# 3.1. Lesson: Lucrul cu Datele Vectoriale¶

Vector data is arguably the most common kind of data you will find in the daily use of GIS. The vector model represents the location and shape of geographic features using points, lines and polygons (and for 3D data also surfaces and volumes), while their other properties are included as attributes (often presented as a table in QGIS). It is usually used to store discrete features, like roads and city blocks. The objects in a vector dataset are called features, and contain data that describe their location and properties.

Scopul acestei lecții: De a învăța despre structura datelor vectoriale, și cum să încărcăm seturile de date vectoriale într-o hartă.

## 3.1.1. Follow Along: Vizualizarea Atributelor Straturilor¶

De asemenea, este important de știut că datele cu care lucrați nu reprezintă doar locul „unde” se află obiectele în spațiu, dar vă spun și ce sunt acele obiecte.

From the previous exercise, you should have the rivers layer loaded in your map. The lines that you can see right now are merely the position of the rivers: this is the spatial data.

To see all the available data in the rivers layer, select it in the Layers panel and click the button.

It will show you a table with more data about the rivers layer. This is the layer’s Attribute table. A row is called a record, and represents a river feature. A column is called a field, and represents a property of the river. Cells show attributes.

Aceste definiții sunt utilizate în mod obișnuit în GIS, așa că este esențial să vi le amintiți!

Acum, puteți închide tabelul de atribute.

## 3.1.2. Try Yourself Exploring Vector Data Attributes¶

1. How many fields are available in the rivers layer?

2. Tell us a bit about the `town` places in your dataset.

Databases allow you to store a large volume of associated data in one file. You may already be familiar with a database management system (DBMS) such as Libreoffice Base or MS Access. GIS applications can also make use of databases. GIS-specific DBMSes (such as PostGIS) have extra functions, because they need to handle spatial data.

The GeoPackage open format is a container that allows you to store GIS data (layers) in a single file. Unlike the ESRI Shapefile format (e.g. the `protected_areas.shp` dataset you loaded earlier), a single GeoPackage file can contain various data (both vector and raster data) in different coordinate reference systems, as well as tables without spatial information; all these features allow you to share data easily and avoid file duplication.

In order to load a layer from a GeoPackage, you will first need to create the connection to it:

1. Click on the Open Data Source Manager button.

2. On the left click on the GeoPackage tab.

3. Click on the New button and browse to the `training_data.gpkg` file in the `exercise_data` folder you downloaded before.

4. Select the file and press Open. The file path is now added to the Geopackage connections list, and appears in the drop-down menu.

You are now ready to add any layer from this GeoPackage to QGIS.

1. Click on the Connect button. In the central part of the window you should now see the list of all the layers contained in the GeoPackage file.

A roads layer is added to the Layers panel with features displayed on the map canvas.

3. Click on Close.

Congratulations! You have loaded the first layer from a GeoPackage.

QGIS provides access to many other database formats. Like GeoPackage, the SpatiaLite database format is an extension of the SQLite library. And adding a layer from a SpatiaLite provider follows the same rules as described above: Create the connection –> Enable it –> Add the layer(s).

While this is one way to add SpatiaLite data to your map, let’s explore another powerful way to add data: the Browser.

1. Click the icon to open the Data Source Manager window.

2. Click on the Browser tab.

3. In this tab you can see all the storage disks connected to your computer as well as entries for most of the tabs in the left. These allow quick access to connected databases or folders.

For example, click on the drop-down icon next to the GeoPackage entry. You’ll see the `training-data.gpkg` file we previously connected to (and its layers, if expanded).

4. Right-click the SpatiaLite entry and select New Connection….

5. Navigate to the `exercise_data` folder, select the `landuse.sqlite` file and click Open.

Notice that a landuse.sqlite entry has been added under the SpatiaLite one.

6. Expand the landuse.sqlite entry.

7. Double-click the landuse layer or select and drag-and-drop it onto the map canvas. A new layer is added to the Layers panel and its features are displayed on the map canvas.

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Enable the Browser panel in View ‣ Panels ‣ and use it to add your data. It’s a handy shortcut for the Data Source Manager ‣ Browser tab, with the same functionality.

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Remember to save your project frequently! The project file doesn’t contain any of the data itself, but it remembers which layers you loaded into your map.

## 3.1.5. Try Yourself Load More Vector Data¶

Load the following datasets from the `exercise_data` folder into your map using any of the methods explained above:

• buildings

• water

## 3.1.6. Follow Along: Reordonarea Straturilor¶

Straturile din lista de straturi sunt desenate pe hartă într-o anumită ordine. Stratul cel mai jos în listă este desenat primul, iar stratul de la vârful listei este desenat ultimul. Schimbând ordinea în care sunt prezentate în listă puteți schimba ordinea în care sunt desenate.

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You can alter this behavior using the Control rendering order checkbox beneath the Layer Order panel. We will however not discuss this feature yet.

Ordinea în care straturile au fost încărcate în hartă probabil că nu este logică în acest moment. Este posibil ca stratul de străzi să fie complet ascuns deoarece alte straturi sunt deasupra lui.

De exemplu, această ordine a straturilor…

… would result in roads and places being hidden as they run underneath the polygons of the landuse layer.

Pentru a rezolva această problemă:

1. Clic apoi glisați pe un strat din Lista straturilor.

2. Reordonați-le, pentru a arăta în felul următor:

Veți vedea că harta are mai mult sens, cu străzile și clădirile desenate deasupra regiunilor.

## 3.1.7. In Conclusion¶

Acum, ați adăugat, din mai multe surse diferite, toate straturile de care aveți nevoie.

## 3.1.8. What’s Next?¶

Utilizând paleta aleatoare asignată automat la încărcarea straturilor, harta curentă este probabil greu lizibilă. Ar fi de preferat să alegeți propriile culori și simboluri. Asta veți învăța să faceți în lecția următoare.