Micro-QGIS Home

Welcome to the Micro-QGIS homepage!

This site is meant to teach scientists and engineers how to use the QGIS Desktop software to integrate microanalytical data. It is targeted at beginners and experts alike, and is intended to serve as both resource and forum.

The resources on this page are currently designed for QGIS version 2.18, which is the long-term stable release.

What is QGIS Desktop?

QGIS (Quantum Geographic Information System) Desktop is a free, open source program created specifically for assembling and processing geographic data. It is available to both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. While not originally designed for microanalytical techniques, its power lies in the ways it allows users to quickly and efficiently attach data to spatial objects (e.g., analysis locations, important sample regions, or pictures). Its files are compatible with ArcGIS, it has a growing community of users, and allows for integration with Python, R, and C++.

If this is your first time using any kind of GIS software, you should proceed to the QGIS tutorial for a series of quick tutorials that will acquaint you with the ease of use of QGIS, and some useful tools for microanalytical mapping.

QGIS Demo on a Nautilus Shell Dataset

Above: In a video, you can watch an experienced QGIS user convert a dataset and several images into a publishable sample map in a little under 8 minutes. The dataset and images seen here are the same as those provided in the tutorial.