Introduction to QGIS (Part 2): Symbology and Labeling

In part two of these tutorial series, we will style more of our layers. While doing this we will start using more advanced symbology. In addition, we will look at filtering our data so as only to show the specific data we are interested in.

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Introduction to QGIS (Part 1): Loading and visualizing data

Hi there! Welcome to this QGIS tutorial, in which I will show you how to load and display downloaded shapefiles in QGIS 3. This tutorial series will go through the same process as my introduction to ArcGIS Pro tutorial. I thought it might be interested to see how much the workflow differs between programs. I will try to follow the same steps, but since the programs are different I might be forced to take additional/different processes.

For this tutorial, we will download some data covering the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam. Let’s pretend we are a company owner who wants to find a new location for its Amsterdam office. It is important to us that the office:

  1. Can actually exist at the location, e.g. there is an empty office building.
  2. Is located in the central district of Amsterdam.
  3.  Has stations close by (250 meters) so it is easy for employees to get to work.
  4. Has a park close by (250 meters)so that employees have the ability to enjoy their lunch outside.

I have collected a collection of shapefiles which we can use to find the optimal location to establish our new office. Let’s go through this process together. In this first part, we will download the data, load it into QGIS, and visualize it.

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Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (Part 6): Running analyses

It’s time to do what we have been waiting for (well I have at least!). In this part, we are going to run our analyses and find out which offices fit our requirements. If you cannot remember from back part one, they were the following:

  1. An office actually exists at the location, e.g. there is an empty office building.
  2. The office is located in the central district of Amsterdam.
  3.  The office has stations close by (250 meters) so it is easy for employees to get to work.
  4. The office has a park close by (250 meters) so that employees have the ability to enjoy their lunch outside.

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Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (Part 5): Editing and Deleting Features

Welcome back! I promise you we are soon done with digitizing. Before moving on to our analyses, I want to show you how to edit and delete features. This should feel very familiar if you worked along with the previous part.

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Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (Part 4): Creating Features

Today I am taking a little detour to show you the workflow of creating features in ArcGIS Pro. Although I purposely have ensured that the features we will be editing will not affect our analysis results (in part 6), I would recommend you to follow along, as feature editing is an important part of being a GIS analyst. If you nevertheless feel that you want to skip this part, you are safe to skip to part 5, where we will run our final analyses. Now, let’s get started.

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Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (Part 3): Definition Queries

Welcome back! So we are doing great and got railroads, stations and city parks shown on our map. The railroads and stations are shown with different colors based on the mode of transport. For the parks, we used a more advanced symbology, with different colors for different park size classes. Finally, we added labels to show city park names. In part 3 of this series, we will continue styling the final 2 layers of our project: Districts and Empty Buildings. In the process, we will start using definition queries. Let’s start with former, as this one will be quick and easy.

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Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (Part 2): Symbology and Labeling

In part two of these tutorial series, we will style more of our layers. While doing this we will start using more advanced symbology. In addition, we will look at filtering our data so as only to show the specific data we are interested in.

Continue reading

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (Part 1): Loading and visualizing data

Hi there! In this tutorial, I will show you how to load and display downloaded shapefiles in ArcGIS Pro.  We will download some shapefiles covering the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam. Let’s pretend we are a company owner who wants to find a new location for its Amsterdam office. It is important to us that the office:

  1. Can actually exist at the location, e.g. there is an empty office building.
  2. Is located in the central district of Amsterdam.
  3.  Has stations close by (250 meter) so it is easy for employees to get to work.
  4. Has a park close by (250 meter)so that employees have the ability to enjoy their lunch outside.

I have collected a collection of shapefiles which we can use to find the optimal location to establish our new office. Let’s go through this process together. In this first part, we will download the data, load it into ArcGIS Pro, and visualize it.

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