How to install the most common open-source GIS applications on Ubuntu

Since my home computer refused to boot up, I decided to format my hard drive and install Ubuntu 16.04. In addition to Google Chrome and Sublime Text, the only other applications I needed were all my favorite open-source GIS software. So this is how I spent most of the Saturday morning:

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Introduction to QGIS workshop

Last saturday a group of GeoInquietos Madrid organized a QGIS Introduction workshop at Medialab-Prado. It was a total success. Almost 30 people attended and almost every of them gave us a good feedback. Marco explained the QGIS’s user interface and basic tools, Jesús and me, vector analysis, Fran, plugins and Carmen, the printer designer.

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Cartographic tools for data journalists

Last Saturday I attended the Jornadas de Herramientas Cartográficas organized by Geoinquietos and the Periodismo de Datos group in Medialab-Prado. Several professionals, cartographers and journalists mostly, gave an insight of their work and the tools they most commonly use. The event was focused on election maps (#electionmaps) and you can find a GitHub repository with all the slides and scripts which were displayed during the workshop.

Thanks to Xosé Manuel Vilán and Jesús García we learnt how to make hex maps with Quantum GIS, Graeme Herbert showed us how to make prediction models applying the not-well-called D’Hont Law and a couple of epidemiologists from the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Rebeca Ramis and Diana Gómez, explained to us how to analyze spatial data with Geoda software. Carlos Gil and Beatriz Martinez also introduced us into mapping with R. A very interesting talk was given by Jorge Sanz from CartoDB.  He showed us how to solve the eternal geographical problem of the Spanish geography: putting the Canary Islands on the map. And he did it with just a few lines of SQL:

You can observe the result thanks to the following map. Before and after running the code.

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