FAQ – Frequently asked questions
The Quantarctica manual (PDF 1 MB) is a step-by-step guide to installing and optimizing QGIS 2.18 and Quantarctica 3.
- What software do I need?
- I have an older version of QGIS (<2.18). Can it still run Quantarctica?
- How much free space do I need for Quantarctica on my computer?
- What's included in the Quantarctica package?
- How do I acknowledge/cite Quantarctica?
- Can I still use my old version of Quantarctica?
- What is the best way to distributed my published data to other Quantarctica users?
- How can I move my layers from a Quantarctica 2 project to a Quantarctica 3 project?
- Do I need an Internet connection to use Quantarctica?
- My downloads fail / I need an FTP client
- I'm experiencing problems. What do I do?
What software do I need?
You need QGIS 2.18, Quantarctica's project file (Quantarctica3.qgs) and datasets. You get all this on our downloads page.
NOTE: If you're not using Windows or Mac, please download QGIS 2.18 for your platform from QGIS's downloads page.Jump to index
I have an older version of QGIS (<2.18). Can it still run Quantarctica?
We strongly recommend updating to QGIS 2.18. Though it may run on an older version, we can't promise that all of Quantarctica 3's features or datasets will display or run correctly.Jump to index
How much free space do I need for Quantarctica on my computer?
The uncompressed package is 7.8 GB. The download size is about 5 GB (zip file).Jump to index
What's included in the Quantarctica package?
The Quantarctica 3 package includes:
- Simple and detailed basemaps
- Satellite image mosaics and terrain rasters
- Datasets for 10 different scientific themes
See a full list of included datasets, citation information, and preview images in our Data Catalog.Jump to index
How do I acknowledge/cite Quantarctica?
We request that you acknowledge or cite Quantarctica and the Norwegian Polar Institute when publishing a Quantarctica-made image or map publicly in a journal or online.
Citation: Matsuoka, K., Skoglund, A., & Roth, G. (2018). Quantarctica [Data set]. Norwegian Polar Institute. https://doi.org/10.21334/npolar.2018.8516e961
Acknowledgement (example): We acknowledge the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Quantarctica package.Jump to index
Can I still use my old version of Quantarctica?
Yes. However, the older versions are "as is". There will be no further bug fixes, support, etc. Users are strongly encouraged to use the latest version.Jump to index
What is the best way to distributed my published data to other Quantarctica users?
Though QGIS is very good at importing many different types of data, there are certain steps you can take to make your data "Quantarctica-friendly," or easily imported by other Quantarctica users. We have published a guide about Making Quantarctica-Friendly Datasets, which you can download here (PDF, 1 MB).Jump to index
How can I move my layers from a Quantarctica 2 project to a Quantarctica 3 project?
We recommend the "Copy layers and groups to clipboard" plugin, which can be installed from the QGIS Plugins repository (Plugins > Manage and Install Plugins). This plugin makes it easy to move layers between projects while maintaining all of your custom layer style and labeling settings.Jump to index
Do I need an Internet connection to use Quantarctica?
No. An Internet connection is required only for downloading the dataset. Once you've downloaded Quantarctica, you can take it with you anywhere!Jump to index
My downloads fail / I need an FTP client
We recommend that you use a download mirror close to you. If a particular mirror is down or slow, try a different one.
We provide three different download options for Quantarctica, and recommend using an FTP client. If you don't already have an FTP client installed, we recommend FileZilla – it's free.Jump to index