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Making Charts with QGIS


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Are you interested in learning how to make completely professional-looking nautical charts of any location in the United States, ready to put on your kayak?

To do that, are you willing to learn to use a technical software program aimed at map-making professionals?

If so, this might be a workshop that's worthwhile for you. Join me on Zoom as I walk you through the process of creating charts with Quantum GIS, or QGIS as it's popularly known. QGIS is a free, open-source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) application. I have been using this program for the last year and while it has a steep learning curve, it absolutely delivers everything that I need to make top-notch charts and more. It is also extremely customizable, so that you aren't stuck with one idea of how things should look. Here's a link to a sample chart of Salem Sound if you want to get an idea of the quality and flexibility.

The program is very powerful and deep, so we won't cover using QGIS in general. Instead, this event will focus on a specific recipe for making a usable 11x17" document from NOAA nautical charts. We will not be starting from scratch: I will provide a project template that includes access to online marine charts, satellite imagery, street maps and magnetic north lines as well as other items.  All mapping data is automatically downloaded over the internet as needed, so there is no need to figure out how to get chart files for specific areas.

I will provide some online materials in advance, so that you can get set up with QGIS and practice before the event.

If you would like to sign up, please register here: https://forms.gle/tssxfgPzmYe2dVU27

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