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QGIS By Example by Daria Svidzinska, Alexander Bruy

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Adding base maps

Base maps are ready-to-use background maps that provide contextual and spatial information additional to your data. They can be satellite imagery, general maps from various sources, or even self-prepared custom maps. In this section, we will take a look at the most popular types of background maps and how to load them into QGIS to combine them with your data.

The OpenLayers plugin

This is one of the most popular QGIS plugins, as it allows simple addition of base maps from numerous popular map providers (OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, Bing Maps, and so on). Install the plugin as described in Chapter 1, Handling Your Data, and make sure that it's active after installation.

Loading base maps is simple; go to Web | OpenLayers, select the ...

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