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QGIST at EuroSciPy 2019 in Bilbao

We will present the project and recent developments at EuroSciPy! Meet us there.

Friday, 2019-09-05, 16:45 EEST (14:45 UTC), Mitxelena

Enhancing & re-designing the QGIS user interface - a deep dive (Sebastian Ernst, Maria Müller) [EuroSciPy slides]

QGIST at FOSS4G 2019 in Bucharest

We will present the project and recent developments at FOSS4G! Meet us there.

Friday, 2019-08-30, 12:00 EEST (09:00 UTC), Fortuna Est

Enhancing & re-designing the QGIS user interface - a deep dive (Sebastian Ernst, Maria Müller) [FOSS4G slides]

User-friendly Open Source Geoinformation Software

Open Source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be pretty, user-friendly and driven by Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). The QGIST project sets out to significantly improve and enrich the user experience of THE modern-day open source GIS application: QGIS.

QGIS (formerly known as Quantum GIS) is one of the largest open source projects in the area of GIS. Since 2002, it has evolved many fold and has become a powerful multi-domain tool. QGIS covers, but is not limited to, various fields ranging from geomorphology to cadaster mapping as well as data visualization in 2D, 2.5D and 3D.

While its impressive analysis libraries have become a mature infrastructure, its GUI remains dependent on a command-line workflow. Its use requires programming skills. Now, as the QGIS community is attracting more and more end-users rather than just users with development background, we decided to gradually reinvent the QGIS interface, enabling a much wider audience to benefit from open source GIS.

We focus on a plugin-based approach, allowing interested QGIS users to review our concepts and ideas - without interfering with the original QGIS codebase. We are publishing a series of functional plugins and themes, gradually building on top of one another. Ultimately, QGIS will offer a true enterprise GUI experience.


We, the QGIST project, are an informal free collective of independent professionals with various scientific and engineering backgrounds and a strong interest in open-source GIS software - including QGIS, of cause. We want to bring the gist of QGIS to its users, hence QGIST.

It is our mission to apply our broad, interdisciplinary domain knowledge to open source software. By supporting their communities, we want to give back to them what they enabled us to do in the first place - becoming the professionals that we are now.

Our software will remain open source under permissive licenses forever. All source code will be made available in our Github profile.

For those who need it, commercial support will become available from members of the collective through the project’s commercial support platform,

You can contact us by e-mail at


The QGIST project is an initiative of - Independent Scientific Services.


Sebastian M. Ernst
Franz-Flemming-Straße 43a
04179 Leipzig


+49 175 26 53 712



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