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Crowd-Funding Call 2023

QGIS turned 20 last year. Help us get ready for the next 20+ years by becoming a sustaining member!

We want to ensure another 20+ years of sustainable development to keep on bringing the most user-friendly GIS to users worldwide. 

This year (2023), we, therefore, plan to focus on addressing long-standing infrastructure debt (particularly docs and web infrastructure). To make this infrastructure more sustainable, we had to make the difficult decision to move funds from our annual grant programme to rather support these infrastructure tasks. To address upcoming challenges (including but not limited to Qt6 support and next-generation installers) and to the grant programme back to full strength, we need additional funds. The best way to achieve this goal is to enlarge our sustaining member base. 

Our existing sustaining members contribute €130k per year. We are aiming to raise an additional €70k per year (equivalent to 1 new flagship, 3 new large, 4 new medium, and 8 new small sustaining memberships) to bring the total member contributions up to €200k.

The campaign to raise funds for our activities runs from 16th January 2023 until 16th February 2023.

Our funding progress so far:

To keep the lights on, become a sustaining member or donor.

Details: Sustaining Membership Program Overview

Every contribution counts. 


If you need to convince your boss … 

Executive summary

QGIS is a high-impact, global project. QGIS.org provides open access to best-in-class tools for visualizing, creating, editing, analyzing, and publication of spatially linked data and information products. QGIS.org does not prescribe how these tools should be used, but we make these tools freely available and accessible to everyone in the hope of fostering a more just society, better making, and furthering the goal of a more sustainable environment. Our cross-platform software is available on traditional desktop PC’s, on mobile devices, and in the cloud.

Who uses QGIS?

QGIS is used by governments, large multi-national organizations, corporate entities, and academic institutions all the way down to small businesses and hobbyist users. Our Open Source development model makes the software accessible to all of these users at a cost they can afford, excluding no one from the ability to benefit from QGIS.

QGIS is free of cost, not cost-free

It has taken, and will continue to take, a great deal of effort to develop high-quality tools like those provided by QGIS.org. Initially, this cost was borne exclusively through the efforts of dedicated volunteers. As the project matured, a financial ecosystem developed around the project. Customers began to contract community members to extend the QGIS project (software, documentation, online infrastructure) to better serve their needs.

In parallel with these directed funding efforts, we developed programmes for supporting the project with funds that we can use at our own discretion via donations and sustaining memberships. These discretionary funds allow us to provide all of the supporting infrastructure around the project. In addition, it enables us to fund:

  • Quality improvements to the software,
  • Host contributor meetings,
  • Hire technical contributors to improve broad-reach elements of the project, and
  • Grow the community around the project to strengthen its long-term sustainability.

A value-for-value model

Many of our users migrate to QGIS from proprietary alternatives which are financially unsustainable to use within their organizations. We celebrate the fact that we are able to open doors that would have otherwise been closed for those needing spatial tools such as QGIS. However, we also ask you to share some of the value gains that you realize from moving to QGIS with us. The funds you provide to us are used to the direct benefit of all users, who get to enjoy a more feature-rich, stable, and well-documented set of QGIS tools. This ‘value-for-value’ model helps to ensure the long-term sustainability and prosperity of the QGIS project. With nearly half a million daily active users, your contributions can make a huge impact on the lives of many people. The project has received in-kind and financial contributions from many well-known international organizations around the world, whom we thank deeply. We invite you to join the ever-growing number of organizations that see value in the work we do and share value back to us in the form of financial contributions to support our work.

View our financial reports →

Governance

QGIS.org is registered as a Swiss Verein (Association) that is operated in a non-profit manner. It is managed by an elected board and contributed to by hundreds of people from around the world. In the same way that the software we develop is open source, the project is operated with the same principle of openness, with all financial reports, board reports, and community decisions carried out in an open and transparent way.

View our annual general reports →

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Save the date: QGIS user conference and contributor meeting in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

We are happy to announce that our 25th Contributor Meeting will be held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands from 20 to 23 April 2023.

Leading up to the contributor meeting, we will also have a two-day International QGIS User Conference, on 18 & 19 April.

QGIS Contributors Meetings are volunteer-driven events where contributors to the QGIS project from around the world get together in a common space – usually a university campus. During these events, contributors to the QGIS project take the opportunity to plan their work, hold face-to-face discussions and present new improvements to the QGIS project that they have been working on. Everybody attending the event donates their time to the project for the days of the event. As a project that is built primarily through online collaboration, these meetings provide a crucial ingredient to the future development of the QGIS project. The event is planned largely as an ‘unconference’ with minimal structured programme planning. We do this to allow attendees the freedom to meet dynamically with those they encounter at the event. Those sessions that are planned are advertised on the event web page and we try to enable remote participation through video conferencing software. Although our hosts are not funded and donate the working space to us, we show our appreciation by making one of our software release’s splash screens in honour of that host, which is a great way to gain exposure of your institution and country to the hundreds of thousands of users that make use of QGIS.

For more details and to sign up, please visit the corresponding wiki page.

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Plugin Update December 2022

The QGIS plugin repository currently lists 1752 plugins and the list keeps on growing. This month has been busy with 14 new plugins. It can be challenging to stay up to date.

Our monthly plugin update is meant to provide you a quick overview of the newest plugins. If any of the names or short descriptions piques your interest, you can find the direct link to the plugin page in the table below the screenshot.

ShootPoints-Web Plotter
Plots ShootPoints-Web data
Quick GeoJSON
Quick GeoJSON viewer, this QGIS plugin helps you to load pasted GeoJSON as a temporary (memory) layer.
QGIS-legendView
Display only the necessary legends in a clear, easy-to-understand manner
MOPST
Mapping Opportunity & Pressures for Sustainable Tourism
GeoDynGem GWSW
sewerage prognosis tool for municipalities with support for GWSW-standard
Moisture and Water Index
Este complemento calcula el índice NDWI con las imágenes del Landsat 8.
AdressesFr
Recherche d’adresse BAN
GeoCSV
This plugin creates a vector layer from the loaded csv file to make it available to edit
Reveal Address
QGIS plugin generated by ChatGPT, to reveal address using reverse geocoding on Nominatim API
UDD Manager
BitHabitat UDD Manager for QGIS.
Räumlicher Filter
Spatial filters for PostGIS, GeoPackage and Spatialite layers
QdrawEVT
Dessiner facilement des entités
OsmAnd bridge
Import tracks, favourites, itinerary and AV notes from OsmAnd
QDAI
It computes soil moisture at high resolution using the SMAP/SMOS 36km coarse resolution global soil moisture data

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Plugin Update November 2022

The QGIS plugin repository currently lists 1739 plugins and the list keeps on growing. This month has been busy with 12 new plugins. It can be challenging to stay up to date.

Our monthly plugin update is meant to provide you a quick overview of the newest plugins. If any of the names or short descriptions piques your interest, you can find the direct link to the plugin page in the table below the screenshot.

BDOT10k
Wtyczka do pobierania danych BDOT10k. Plugin for downloading BDOT10k data.
DMI Open Data
This plugin lets you import data from DMIs Open Data
road2QGIS
Plugin faisant appel au calcul d’itinéraires du Géoportail pour intégration dans QGIS
NextGIS Points2One
Create lines and polygons from vertices.
Go Data Extraction
This is a Plugin for QGIS that enables users to log in to Go.Data and extract case data. Go.Data is an application which facilitates outbreak investigation, including field data collection, contact tracing, and visualization of chains of transmission.
LayerTree2JSON
Parse QGIS 3 project and write a JSON config file with layer information.
Tieosoitetyökalu
Tieosoitetyökalu-plugin hakee VKM-rajapinnasta osoitetietoja ja esittää niitä erilaisin tavoin QGIS:sissa.
Koordinates
Discover, view and clone Koordinates hosted data directly from QGIS.
GPS Replay
Allows replay of a previously logged GPS file (i.e. a NMEA text log).
Segment reshape tool
Tool to reshape toplogically connected segments
GBFS-NOW
GBFS-NOW
School placement multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA)
This plugin generates a customized site classification raster layer for educational facilities (schools).

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Plugin Update October 2022

The QGIS plugin repository currently lists 1728 plugins and the list keeps on growing. October has been busy with 15 new plugins. It can be challenging to stay up to date.

Our monthly plugin update is meant to provide you a quick overview of the newest plugins. If any of the names or short descriptions piques your interest, you can find the direct link to the plugin page in the table below the screenshot.

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QGIS 3.28 Firenze is released!

We are pleased to announce the release of QGIS 3.28 ‘Firenze’!

Installers for all supported operating systems are already out. QGIS 3.28 comes with tons of new features, as you can see in our visual changelog. QGIS 3.28 Firenze is named after this year’s FOSS4G host city.

We would like to thank the developers, documenters, testers and all the many folks out there who volunteer their time and effort (or fund people to do so). From the QGIS community we hope you enjoy this release! If you wish to donate time, money or otherwise get involved in making QGIS more awesome, please wander along to qgis.org and lend a hand!

QGIS is supported by donors and sustaining members. A current list of donors who have made financial contributions large and small to the project can be seen on our donors list. If you would like to become a sustaining member, please visit our page for sustaining members for details. Your support helps us fund our six monthly developer meetings, maintain project infrastructure and fund bug fixing efforts.

QGIS is Free software and you are under no obligation to pay anything to use it – in fact we want to encourage people far and wide to use it regardless of what your financial or social status is – we believe empowering people with spatial decision making tools will result in a better society for all of humanity.

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3rd Crowdfunding on Point Clouds, Elevation Profiles and 3D Map View Enhancements

Lutra Consulting, North Road and Hobu are collaborating in a new crowd-funding campaign to extend these capabilities in future QGIS releases!

Highlights of the planned improvements include:

  • Point Clouds
    Creating point cloud processing tools for transformation, management and analysis of point clouds. Ensuring that extremely large (terabyte size) datasets can be handled well for both display and analysis.
  • Elevation Profiles
    Support embedding customisable elevation profiles into print layouts and atlases, and allow exporting elevation profiles to CSV and DXF.
  • 3D Maps
    Faster 3D maps for large scenes, an improved 3D measurement tool and further improvements to 3D scene navigation.

Your financial support is vital to make these improvements possible! Visit the crowd funding page for additional information on what is included in the effort and how you can financially contribute.

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QGIS Annual General Meeting – 2022

Dear QGIS Community,

We recently held our 2022 QGIS Annual General Meeting. The minutes of this meeting are available for all to view.

I would like to welcome our new QGIS PSC member: Régis Haubourg. Régis has been a geomatics enthusiast for years and started deploying and funding QGIS development in 2008 as a GIS and database administrator for a water basin agency.

From 2016 to 2021, he worked for Oslandia mainly on QGIS, learned “the developer’s” side of things and could professionally collaborate with other great contributors to the project. Régis has been promoting the QGIS in the french User group, organizing 4 QGIS french user days, and being the local chapter chair for 2 years. Since 2022, he has worked for a scientific institute promoting greener construction and retrofitting methods to fight against climate change. Welcome! We’re very excited to start working with you!

I’d like to take a moment to deeply thank Paolo Cavallini for all his work in QGIS and in the QGIS PSC.

Paolo got involved in QGIS very long ago, first as a user, then more and more deeply in various activities, initiating and supporting various plugins and core functions (e.g. GDAL Tools, DB Manager), opening and managing bugs, taking care of GRASS modules, handling the trademark registration, etc. Paolo also acted as Finance and Marketing Advisor for several years before taking over the plugin approval process.

Between 2018 and 2020 Paolo served as PSC chair helping QGIS rapidly evolve into a more and more professional project. In 2020 Paolo was reelected as a member of the QGIS PSC where he has been helping in different roles.

Looking up the source code in GIT, I see that your first commit back in May 2011 was the translation of the words: Avvio, Scegli and Arrivo (Begin, Choose, Stop). I really hope that your next commit will be the translation of “Ri-Avvio” since I’m sure you still have a lot to give to QGIS as a community member!

Grazie di cuore!

I will continue to serve on the PSC as chair, and Anita Graser will take over the role of Vice-Chair. The board is completed by our longstanding treasurer Andreas Neumann.

I am also pleased to say that the project governance is in good hands with Jürgen Fischer and Alessandro Pasotti kindly making themselves available to serve on the PSC for another two years.

It is also great to know that our project founder, Gary Sherman, and long-term PSC member Tim Sutton continue to serve on the PSC as honorary PSC members. They both set the standard for our great project culture, and it is great to have his continued presence.

QGIS has been growing from strength to strength, backed by a really amazing community of kind and collaborative users, developers, contributors and funders. I look forward to seeing how it continues to grow and flourish.

Rock on QGIS!

Cheers

Marco Bernasocchi (QGIS.ORG Chair)

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Plugin Update September 2022

The QGIS plugin repository currently lists 1710 plugins and the list keeps on growing. September has been busy with 16 new plugins. It can be challenging to stay up to date.

Our monthly plugin update is meant to provide you a quick overview of the newest plugins. If any of the names or short descriptions piques your interest, you can find the direct link to the plugin page in the table below the screenshot.

Site Schedule Optimization
Finds an optimal multi-day schedule for traveling to a set of locations.
Sentinel-5p data explorer
Sentinel-5p data explorer manage NC files from satellite “Sentinel-5p”.
CityTimer
Evaluate the distance from the 15min city of a context
Drone Path
This plugin prepares a drone flight path based on input polygon and drone camera parameters. This plugin gives a Fly Litchi compatible csv file with way points for the drone path.
Previsioni
This plugin connect to Previsioni API.
BecaGIS
BecaGIS GeoProcessing, Field Calculation Tools and Expressions
SenseRemote Detection
AI detection algorithms for remote sensing images.
Geotuileur
Plugin associated with the IGN France service of the same name: Geotuileur.
Groundwater Buffer Raster
Expands and interpolates edge values of Water Surface Elevation (WSE) rasters to produce groundwater (GW) buffer rasters
KoALA_Nx
KoALA-Nx supports optimal network analysis in various network environments. Users can apply the tool in all network environments, such as roads, railroads, and pedestrians. KoALA-Nx provides two functions: distance-based network analysis and time-based network analysis
Data Range Filter Legend Widget
Filter layer elements from the legend, using sliders that cover the range of each numeric field.
CO2_Sequestration
This plugin predicts the tree CO2 Sequestration by simply knowing the tree Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) and height of the tree.
PEC_Avalia
Realiza a avaliação da acurácia posicional em produtos e dados cartográficos, a partir de normas e padrões brasileiros
SecQuery
Render geodesic buffers with 4-32 sectors and query the point data in them.
Nearest with greater value
Get name (or ID) of and distance to the nearest feature with greater value in a certain field of a point layer. Returns point layer with added attributes and a line layer with connecting lines.
ODKConnector
Plugin to connect to the ODK (Open Data Kit) for data retrieval.

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Plugin Update August 2022

The QGIS plugin repository currently lists 1694 plugins and the list keeps on growing, even during the holiday season. It can be challenging to stay up to date.

Our new monthly plugin update is meant to provide you a quick overview of the newest plugins. If any of the names or short descriptions piques your interest, you can find the direct link to the plugin page in the table below the screenshot.

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