An Open-Source Mapping Powerhouse!
January 05, 2021

An Open-Source Mapping Powerhouse!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with QGIS

Similar to RStudio, QGIS allows any user within our organization with an interest in map-making and spatial analysis to explore data and produce results without needed to go through corporate hoops to get access to commercial software. It allows for the democratization of GIS skills across the organization, without the need to silo it to a few people that would make the most of a commercial license.
  • Producing polished maps.
  • Converting between spatial data formats.
  • Applying templates to existing data layers.
  • Interfacing between the underlying data and the mapping component.
  • Including a variety of base layers.
  • Understanding spatial drivers in our client's exposures.
  • Tying in natural phenomena with concentrations in assets.
Handling ESRI licenses was not an easy task for our organization as we had a large number of users that needed access to GIS capabilities on a very occasional basis. R requires a lot of coding to get a decent-looking map. QGIS hits the spot when it comes to visual interpretation of spatial data.

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Whenever I need to produce a presentation-ready map I will use QGIS and either produce a full layout from it or just export the map as a bitmap. I often hear back from colleagues asking how I made such a nice map as many don't have experience with GIS software. QGIS is not a "wizard-type" tool, and the number of options can be overwhelming to a number of users. This being said the same could be said of most GIS applications, Google Earth being maybe the one with the lowest barrier of entry, but also the most limited in terms of producing polished outputs.