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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Find Latitude and Longitude Values in Google Maps

Getting the coordinates of a location on Google maps isn’t as straight forwards as one may expect. But, as usual, if you know how, it is easy enough. And, there are actually several ways.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Exporting layers in GIMP file to single pdf file

[Update: there is a nice working plugin that does the trick, see here] In GIMP exporting multiple layers to one pdf file is surprisingly difficult. I found two solution, both require additional software besides GIMP, but are fairly easy to … Continue reading

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