Saving data and projects

As you create new data and layouts you will want to save your projects so you can open and access them again.

The first datasets to save are your clipped road and watercourse data. Right click and ‘make Permanent’.

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This will ask you for a location to save the data and a name for the file.

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Once you have the new data saved you can save the whole project. this will then allow you to open all of your saved data in the same display format.

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Now close QGIS. When you close it might ask if you are happy to loose some temporary files:

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You can select ‘Yes’ here as all of the new files you need you have already saved.

Now when you open QGIS again you will be presented with the option to open your now saved project.

Saving a collected project using Qpackage

Qpackage is a QGIS plugin that allows you story a project and data togethering the same folder. This is a great tool facilitating better data management and project sharing.

Using QGIS plugins

QGIS plugins add additional functionality to the QGIS application. There is a collection of plugins ready to be used, available to download. These plugins can also be installed directly from the QGIS Plugin Manager within the QGIS application. Note there are some plugins that have been developed for earlier versions of QGIS that have not been brought into QGIS 3. Its good to monitor new plugin releases as many have been developed to allow access to really useful Australian and Global datasets.

In this tutorial we will load a plugin to access global elevation data. Find the Manage and Install plugins tool:

Fine QPackage and install it.

Once it is installed you can access the package via the Plugin Icon or through the Plugin dropdown menu.

Choose all the layers you wish to save and the destination folder. This will package all of the data and a QGIS project together in one folder.