition includes new figures showing the layout of each GUI. There are also more thorough descriptions of many features, for instance, blending modes.

This book has five parts and 424 pages:

  • Introduction to Geospatial Technology
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Data Acquisition and Management
  • Cartographic Design
  • Advanced Data Visualization

Exercises include:

  • An Introduction
  • List of tasks
  • A list of clear learning objectives
  • Helpful tips
  • Solution files
  • Discussion questions
  • Challenge exercises

What's new in this edition

  • Updated to QGIS 3.26
  • Seven new exercises:
    • Raster Data Analysis
    • Field Data Collection
    • Using the Style Manager & Working with Legend Patch Shapes
    • Automating Print Layouts with Templates and Atlases
    • Working with Labels and Annotation
    • Animating Data with the Temporal Controller
    • Working with Point Cloud Data
  • Many new tasks in existing chapters:
    • Computing Network Isochrones
    • Geocoding Using the Nominatim Geocoding Service
    • Using Layer Notes
    • Applying Layer Effects at the Class Level
    • Creating Elevation Profiles with DEM & Point Clouds
  • Updated Appendices:
    • Coordinate Reference Systems
    • Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Useful Plugins
    • Getting Involved

The book helps you find the information you need for particular tasks using:

  • Cross referenced chapters
  • Clear learning objectives for exercises
  • Updated graphics for QGIS GUI components
  • Fuller explanations for many features
  • A more thorough Index making it easy to find features

For questions regarding this book, please contact: [email protected]

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After running a successful consulting business in the USA, Kurt recently moved to Denmark, where he works for Septima P/S.

He is a spatial analyst, cartographer, educator, author and OSGeo Charter Member.

Kurt is a leading international QGIS author, recently authoring Discover QGIS 3.x and QGIS for Hydrological Applications with Locate Press.

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