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Layers with same coordinate system should align/overlap but do not?

I put 4 different layers into my ArcMap document, but only one of them will show up on the map! I should be seeing the other 3 layers as well. When I do a Zoom to layer, I can see one layer, but I ...
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Converting ArcGIS layer style to Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) file?

I am putting together a GIS server using GeoServer and need some help with importing my layer styles from ArcGIS 10 to SLD format. I have one layer in ArcMap properly symbolized and labeled, how ...
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How to use SRTM Global DEM for Slope calculation?

I have downloaded SRTM GDEM (~90 km resolution). I am using ArcGIS 10. I have tried to use spatial analyst to compute for slope. However, I can not compute for the slope. The output values has only ...
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How to build effective heat-maps?

Using ArcGIS, QuantumGIS, Grass, and/or GVSIG What are some of the tools and processes involved in building effective heat maps? What are the plugins involved? What are the major data requirements? ...
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What is difference between map layer and spatial dataset (e.g. feature class, shapefile)?

This may be very trivial question. To me they seems very similar in concept. What is the difference between feature class and feature layer?
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Using customized Coordinate System for Archaeological site data

I don't know so much about coordinate systems... In my office we use to deal with spatial data coming from archaeological sites. Each site has its own x-y-z coordinate system (GCS). Three simple ...
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Exporting feature class into multiple feature classes based on field values using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a feature class with over 2,000 features, and I need to make them all individual feature classes based on a field. I know there has to be a way to do this, but I just can't figure it out! ...
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Splitting feature class by unique values for an attribute/field in ArcGIS for Desktop? [duplicate]

I would like to split a single shapefile into multiple shapefiles by using unique values for one attribute/field to select features for each value out into a new feature class. I found ET Geowizard ...
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Removing small spaces (slivers) between polygons?

I have a set of polygons representing administrative districts. The districts were digitized by hand, and there are small spaces (slivers) between polygons where the polygons should be touching. How ...
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How to divide a polygon into specific sizes using ArcGIS?

I have several thousand irregularly shaped polygons in a shapefile. I want to be able to split each polygon into three areas, and to specify what the size of those areas (they sum to the previous ...
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Assign point IDs to respective start and end attributes of a polyline

I have two shapefiles, Point and Polyline. I'm trying to populate my polyline layer with the point data ID (systemID) where the lines start to where they end; eg. create two columns (from and to). The ...
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Porting Avenue code for Producing Building Shadows to ArcPy/Python for ArcGIS Desktop?

Whuber provided an answer at Producing building shadows? which required using Avenue code. Any idea how to make it work in ArcGIS Desktop 10?
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Listing all feature classes in File Geodatabase, including within feature datasets?

From python how can I build a list of all feature classes in a file geodatabase (*.gdb), including inside feature datasets? The standard example only lists feature classes at the top level of the ...
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Cartographic techniques for symbolizing routing data

Some common problems with displaying routes created from street data, such as bus routes, include: Routes may overlap themselves, such as when a route takes the same road in opposite directions ...
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Does Calculate Value (Model Only Tool) work correctly in tools run in Batch?

Am I correct that if my model has a model-only tool (Calculate Value), and then I run the model as a batched process, it will not run the Calculate Value expression? I wrote a model to upload, ...
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What are Esri's new “ArcGIS for Professionals” and “ArcGIS Pro”?

After looking through all the stuff that was released or talked about at the Esri UC I am still genuinely confused by what ArcGIS for Professionals is. I will admit that it looks pretty cool, and has ...
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How to convert MapInfo TAB and/or MIF to SHP using free tools or ArcGIS for Desktop core product?

How do I convert MapInfo TAB and/or MIF files to SHP using only free tools or ArcGIS itself? I've not had much luck trying to do this in the past and I don't want to have to shell out for the ArcGIS ...
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How to use PostgreSQL/PostGIS with ArcGIS for Desktop? [duplicate]

Has anyone used PostgreSQL with PostGIS successfully? I am a semi-experienced ArcGIS user and want to build out a database and connect it to ArcCatalog. I've scoured the internet for resources but ...
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How to make a GIS inventory?

My office will be seeing a big change in its GIS section. This section has been operational since the 1980's and has a huge collection of GIS data (i.e., shapefiles, raster files, data, etc) but never ...
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How to create a feature class from the area in one layer not covered by another layer using ArcGIS?

I am working on a project doing spatial analysis at a statewide level. I am looking at a form of transportation coverage in a state, and part of my analysis involves buffers and drive time polygons. I ...
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How to change feature class and field aliases in bulk?

I have over a hundred FCs, each with 10 or 20 attributes to add or change the aliases for, two or more times a year. Needless to say, this is not something I'm going to grunt my way through. How can I ...
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Iterate through multiple Raster files and compute statistics using Zonal Statistics

I have a large number of raster images. What I'd like to do is to compute statistics on different sections of these raster files using a polygon. I think everyone is suggesting Zonal statistics. ...
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Apportion Neighborhood Information to Census Tracts

I have a shapefile of census tracts and another shapefile of "neighborhoods" with values that I need to have joined to the census tracts. I know I need to apportion the area of the neighborhood ...
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How to use directional shading on boundaries for cartographic effect?

The attached screenshot of a National Geographic map shows some beautiful directional shading of boundaries. I'm trying to reproduce this sort of shading for a burn perimeter map, as I want to ...
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How to convert ArcGIS .mxd file to QGIS .qgs file?

I recently tried to use QGIS and I wondered if you can convert a draft ArcGIS map (*.mxd file) into a QGIS project (*.qgs file). This would avoid thematize the entire project.
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How to count and rasterize polygon overlaps in ArcGIS Desktop?

How do you take a vector layer with overlapping polygons and turn it into a raster where each cell counts the number of polygons containing that cell? We are looking at polygons of fire burn areas ...
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How to apply the four colors theorem in a polygon map in ArcGIS/ArcToolBox automatcally?

I need to apply the four colors theorem in a polygonal shape in a way that I do not need to choose manually each color to put in each region. I wish to knows if there is any extension, plug-in, script ...
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Recalculating full extent of File Geodatabase feature class?

I have a featureclass in an Esri file geodatabase. When I edit the features using the editor in ArcMap, and I delete most of my features and keeping only the ones in the middle, the zoom to layer ...
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Is there a QGIS equivalent of the erase tool in ArcGIS?

Is there a QGIS equivalent of the Erase tool in ArcGIS for Desktop?
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Summary table with a field that shows components of each summarized record

I have a table with 2 fields the first is for community and the second for the main community that it belongs to, as in the image I want to summarize the second field (Belongs_to) but with an extra ...
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How to vary the transparency of symbols within a single layer in ArcMap?

I have a polygon layer which I am drawing in ArcMap using a graduated color symbology: Is it possible to vary the transparency between the classes, so that the transparency tapers off with the ...
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How to auto increment a field in a feature class?

So I'm relatively new to ArcGIS and ArcCatalog. I have created a field name of PROJECTID in a feature class in a Personal Geodatabase. The data type is TEXT. This will be a ten digit ID. The first ...
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Why isn't the service layer shape properly spread out?

I created a simple service layer polygon in network analyst (ArcGIS Desktop 10.2) with no hierarchies set in the street network. Now I don't understand why is this polygon created along some ...
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Flatten / collapse one-to-many table and keep the 'many' attributes separate

I have a data set that contains intersection data. Each intersection node has up to 6 links which is identified by IN_LINK and OUT_LINK attributes. I want to create a new dataset that includes the ...
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How to connect to PostGIS database from ArcMap?

How can I connect to a PostGIS database from ArcMap? Solutions for ArcGIS 9.3, 10.0 and later are acceptable. Ideally, I would like to be able to perform spatially enabled queries and receive the ...
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When Versioning with ArcSDE can posted edits be cancelled or rejected?

I am using ArcGIS 9.3.1 and attempting to work with an SDE geodatabase (with one polygon feature class) that has already been registered as versioned. I'm new to versioning and am still trying to ...
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Is it possible to use Arcpy in ArcGIS 10 to zoom to a selected feature?

The answer to this may be a simple yes or no, but I'm hoping that someone is aware of a way to zoom to the extent of a selected feature using the ArcPy modules in ArcGIS 10.
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Creating summary table of symbology of all datasets in multiple MXDs?

This is related to the following Retain ESRI symbology in Mapinfo TAB . As an initial step (in arcpy) I want to access the symbology of all the datasets and create a document which has the details of ...
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How to create an oriented buffer using arcpy?

I would like to create an oriented buffer for every polygon in my shapefile using arcpy. By oriented I mean that I have two angles a1 and a2 that constraint the direction of the buffer. This is ...
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Inserting newlines in Rectangle Text elements via ArcPy causes overlap?

I ran across an issue the other day when I tried to use ArcPython's mapping module to edit rectangle text elements with newlines (\n) in an ArcMap document. Here's what the output looked like: ...
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How to re-order fields permanently using ArcGIS Make Query Table tool?

In the Answer to somebody else's question it was stated that the Make Query Table tool could be used to re-order fields in tables and feature classes permanently. However, when I open the dialog for ...
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How do I create a convex hull in ArcGIS Desktop?

I would like to be able to create a convex hull in ArcGIS Desktop 9.x, but I cannot find an appropriate tool. How does one go about creating one? I am interested in answers for all license levels: ...
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How to Partition Line into Segments using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a shapefile of U.S. states. I extracted the boundary between two states, resulting in a line segment. For example, the boundary between Georgia and North Carolina. Is there a way to further ...
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How to add Table to Layout View using ArcPy?

I am using ArcGIS 10.1 and I have a non-spatial table and some layers in a Data Frame. When I switch to Layout View I want to be able to show the map in a data frame element and the table in another ...
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Automatically update field value in one column based on change to another column in same table?

When editing I want to be able to change the attributes of one field and upon doing this allow for the automatic update of another field in the same attribute table. Essentially I have one layer ...
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Calculate line distances inside of polygons using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm working with two data sets: NHD polyline stream layer for my entire state HUC Watershed boundary Polygons for the entire state I am looking for a way to calculate the total length of streams ...
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Creating Centrelines from Road Polygons/Casings?

I want to create center lines from road polygons. Are there any automated tools in ArcGIS for Desktop to do this? I am including a Screenshot of my vector file below.
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Creating trade flow maps in ArcGIS for Desktop (or any free software)?

I am trying to represent trade flows on a world map where the size and direction of arrows indicate the exports/imports of a given country. This type of map is commonly found in magazines and ...
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Is it possible to have a dynamic table in a data driven page environment?

I am creating a map series that has many polygons per sheet. There is annotation for the polygons however some polygons are very small with no annotation for them (annotation would completely hide a ...
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Extracting coordinates of polygon vertices in ArcMap?

I've got about a dozen polygons in a feature class loaded in ArcMap 10, all in geographic WGS 1984. How do I easily obtain the coordinates associated with each vertex of each polygon in that feature ...