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Opening a shapefile using QGIS

Opening a shapefile using QGIS

Recently I’ve been looking through some open data related to my country. The thing was that some of it (mostly geographic information) was in an unknown format to me: Shapefile.

A shapefile is a data format used to store geographic information. It usually consist of at least three different types of files: a .shp (containing the geometry information), a .shx (a compiled .shp that allows programs to interpret the information more quickly) and a .dbf (a database file which stores attributes for each shape).

After a quick research I found an application called QGIS that helped me to visualize this kind of information.

QGIS is an open source application used to visualize and edit geographic information. It also provides features to analyze different kinds of information using maps as reference.

In this post I’ll explain how you can open your shapefiles using QGIS.

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Hi there! My name is Andrés and starting today, I’ll use this space to write about technology, programming, personal projects and anything that comes to my mind.

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