Application programming interface (API). A set of interfaces, methods, protocols, and tools that application developers use to build or customize a software program.

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How do various JavaScript mapping libraries compare?

I am working on a web-based mapping system and I'm trying to figure out the best/most appropriate library to use. There are a few of them about and they each have pros and cons. Even after trying a ...
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Should I use OpenLayers or Leaflet?

I was debating with one of my collegues on OpenLayers v/s Leaflet. I made a point that OpenLayers is much better API if we wish to build a project, where you need direct connectivity to the Geoserver ...
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What reliable GeoCoding service would you recommend me?

I'm looking for a web service providing a full address based on coordinates (and reverse). I'm ready to pay for that service. I don't want to use Google's API.
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File Geodatabase Open API

Any ESRI boffins (insiders) know when this will be available? 2010, 2011? FINAL UPDATE now released 20th January 2011 - Can be downloaded here - ...
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Geocoding API Comparison

Is there a good updated source for comparing existing Geocoding APIs (i.e. Google, Mapquest) and their features? I'm really interested in their language support as well. For example, Google has ...
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Is there a programmatic way to retrieve Landsat 8 Satellite Images?

I have not been able to find out this myself, but is there a way to programmatic access Landsat 8 Satellite Images? I know that I can go to USGS EarthExplorer to search and browse through the scenes, ...
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What are the advantages of using Rails for a GIS/mapping application?

I've heard some good things about Rails, but I don't know much about it yet. There are only a few questions about Rails on GIS.SE (and there's not even a Rails tag). Is it worthwhile to learn about ...
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What is ArcSDE API used for?

To create applications that manipulate ArcObjects there is the VBA and Java runtimes. To create application that process data with ArcToolbox tools, there is ArcPy for Python. Today, I discovered ...
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Designing an API for spatial data

I am considering trying to make an API so that I can make some spatial datasets available to colleagues for analysis. Part of my work has been to analyze and prepare data which can then be used for ...
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Most suitable open source GIS platform

I'm looking for an open source GIS server or desktop package that supports as many file formats as possible, is fast, runs on Linux or Mac and can be controlled via an API. Planning to do very basic ...
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Custom panning using ArcGIS Engine

Due to some constraints, that I will not go into, I have found myself needing to implement custom panning in my application. The ArcGIS API reference suggests using the following methods: ...
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Load third-party APIs only when the corresponding map layer is requested?

OpenLayers allows multiple map layers to be hosted on a common platform. If the map application supports a wide variety of maps, say from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, I find that upon initialization, ...
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Add a OpenStreetMaps road data layer on Google Maps API v3

I've successfully embedded a Google Maps API v3 map on my site, and added OpenStreetMaps (OSM) as the base layer. Is it possible to use Google's tiles as the base layer, and then overlay street data ...
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ArcGIS for Android API Example/Tutorials

I know that the ArcGIS API for Android is still in beta (I've joined the beta program), but I was curious if anyone had produced or discovered any examples/tutorials/cookbooks for the API. The Help ...
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What map source/API/tools are recommended to create Web GIS/Mapping application utilising Microsoft technologies?

I'm researching about technologies (around Microsoft tech) to create mapping application and would like to have advice/suggestions. Brief requirement to build mapping application with Microsoft ...
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How to simulate google maps user experience

I’m not familiar so much with GIS applications and libraries. There is something that I would like to know if it’s possible or not. We are using ESRI suite of products as our GIS infrastructure. We ...
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When is it better to use 64 bit File GDB access?

The beta 2 release File Geodatabase API includes 64 bit support. Esri says arcobjects is still the "preferred" method to interact with the file gdb. However, arcobjects has no 64 bit support. ...
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Is there a API which return the geojson data for a countries borders?

Is there a simple free REST API where I can send the name or code of a country and get in return geojson data which highlights it's borders ? I'm writing an application where I will have a changing ...
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Determining ESRI File Geodatabase release version?

Is there any method in Python, ArcObjects, or the File GDB API for determining the release version (9.3, 10.0, etc.) of a file geodatabase? There is a need to find all of our shared 10.0 version file ...
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Conventions for returning GeoJSON via an API

I have a queryable API that returns one or more GeoJSON FeatureCollections. Currently the response looks something like this: { "success": { "data": { "layer1": {"type": ...
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How to Add FileGDB driver to PyGDAL installation

I installed ArcGIS 10.0 and it installed Python 2.6.5 with it. Later, I installed pyGDAL using the windows installer within that Python installation. I cannot find a specific place where GDAL is ...
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JavaScript library to read data from a WFS server?

Is there a JavaScript library available to read data from a WFS server?
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How is StreetDirectory.com web map application developed?

I wonder can you tell me how is developed map application like on this site? http://www.streetdirectory.com What API is used?
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programmatically create and publish geotiff layer in geoserver

We need to automatize process of creating datastore and publishing geotiff layer. Also, before publishing we need to change Declared SRS and to save Native Bounding Box to our database. Geotiff file ...
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API to suggest nearby streets

For an app I'm developing, I want to use the phone's GPS to locate it. I then want it to list streets that are nearby. The customer might be in his back garden for example, and this may be closer to ...
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Geo-Tagged Tweets and Twitter API

When I do a timeline query using the Twitter API... http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.xml?screen_name=MyTwitterName The geographic component of the reply looks like this: ...
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Facebook Place Api

Do you know if there are a requirements or restriction on Facebook Place API? Is it possible to download the data? Is it open-source?
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ESRI REST API clients?

So, if I implement the esri GeoServices REST API with a non-esri service, what clients can I use with it? We (GeoREST) were initially thinking that ArcGIS Explorer or other desktop clients would be ...
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Is there a public API that can be accessed with Python and will geocode Points of Interests?

I recently downloaded tagged hospital data from OpenStreetMaps.org using the API. Some of the data have a 'node' tag which are attributed with a lat/long while other data are tagged as 'way' format ...
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MapQuest License

I read the license of Geodata provider (facebook, foursquare...) but I don't understand what it means: LICENSE FROM YOU TO MAPQUEST. If you upload any data, feedback, ideas, suggestions, ...
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How to collect tweets outside a given bounding box?

I checked the twitter API here. I know how to get tweets in United States within a bounding box such as: [-124.47,24.0,-66.56,49.3843]. How can I easily get all the tweets NOT in this bounding ...
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Type of event dispatched when the user double-clicks the map

I am currently working with a drawing tool for the ESRI Flex API, and every time I double-click the mouse a map service will perform a measurement and display the length of the line that I am drawing. ...
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Free api to reverse geocode latitude, longitude to census tract?

I have a bunch of latitude,longitude coordinates (mostly city/town centroids) in the United States for which I'd like to find the containing census tract. For instance, input => nn.nnn, -nn.nnn ...
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Is there any way to tell whether a park from GeoNames is small or big?

I have this query for parks in Alabama for example: http://api.geonames.org/search?featureCode=PRK&username=genadinik&country=US&style=full&adminCode1=AL&maxRows=100 But it ...
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How to tell if a country has states and what the state codes are

With the help of this community I understood how to find country codes and query geoNames data based on that. What I am stuck on now is understanding how to break things down by state where needed. ...
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OpenLayers and the legend

Is it a possibility in OL to add a legend (symbology) directly to (under) particular layer (not only switch on/off the layer)?
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How to change the color of vector layer of QGIS in api?

I'm using QGIS-2.4.0 api to develop app in C++. When I add a vector layer to the app, the vector map's color would be random. I used QgsFeatureRendererV2 to get the geometry type of the layer, my ...
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How to refresh layers independently?

I'm writing a C++ application using QGIS API and I would like to improve the performance. I want to render 5 layers: one raster layer using gdal to load Bing/Google Map tiles 4 custom QgsMapLayer ...
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Working With Vector Product Format (VPF) - APIs, etc

I've been looking around the Internet for information about Vector Product Format. I want to put together a project that can read Digital Nautical Chart (http://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/DNC.portal), ...
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How to use OpenStreetMap in Java?

I have a requirement of GIS to be implemented using Java. I have read the developer guide for OpenStreetMap but there is insufficient information for its setup technically. I am completely new to ...
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API for Real Time World Statistics

Does anyone know of an API (preferably free) that can provide real time world statistics such as Crude Birth Rate, Crude Death Rate, world/country population, or emails sent today as on the website ...
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Measure the Length of a Line on a Map after a MOUSE_MOVE Event

One of the actions a user can perform using the ESRI Flex Viewer application is to draw a shape on a map (e.g. a line). Once the user is finished drawing the line, they will double-click the mouse ...
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show position on google map/earth, from gps data, using google API

For those that have used google's API for mapping (google maps/earth), I would like to know if is it possible to develop an application to receive NMEA data from a gps receiver, extract position, and ...
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How can I get the elevation of a point in openlayers?

I want to know if it is possible to obtain the elevation of a point with some type of control of others. I am painting a linestring with a series of coordinates but I need to know the elevation of ...
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Plotting multiple addresses with distance to specific POI

I'm not sure if this is the correct place for this question but here goes. I am getting ready to move to a different city. Right now I have about 80 houses to choose from. One of my parameters for ...
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Free geo api with minimal constraints

I want to write a game that will draw real geographical map. What software systems can often make requests for free? I need to stay at drawing a map.
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How can i use MapServer service using arcgis api for silverlight?

Is it possible to use a service published from MapServer using ArcGis api for Silverlight ? for exemple : <esri:FeatureLayer ID="Schools Without Attendance Areas" ...
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ESRI Silverlight API - KmlLayer with a Schema?

I have a KML file I'd like to load with the KmlLayer in my Silverlight application. The problem is that the markup seems more complicated than the class wants to handle. I have a element at the top ...
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Where can I get free nautical route planner Data?

Please read - and understand - before closing; I do not yet have an answer. Thanks. I made a mistake. I phrased my original question so that it could be answered by recommending an application. It ...
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Closest set of points to another set of (predefined) points

I have 10 sets of points which I call templates that I have manually classified from 0 to 10. Each point is a X, Y coordinate in a text file. Each template has 5-8 points. I have new sets of points ...