7. Using Quantum GIS (version 1.8.0.)

This section provides a brief hands-on tutorial as an introduction to Quantum GIS (QGIS) and shows examples of how open source GIS can be used instead of proprietary software for the same research applications as demonstrated in the previous chapter. QGIS is licensed under the GNU General Public License (http://www.gnu.org) and is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (http://www.osgeo.org). This tutorial is based on QGIS version 1.8.0. “Lisboa” that was the latest stable release at the end of 2012 and runs on the 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Detailed information about QGIS, its functionalities, and the installation procedure on different platforms is well documented on the project website (http://www.qgis.org) and in the manual to version 1.8.0 (QGIS Development Team, 2013).

7.10. Map creation