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The all new shiny QGIS 2.0 has arrived

And it is looking great. I have been using the master (development) version for some time now, so I can tell you out of experience that this release rocks! Some of my favourites are the greatly improved map composer, great new styling features, integration of Sextante in QGIS core and much improved stability. For a list of major changes and new functions, go here. But, of course, don’t take my word for it, but check it out yourself and get a copy from the QGIS website. Continue reading

Update of the r.forestfrag addon for GRASS GIS

Some time ago I came across this post from Sylla Consult about a script to calculate forest fragmentation index suggested by Riitters et al. (2000). Obviously, it can be used for any land cover type, so perhaps landscape fragmentation index would be a better name. Anyway, the script r.forestfrag.sh is available from the GRASS-addons page.

Unfortunately, it only worked with GRASS 6.4. Because I mostly work in GRASS 7.0 I adapted the script to make it work on GRASS 7.0.  I also added some additional options and changes: Continue reading

pack up your GRASS raster layer

What if you  want to get a number of raster maps from a mapset to bring with you? Or you want to back up a number of layers, but not the whole mapset? Of course you can export it as e.g., an ascii or geotiff, but that won’t save the colour table, attributes, etc. So what then? Well, check out the r.pack package. It provides a script that compresses a raster layer, including colour table etc.  You can restore the raster map from the export file to the same or another computer using the accompanying add-on r.unpack. Continue reading

New: Quantum map, a simplified QGIS version

An announcement on the QGIS mailing list about NIWA Quantum map made me curious. How is this going to differ from QGIS? As it turns out, NIWA Quantum map is basically QGIS with a simplified interface, i.e., it has some GIS functionality hidden or removed to be less confusing for users not familiar with GIS. They used the customization options to disable the editing functions, so users can enable that if required. I wonder though why they did not do the same with the analytical functions, rather then removing it all together.

It furthermore has a custom plugin added to provide easy access to a number of data layers for New Zealand. As these are WMS or WFS data sources, you can of course open them in QGIS too, or any WMS or WFS compatible software for that matter.

Creating alternative emails from your gmail

In Gmail there is no easy way to sort. The good folks at Google seem to have this idea that everything should be done by searching. Sure, I use the search function all the time. But really… No option to sort your emails on anything other then date?!

Anyway, while looking for ways to sort my emails in Gmail, I came across this site with a few tips on sorting your email. It mentioned one feature I had not heard of before, the option to create new Gmail ID’s with a plus (+).  Continue reading

Creating a map using the command line

Although I like to carry out GIS analyses using the command line interface (CLI), creating maps is something I still tend to do using the graphical interface (GUI). And most of the time that makes perfect sense to me, creating something visual (the map), using visual tools (GRASS GUI gis.m or QGIS).

But things change when e.g., you have to create many maps of the same area changing one variable only, Continue reading

Using the GRASS command g.list in R

Running grass commands within R is easy using either the system function or the spgrass6 package. But sometimes the GRASS outputs are not easy to read into a data frame or vector. For example, what if you want a vector with all raster data layers in mapset ‘species’. Continue reading

Beautiful Kenya

I have lived in Kenya for seven years and this advert of Safaricom, a Kenyan mobile company, made me realize how much I miss it. It shows some of the beautiful and spectacular landscapes Kenya is famous for. For those who have never been there, take a look and you might understand why visitors invariably fall in love with the country. For those who have been there, great to see familiar places filmed in a spectacular way. OK, this has nothing to do with the usual subjects I write about… but much more beautiful :-)