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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178216748X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782167488
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 749,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anita Graser

Anita Graser studied at FH Wr. Neustadt, Austria, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Geomatics in 2010. During her studies, she acquired hands-on experience in the fields of geomarketing and transportation research. Since 2007, Anita has been working as a geographic information systems (GIS) expert with the Dynamic Transportation Systems group at the Austrian Institute of Technology, where she focuses on analyzing and visualizing spatio-temporal data and research project management. Anita is an OSGeo Charter member and QGIS team member. She has been working with GIS since 2005, and is writing a popular blog on open source GIS at anitagraser.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JD1 on 28 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to reading this and am now disappointed. I probably should have paused before I bought; 92 pages isn't going to give you much detail about such a hefty subject - and of those 92 pages maybe a third of the space is used up by screenshots of dialogue boxes.

In my view, it is both poorly written and poorly illustrated. As an example, there are nine lines explaining 'mapping density with hexagonal grids'. The description of the workflow is incomplete and there is not even an illustrative map. Googling to find both, I ended up at the author's excellent blog .....

I liked the idea of a qgis book. Even though you can find most of the answers you'll ever need through web searches, a book should be good to look through, at your leisure, to pick up ideas and tips. However, this book is so lightweight it doesn't achieve that at all. 'Knocked out in an afternoon' is how it comes across.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great for GIS users switching from ArcGIS 24 Oct. 2013
By Adam A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have been using ArcGIS for the last 3 years and recently took a job at a non-profit. Being that we are less funded, I looked into QGIS and this manual has been pretty useful figuring out the essential functions of QGIS. Probably wouldn't recommend to someone with absolutely no GIS knowledge, but for what it's worth, this is pretty useful book to have on my kindle.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best place to discover QGIS 2 Dec. 2013
By Jonathan Gross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The best place to discover QGIS is "Learning QGIS 2.0" by Anita Graser for its brevity and attention to detail. Making great maps using QGIS, a free and open source desktop GIS, is only a few steps away using this book. Released in September 2013, it is the most up-to-date reference on how to get the results you want using QGIS. I finally had a chance to read the e-book in its entirety and here is what I think.

The book was written for a range of audiences--including newcomers and more seasoned veterans. It covers basic and advanced topics from installing QGIS, whether a user or developer and Ubuntu/Linux or Windows, to adding and editing map data. In addition, the book contains color screenshots to illustrate what actions are being performed.

The book proceeds logically and words are used efficiently. It helps users add different types of GIS-related data, understand how QGIS treats projections, and highlights vital mapmaking tasks such as symbolizing and labeling. It also covers QGIS' plugins, notably the Open Street Map plugin for using common basemaps and the Heatmap plugin for density analysis.

Later topics include using the Map Composer (analogous to Layout View in ArcGIS) and the Graphical modeler (Model Builder in ArcGIS).

Two potential criticisms of open source software are that they tend be harder to use than their paid counterparts. In addition, some programs lack easy-to-read and authoritative documentation. With "Learning QGIS 2.0", these barriers no longer exist. The timing of the book could not be more perfect with the release of QGIS 2.0 Dufour.

When you finish the book, be sure to visit Anita Graser's blog at: [...] It is a real treat! There you can gain even more advanced knowledge.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I finally found the QGis hand-book I was looking for! :) 9 Dec. 2013
By federica.manenti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recently had the occasion to review this book, task to which I volunteered with pleasure since it finally gave me the right occasion and some organized basical instructions I was looking for to move on and learn how Qgis works. In general the book is able to give a rich overview on the possible uses of the software, from the basic ones (such as simple visualization of geodata, both vector and raster) to the more elaborated ones (such as different spatial analyses).

I found it particularly interesting for the rapid introduction to the software integration with databases (such as SQLITE and POSTGIS) and with web services data providers (WMS, WCS or WFS), while I mostly appreciated the Spatial Analysis chapter: it is full of tutorials (the book also gives you indications about where to find fitting data for the exercises) and shows how to apply some of the most used tools, both for vector and raster data. Not all the Qgis tools are explained: the reader is expected to be given the basis to find how to use also the not explained ones, and I think this is correct in a “learning” perspective.
Anyway, I would have appreciated a lot some more tutorials with Python console: I found only one small case... Consider it as a personal suggestion for eventual future editions! ;)

In my opinion, it is currently the best guide for GIS users who want to discover Qgis: it is clear to the reader, from the first page to the last one, that this book was not written by “improvised auto-elected experts”, but from a person who lived the Qgis project from the inside, saw it grow and contributed actively to spread it. Thanks for that.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Shallow book for novices, to help them get started 20 Jan. 2014
By Agnar Renolen - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a thick and comprehensive book on all the functionality and possibilities with QGIS. This is somewhat thin and "shallow" book that covers the basic functionality and helps a beginner get started. It is, as the title suggests, a book about learning QGIS for those who don't know much about it before. I have experience in ArcGIS and GeoMedia, and quickly got the grasp of the basic functionality without the book.

But I wanted to learn more, beyond the basics, as QGIS has so much capability. For example how to extend the functionality or automate processes by writing pythons scripts. This book did not cover much beyond what I already had learned by myself.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ideal for introduction to QGIS 2.0 4 Dec. 2013
By J. Castro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Anita Graser is one of the most reputed GIS experts currently.
Her new book, Learning QGIS 2.0 is a great way to start working with this powerfull GIS software. It begins with the essentials like installation, interface, main menus and how to start adding and creating different layers to the view, continuing every chapter with the more complex functionalities.
What I most like of this book is that it includes "notes and tips" everytime, that can be very usefull in our daily use of QGIS.
One more thing that I value a lot are the links to usefull websites, containing geographical information to work with the examples showed in the chapters.
QGIS 2.0 is a free and powerfull software that deserves know how to use, and this guide can be a good way to approach to it.
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