Archaeological maps from qGIS and Inkscape: A brief guide

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Description: 
Creation of maps in Quantum GIS and editing of the same in Inkscape for the production of map illustrations
Author(s): 
Robinson, Christina and Campbell, Dana and Hodgkinson, Anna
Affiliation: 
Oxford Archaeology North
Header: 
Archaeological maps from qGIS and Inkscape: A brief guide
Keywords: 

QGIS, Quantum GIS, Inkscape, map layout, svg, pdf, editing, layers

License: 
CC-Attribution (by)
Target Audience: 
Intermediate GIS Users
Language: 
English
Software: 
Quantum GIS
Inkscape
gvSIG
Publish on OSGeo: 
Yes
Source Format: 
PDF
Date Published: 
17 Nov 2010
Additional Comments: 
These brief instructions for Inkscape (www.inkscape.org) apply to maps first created in qGIS. Below you will find a quick guide to exporting and creating PDFs and SVGs (Scalable Vector Graphics) from qGIS, and Inkscape will be used simply to 'frame' it. Whereas most of the map is built in GIS, Inkscape is needed for formatting, editing, adding the north arrow, text and perhaps a legend. The PDF option is used for simple figures with not to many elements involved, the SVG option is for the use of more complex figures. Also use an SVG if your image is not going to be a full page. Procedures are explained in detail with screenshots and photographs where appropriate and guides to troubleshooting and examples for data maintenance are provided. The manual is written in such manner that it can easily be adjusted for individual sites' survey requirements. Chapters can be extracted easily and supplied individually. The methods described are also applicable to a range of archaeological illustrations. The author of these manuals would be grateful for further feedback on its usability, contents and layout. She is employed by OA North as a Supervisor and contactable via email: christina [dot] robinson [at] thehumanjourney [dot] net
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