UK QGIS user group - Wales 2013


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Intro slides form the first regional UK QGIS user group meeting, held in Wales on the 4th December 2013

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  • 2 way migration. One of which was the migration to QGIS, which I will come to shortly. But as QGIS is unable to edit .tab files, we decided to migrate most datasets to PostGIS (but not all):
  • Definitive, which is used by many..shp & .tab files will be stored in a location that has limited access to other GIS users. If there data is required to be accessed by multiple people, it is definitive data.
  • Become a user: I started using QGIS over MapInfo and ArcGIS for my day to day jobs. But I had to invest some time in setting up projects, templates etcGain enthusiasm via presentations and demonstrations. Emphasise the on the benefits of QGIS.Collect information such as datasets maintained and speak to people about their concerns.Configure install. 1 for a QGIS editor and 2: for QGIS viewer. Both installs, install the ECW.dll’s and completes PostGIS connection details. Training by departments.Migrate users and data by department
  • Migrate toPostGIS .shp. It’s a good exercise to clean up and manage your spatial data3. Show colleagues that you are willing to help. This will give them the confidence to use QGIS4,. Crashes. So did MapInfo and ArcGIS.
  • Well, you can – but I imagine it being a headacheTraining in Geoserver and PostGIS, and data editors in QGIS.
  • UK QGIS user group - Wales 2013

    1. 1. QGIS User Group – Wales 2013
    2. 2. A big thank you to our sponsors!!
    3. 3. A big thank you for the venue
    4. 4. • Kevin Williams – Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council • Shaun Lewis – Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
    5. 5. Agenda Start Item Speaker 09:30 Register and coffee 10:00 Introduction and objectives 10:20 Developing Plugins for an Open Source community Matt Walker (Astun Technology) 10:50 Discussion 11:20 QGIS in action 11:50 Discussion 12:20 Lunch and networking 13:00 Migrating to open source - the challenges Kevin Williams and Shaun Lewis 13:15 ExeGesIS - QGIS future developments Crispin Flower 13:35 Open discussion 14:35 Break 14:50 Ordnance Survey Pete Roberts 15:20 Where do we go from here? Kevin Williams and Shaun Lewis 16:20 Close Kevin Williams and Shaun Lewis NPT CBC and BBNPA
    6. 6. Why QGIS Wales? • Approached by Simon Miles who runs the UK group. • Promised during a drinking session in Nottingham FOSS4G!
    7. 7. „Going Open Source‟ According to the Open Source Initiative (OSI, 2009) “Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.” Open Source Initiative, 2009
    8. 8. Objectives (some ideas) • Promoting the use of QGIS, with its associated cost savings and benefits. • Sharing Knowledge and experiences, providing real examples of use. • Sharing training resources including digital and class-based. • Sharing and collaboration on common code (plugins, SQL etc) • Removal of duplicated effort. E.g. styling, symbology, configuration etc • Feedback and sharing with the UK group. • Facilitate a service to share development, e.g. rhodecode, mercurial, Github etc. We already use rhodecode in NPT. • Anything else ...
    9. 9. Background • 20 x MapInfo v7 licences • 3 x MapInfo v12 licences + 1 concurrent • ~25 Users of ProPrinter • 1000s of .tab files (organised in 2011)
    10. 10. What we wanted to achieve
    11. 11. Data to be migrated to PostGIS INSPIRE datasets .shp files • Definitive datasets One off • Scrap datasets • New datasets RoW System .tab files • External that no longer Data gets updated Planning System Web Maps
    12. 12. Migrating to QGIS Become a user Migrate data Gain enthusiasm Collect user information Training for users 1-on-1 support session Migrate users Configure install Remove MapInfo Remove ProPrinter
    13. 13. The challenges • Doesn’t edit .tab files Migrate to PostGIS / .shp. • Doesn’t trace • There’s no support Collaboration between groups to develop and support. • High demand on support from staff Invest in training and provide on-demand support. • Crashes occasionally Identify the cause (e.g. plugins). Save regularly.
    14. 14. You can’t do everything for free… We had to invest somewhere: • External company to set up Geoserver & PostgreSQL / PostGIS • FME • Training
    15. 15. Neath Port Talbot Background Ex-ESRI Products :32 x arcview single seat 15 x arcview concurrent 6 x arcinfo concurrent 6 x Network analyst 4 arceditor 2 x spatial analyst 2 x arcpublisher 2 x 3d analyst Arcsde Arcgis server Arcims
    16. 16. Neath Port Talbot Background • Now we have :– Over 100 QGIS users – Postgis database with nearly 500 layers! – A ‘real’ gazetteer system – Multi-user feature level editing with version control. – Pgrouting soon – OGC compliant (consumes WMS/WFS etc) – A platform for INSPIRE – Far better support
    17. 17. QGIS use • • • • • • • • Trained over 100 users in QGIS 1.8 and 2.0 Running on both thick and thin client Mobile – running on windows 8 tablet Spatial databases – postgis, oracle spatial (legacy), spatialite Developed python plugins Integrated to back-office systems. QGIS Used by many disciplines including social services, education, community first etc. Not your normal GIS users. LDP produced entirely with QGIS.
    18. 18. • End of Intro