July '17 Meetup Minutes
There was a turn-out of eight people attending the meetup.
We opened with a discussion of business. Stu Smith has decided to discontinue paying for Meetup.com and we will switch to a Google Groups
group. Peter Keum and Paul McCombs were added as co-organizers on the Meetup.com account for the remaining time, as well as managers of the Google Group. Joel Masselink demonstrated the
Quick Map Services plug-in for QGIS
Allows you to add web map services to qgis.
Google satellite view
Open street map
Mapbox map services
We discussed what may or may not be legal to do with these map services.
Joel determined that commercial sources should not be used to enter data into open street map.
Once the plug-in is loaded go into Web Menu, select Quick Map Services go to Settings. Change to “More Services” tab and click on “Get Contribution Pack” and then click save.
Visibility tab in settings allows you to turn it off
A discussion of address matching resources yielded two recommendations from the group:
Tom Macky is very interested in how to make a time series.
Robert Catherman is looking for railroad data.
We discussed that Google doesn’t allow people to copy and make use of the data they publish, outside of their official services.
Stu suggested looking to State government web sites for rail data.
Joel suggested the QuickOSM plug as a quick way to access rail data from open street map.
Stu demonstrated the aggregation of points