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6th QGIS UK user group meeting in Edinburgh

The 6th QGIS UK user group meeting in Scotland is happening on the 3rd November 2016.  It is being hosted by the EDINA University of Edinburgh at the Informatics Forum and is sponsored by thinkWhere, Ordnance Survey, Angus Council and Cawdor Forestry.  Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

The almost final programme of presentations and lightning talks is as follows:

  • Phil Taylor (CEH) – How deep is your loch?
  • Fiona Hemsley-Flint – QGIS server
  • University of Edinburgh – packaging and deploying QGIS
  • Anouk Lang – Mapping narrative: QGIS in the humanities classroom
  • Art Lembo (Salisbury University, MD) – terrain analysis with massively parallel processing techniques (embarrasingly so)
  • Neil Benny (thinkWhere) – finding the heart of Scotland / viewshed analysis
  • Tom Chadwin – qgis2web and coding a QGIS plugin
  • Pete Wells (Lutra) – WMTS previews and XYZ support
  • Stephen Bathgate – decision support system in Forestry
  • Tim Manners (Ordnance Survey) – Creating an indoor routable network with QGIS and pgRouting
  • Andrew Whitelee – QGIS in forestry/ecology
  • Ross McDonald (Angus Council) – Them thar hills: shaded, textured and blended
  • Michal Michalski (The Origins of Doha and Qatar Project) – DOHA: Doha Online Historical Atlas
  • eeGeo – Using QGIS to create 3D indoor maps

Doors open from 9:00. Registration shortly thereafter. Start and welcome at 9:45 and a planned finish at 16:30. Geobeers to follow.


Agenda for 5th QGIS user group – Scotland

scottish thistleThe 5th QGIS user group meeting in Scotland takes place next Wednesday at the University of Glasgow.  It is being hosted by the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and has been generously sponsored by thinkWhere and Ordnance Survey.  You can find the draft programme of talks and presentations here: 5th-QGIS-user-group-programme

All tickets are now gone but get on the waitlist and you may be lucky.

See you all there!


FOSS4G UK

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There is a FOSS4G UK conference, unconference, workshop, hackathon, code sprint and party happening in Southampton in June this year.  If you are free from the 14th to 16th then this is a fantastic opportunity to come and find out more about free and open-source software for Geo.  Have a look at the OSGeo site (http://uk.osgeo.org/foss4guk2016/) for more information.  If you want to submit a talk and/or workshop then you can do so through the site.  Early bird tickets will be going on sale tomorrow (13 April) and will be available through the site from Eventbrite.


In brief: 4th QGIS user group in Scotland

Another sold-out event with a programme packed with useful, interesting and delightful talks. Fifty seven (57!) folk blew in from all over Scotland through a freezing rain but hot coffee and pastries were waiting in the Informatics Forum at the University of Edinburgh.

First up was an overview the current status of the QGIS project by Saber from Lutra Consulting. It was good for people new to QGIS and open-source to see how the project is organised and run and the direction it is taking. Pete, also from Lutra Consulting, then gave a quick summary of the bits of core functionality they have been working on including the new ruled based labelling system.
The group then split into two for 90 minute workshop sessions on cartographic labelling and advanced Atlas usage – a tough choice! Chris, from Ordnance Survey, presented a detailed how-to on the new ruled based labelling tools using some OS open data, interspersed with some slides on guidelines to good cartographic practices and labelling tips. The slides and material for this workshop are available here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/185489368/QGIS-Scotland2015.pdf

Heikki, from thinkWhere, lead us through the process of using Atlas in Print Composer to automate map production for a series of maps containing a main context map and an inset overview map. Nothing better than doing something once and then being able to repeat it at the click of a button! The slides and material for this workshop are available here: https://github.com/HeikkiVesanto/Scottish_QGIS_User_Workshop

A break for lunch and a good hour of catching up with users from across all sectors – local government, central government, academia, forestry, planning consultancies, developers, student life and education. QGIS is popular and is obviously a flexible tool that meets many demands.

After lunch, Neil, from thinkWhere, organised a quick-fire “quirky QGIS quiz” with random questions from all aspects of FOSS4G demanding quick thinking for true/false answers. At least half the audience grabbed prizes courtesy of thinkWhere and Ordnance Survey.

What followed was a series of lightning talks on different aspects of using QGIS. Amy, from Cawdor Forestry, gave a brief overview of the plugins available in the QGIS plugin repository and highlighted some of her personal favourites. Paul, from Scottish Water, showcased some of the complex workflows created using SAGA, QGIS and the Processing Toolbox to model hydrological process. Ross, from Inverclyde Council, demonstrated the use of the QGIS Road Graph plugin to generate walking routes to school across a custom road and path network. Seb, from West Dunbartonshire Council, showed us how QGIS had put them in a happy place and showed how a “hearts and minds” campaign championing QGIS had changed the way they worked. Steve, fae Embra, gave some information on how to give back to the QGIS project through submitting Processing scripts and plugins to the repository. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Ross, from Angus Council, gave a quick demonstration of setting up a local plugin repository that could be used to share custom plugins or control access to plugins in an internet-less environment.

By this time, tea and cake was required and it gave everyone an opportunity to mix and ask questions of the speakers.

The last session was as series of longer talks started by Gemma, from Ordnance Survey, explaining how open-source software is used extensively at Ordnance Survey to underpin a lot of the cartographic processes and workflows. They use QGIS 2.8 LTR for stability and consistency across the business and a selection of plugins from both OS developers and the community. QGIS is used to generate all the cartographic styles sheets for the OS vector products: https://github.com/OrdnanceSurvey/OS-VectorMap-District-stylesheets

Tom, from EDINA, explained the processing of creating and delivering a QGIS training course to University staff and students. The first class sold out in next to no time and there is demand for more. Makes sense really, doesn’t it?

Steve, from GeoGeo, wrapped up the day with the kind of mapping we’d all like to be doing – high resolution elevation models, time series analysis of shadows, viewsheds across the Edinburgh skyline and analysis of rooftops for potential solar panels with sub 1m resolution LiDAR datasets. He uses a mix of QGIS, SAGA, Blender and other FOSS to inspiring effect. Check his Flickr stream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevefaeembra/

The day finished with Pete (Lutra Consulting) releasing into the open a new Search plugin for QGIS called Discovery (http://www.lutraconsulting.co.uk/products/discovery/) based on the PostGIS Search plugin from Tim Martin (Ordnance Survey). A very useful addition to any QGIS installation.

The day was sponsored by EDINA, thinkWhere and Ordnance Survey.

Links to slides will be coming shortly.


Photos from QGIS Scotland

 

A full house of 57 Sponsors The QGIS road map Plugin Review Live Demo Road Graph Plugin Processing Scripts QGIS at Scottish Water QGIS to the rescue Water work flows Making them happy QGIS: the right stuff Can you believe it's not ArcGIS?! Open source at Ordnance Survey QGIS Training QGIS is AWESOME Amazing eye candy 4th QGIS user group in Scotland Custom QGIS installer Advanced Atlas usage Open source at Ordnance Survey how to build a plugin Hi-res LiDAR Neil Benny, inquizitor Quirky QGIS quiz

4th QGIS UK user group meeting in Edinburgh

4th QGIS UK user group EdinburghOK. Here it is. The official call for offers of speaking, running a workshop, doing a lightning talk, generally helping, and sponsoring the 4th QGIS UK user group meeting in Scotland on 16th November. Tom Armitage has booked the Informatics Forum in Crichton Street for us again.

Tickets are available here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/uk-qgis-user-group-scotland-tickets-19194628651

I am open to suggestions from you, the users, about how the day is organised but I imagine something that has a few talks, a workshop session and a good lunch break would tick most boxes.  So get in touch and let’s make it happen.

Use the contact form on the About Us page to get in touch or via twitter @mixedbredie.

Sponsored by OS thinkWhere EDINA


4th QGIS UK user group meeting in Edinburgh

4th QGIS UK user group EdinburghOK. Here it is. The official call for offers of speaking, running a workshop, doing a lightning talk, generally helping, and sponsoring the 4th QGIS UK user group meeting in Scotland on 16th November. Tom Armitage has booked the Informatics Forum in Crichton Street for us again.

Tickets are available here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/uk-qgis-user-group-scotland-tickets-19194628651

I am open to suggestions from you, the users, about how the day is organised but I imagine something that has a few talks, a workshop session and a good lunch break would tick most boxes.  So get in touch and let’s make it happen.

Use the contact form on the About Us page to get in touch or via twitter @mixedbredie.

UPDATE: 4th-Scottish-QGIS-user-group-meeting agenda now available.

Sponsored by OS thinkWhere EDINA


Upcoming User Group Meetings

There are two upcoming user group meetings – one in Edinburgh and one in London. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. If you want to attend the Scottish event, click here, or if the South East is closer then click here.

As ever, we are always keen to hear from the users and if you have something you would like to share with the rest of the user group then please get in touch.  Lightning talks or longer 20 minute presentations welcomed.

Click here to get the FINAL AGENDA May 2015.


QGIS UK Edinburgh – Photos

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South-East User group meeting:

2nd South-East QGIS user group – 4th November

The Venue: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Town Hall, St. Ives Road, Maidenhead. SL6 1RF.

Tickets: You can grab them from here and they are FREE!

Agenda

9.30-10:  Arrive
10.00: Welcome
10.15 – 12:  Lutra Consultancy – Python Plugin Development *
12 – 12.30: Discussion / Its your floor: This part of the agenda is entirely driven by you. It’s your chance to stand up and let everyone know what you are doing with QGIS or ask a burning question about QGIS? The best question or lightening talk will win a prize! If your lightening talk requires a bit of power-point, then put together no more than a 5 slider presentation and send them over to simon.miles@rbwm.gov.uk

12.30 – 1.30: Lunch / Networking: There is a cafe within the Town Hall, or a plethora of eating establishments in Maidenhead.
1.30 – 3.00: Talks

Tim Martin from the OS on Terrain5, Topo and building heights to create a 3d using the QGIS2ThreeJs plugin. *
Simon Miles from the RBWM doing a bit of show and tell on how QGIS is used and configured at the Council.

3.00 – 5.00: Unconference: This part of the day is over to you, its your user group! Bring along your own laptop, project or piece of code; or borrow one of the laptops dotted around the room and do a bit of show and tell, or ask someone a burning practical QGIS question. Some of the machines will have QGIS Master on them and there will be a Windows tablet running QGIS on to have a play with. Some suggested topics – Styling features, Creating forms, WMS resources, Print Composer

* Bring along your own laptop if you would like to follow along with the Plugin workshop in morning or with Tim Martin in the afternoon. Software and data requirements will be forwarded to you prior to the day.


Registration is open

Registration is open now for the Scottish QGIS user group.  You can register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/qgis-uk-scottish-user-group-tickets-13092023595

The planned agenda for the day is as follows:

  • arrive for coffee 9.00
  • welcome and intro 9.30
  • workshops 10.00 – 12.00
  • lightning talks 12.00 – 12.30
  • lunch 12.30 – 13.30
  • afternoon presentations 13.30 – 16.00
  • close
  • geobeers

There is a great line up of talks and after feedback from the last user group there are now two workshops in the morning for you to choose from.

  • Workshop 1: QGIS plugin development with Python
  • Workshop 2: Using the QGIS Processing module
  • Michael Spencer – Raster time series analysis using FOSS4G
  • Heikki Versanto – Visualising population demographics in 3D
  • Simon Willcocks – Using PgRouting with OS ITN in QGIS
  • Ross McDonald – Cartographic experiments in QGIS
  • Mag Low – Rendering OS MasterMap buildings using QGIS2threeJS
  • Paul Weedon – PostGIS, QGIS and Associated Street Data
  • Lightning talks – a few minutes to tell us about, well, anything really.

Thanks to EDINA, thinkWhere and Ordnance Survey for helping to make the day happen!


QGIS OpenLayers alternative: ArcGIS online basemap

The QGIS Ireland user group posted a method of adding the ArcGIS Online global raster basemap to QGIS to use as an alternative to the openLayers plugin:

http://ieqgis.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/adding-esris-online-world-imagery-dataset-to-qgis/


Scottish QGIS User Group – 21 October, Edinburgh

The next QGIS user group meeting in Scotland is happening on 21st October 2014.
It is being held in the School of Informatics at Edinburgh University.  For more info about the venue: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/informatics/about/location

This is your chance to offer a short talk or presentation or workshop so we can build an exciting programme for the day.  The final programme and agenda will be released closer to the date.  Please let me know through the contact form or comments or twitter (@mixedbredie) if you have a presentation or talk you would like to share.

Ross


Slides – Scottish QGIS User Group Meeting

An introduction from Ross McDonald to the inaugral QGIS user group meeting in Scotland.

Neil Benny from thinkWhere getting passionate about QGIS and open source spatial software.

Martin Dobias from Lutra showing us the super performance enhancements coming in the next version of QGIS.

Charley Glynn from Ordnance Survey demonstrating some of the map eye candy they’re producing with QGIS.

Pete Wells from Lutra showing us how to use Python with QGIS.

Videos of the talks will be posted here including Heikki Versanto showing how to connect to a huge variety of data sources.


Programme: Scottish QGIS User Group

The programme of events for the Scottish QGIS user group meeting in Stirling is now available:

Time

Event

Speaker

9:30

Registration

10:00

Welcome Ross McDonald / Alan Moore

10:30

QGIS Evangelism Neil Benny

11:00

Break

11:30

Data auditing in PostGIS Mike Saunt

12:00

QGIS performance enhancements Peter Wells

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Land Terrier Management Mike Saunt
Developing QGIS Martin Dobias
User Group, eh? Ross McDonald

14:30

Break

15:00

Cartography in QGIS Charley Glynn
Data Connections in QGIS Heikki Vesanto

16:00

Close
Geobeers

You can download the ScottishQGISUserGroupAgenda here.


Scottish QGIS User Group Overview

Scottish QGIS User Group
Stirling, 19th March 2014

It was a long time coming but the wait was worth it. Forty two excited QGIS users and open-source GIS enthusiasts arrived at the Stirling Management Centre on a brilliantly sunny March day.  People had traveled from all over the UK to make the day happen: Charley Glynn from OS in Southampton, Pete Wells, Martin Dobias and Saber Razmjooei from Brighton as well as others from Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cumbria and most places inbetween. The event was supported by thinkWhere, based in Stirling, and Neil Benny and Heikki Vesanto provided suitably geeky geo entertainment.

Neil Benny, QGIS EvangelistFirst up was Neil Benny (thinkWhere) who provided us with an overview of QGIS through the years to the current top features available in version 2.2 “Valmiera”. The questions on everyone’s minds were answered when he presented a series of slides outlining the benefits of using open source software, highlighting the savings and investments and the importance of investing in training. His top 10 feature comparison of proprietary v open source desktop GIS provoked much discussion.

After a coffee break I presented a short talk on how Angus Council is moving to a mixed hybrid GIS environment to take advantage of the flexibility of the open source licence and the variety of tools available to deliver results. Available here http://vimeo.com/89959143

Martin Dobias of Lutra Consulting and core QGIS developer revealed some of the performance enhancements available in the development version of QGIS. The multi-threaded multi-core rendering impressed everyone and will prove a huge draw card to seasoned GIS’ers used to single threaded applications.Martin Dobias, Core Developer

Saber Razmjooei (Lutra) filled in an open slot talking about the autoTrace plugin they developed for a group of Local Authorities across the UK. Modeled on the MapInfo trace tool it forms a key part of a lot of Council workflows and is a good example of how future plugin development work can deliver savings.

Pete Wells, plugin developerPete Wells (Lutra) delivered a very comprehensive overview of Python and QGIS and how they interact at different levels through the python bindings. There was a lot of interest in this and this was reflected in the feedback forms we collected where Python, plugins, hands-on workshops and tutorials feature high on the list of wants.

Charley Glynn (OS) unveiled some fantastic cartography using the OS vector products of MasterMap, VectorMap Local and District. He also revealed the work OS has been doing to make corporate styles available to the public and the Ordnance Survey’s bias towards open source software. Again the feedback forms revealed a desire to get hands on with QGIS to create good looking custom cartography. The next Scottish user group meeting will definitely be having some hands-on workshops.Charley Glynn, OS Cartographer IMG_20140319_152620

Heikki Vesanto (thinkWhere) bravely ventured into live demos of how to connect to just about any spatial data format available. Local files, local databases, WMS feeds, WFS feeds, text files, CSV and URLs with images and custom map templates using the Atlas generator. An excellent overview of just how flexible QGIS is when it comes to consuming data and converting data to almost every format supported by OGR and GDAL.

Thanks must go to the generosity of thinkWhere in supporting a feature filled programme of presentations and keeping us topped up with coffee. As a result the first Scottish QGIS user group meeting was a success and there is definitely a desire for more events like this.

Slides and videos of the presentations will be available here shortly.


OSGeo Code Sprint, Vienna

This is how OSGeo happens.  These are the folk who bring us a lot of that open-source geo-spatial goodness. You can follow the code sprint on Twitter using the hashtags #csprint and #viennacodesprint14

 


Programme: South-East QGIS User Group

The agenda for the South-East user group meeting, being held at Imperial College, on the 2nd April is here! We’ve got a mixture of speakers, two workshops and a ‘its your floor’ feature where by you can stand up and let people know what your up to with QGIS! If you haven’t got a ticket, there are still some available.

Time

9.30 – 10

Arrive / teas & coffee / networking

10 – 10.15

Simon Miles: Introductions etc

10.15 – 10.45

David McDermott: QGIS and Atlas: automatic map generation

10.45 – 11.15

Mike Saunt: QGIS and PostGIS: The perfect marriage!

11.15 – 11.30

Break

11.30 – 12.00

Jerry Clough: QGIS and OSM: All you needed to know!

12.00 – 12.30

Andrew Bell: QGIS and PostGIS: TBA

12.30 – 1.00

Lunch: Provided by the Ordnance Survey

Stream 1

Stream 2

1.00 – 2.45

Introduction to QGIS:

Based on the Ordnance Survey 2013 Masterclass tour. Ordnance Survey will give an introduction to QGIS and getting started with OS Opendata.

Python & QGIS:

Lutra Consultancy Pete Wells will demonstrate how you can introduce python into QGIS.

2.45 – 3.00

Break

3.00 – 3.30

Its your floor!

Your chance to share what you’ve been up to with QGIS

3.30 – 4.00

Round up / Discussion / User Poll / Geo-beers?


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