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QGIS - An Open Source Tool for Making Maps

QGIS is a free and open source Geographic Information System, similar to ARCGIS, for creating, editing, and annotating maps and spatial data.

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Download the QGIS GIS tool here.



QGIS has many features to enable you to compose maps and interactively explore spatial data with a friendly GUI.  These features include:

  • On-the-fly reprojection
  • Map composer
  • Overview panel
  • Spatial bookmarks
  • Annotation tools
  • Identify/select features
  • Edit/view/search attributes
  • Data-defined feature labeling
  • Data-defined vector and raster symbology tools
  • Atlas map composition with graticule layers
  • North arrow scale bar and copyright label for maps
  • Support for saving and restoring projects