GIS For Biologists: Tip #4 – Setting A Projection / Coordinate System For Your GIS Project

27 Mar

Whenever you start a new GIS project, the first thing that you should always do is set its projection/coordinate system. This may also be known as the coordinate reference system, or CRS, depending on the GIS software that you are using. Setting a projection/coordinate system is easy to do, and is done in a similar way in most GIS software packages.

This video provides easy to follow instructions on how to set the projection/coordinate system of a GIS project in QGIS, the leading open source and freely available GIS software package. As you see, it’s not difficult to do, however, you do need to remember to do it each and every time you start a new GIS project. If you want to find out more about projections in general, you can find a video which explains what they are here.

If you have any questions or queries about this video, feel free to comment on this post and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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Dr Colin D. MacLeod,
Founder, GIS In Ecology
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2 Responses to “GIS For Biologists: Tip #4 – Setting A Projection / Coordinate System For Your GIS Project”

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  1. GIS For Biologists: Tip #5 – Adding An Existing Data Layer To A GIS Project | GIS In Ecology - 01/04/2015

    […] you have set the projection/coordinate system of your GIS project, you can think about adding data layers to it. Almost all GIS software packages allow you to add […]

  2. GIS For Biologists: Tip #6 – How To Transform A Data Layer Into A Different Projection/Coordinate System | GIS In Ecology - 10/04/2015

    […] This means that once you have set your projection/coordinate system for your GIS project (see video tip #4) and added data layers to your GIS project (see video tip #5), you may need to transform one or […]

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