WOMS with QGIS User Guide

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This document serves to give the user basic steps to use QGIS functionality alongside the WOMS workflow.

It is highly suggested to seek further education such as the official documentation or specialised training in order to perform more complex operations.

These instructions were written using "QGIS 2.4 portable edition".


Initial program setup

From the initial install you will find it useful to add some plugins to your QGIS application.


Plugins

To manage and install new plugins, from the main menu go to Plugins > Manage and Install Plugins.... In the new window which opens, click in the Search field and enter the name of the plugin. Install the plugin by clicking the Install plugin button.

Here are some recommended plugins:

  • OpenLayers Plugin (Allows adding map layers to your project.)
  • go2streetview (Allows selecting a location on the map to open streetview.)
  • Spatial Query plugin (Allows performing spatial queries. Installed by default but check it in the plugin list to enable.)


Set the default CRS and other Project Properties

The Coordinate Reference System we use is: WGS84 / EPSG 4326 There are many places where this can be set, we recommend including it as a default in your project properties:

From the Project menu, open Project Properties and select the CRS section. Ensure Enable 'on the fly' CRS transformation is checked. In the Filter box, enter 4326, select the item in the box below and then press OK.


Open Layers Maps

If you haven't installed the plugin

From the main menu go to Plugins > Manage and Install Plugins.... In the new window which opens, click in the Search field and enter "openlayers plugin". This should return 1 result which is OpenLayers Plugin. Install this plugin by clicking the Install plugin button. This will enable you to set a base map to display assets on top of.


If you have installed the plugin

You can use this plugin in a project by going to the Web menu, OpenLayers Plugin and selecting a map type.

(The WOMS web system uses OpenStreetMap)