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:
- Can actually exist at the location, e.g. there is an empty office building.
- Is located in the central district of Amsterdam.
- Has stations close by (250 meters) so it is easy for employees to get to work.
- 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.