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How do I change geotiff “no data” color to white/transparent rather than black?

I am preparing data for inclusion into a geonetwork node, where the maps are displayed via geoserver. The problem is that cells that have"no data" are displaying as black in the geotiff and I am would ...
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Voronoi polygons that run out to infinity

I have been working on implementing the voronoi.py script (Bill Simon's translation of Steve Fortune's code). According to the QGIS link it is basically the same code that I am working with, but the ...
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How does Nearest Neighbor Image Resampling work in ArcGIS?

Hi I am trying to understand how nearest neighbor for the resampling of Image datasets works in arcGIS. The output raster cell value is the value of the closest cell value in the input raster: ...
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How can I utilize NumPy arrays to optimize big data geoprocessing?

I'm interested in learning how to utilize NumPy arrays to optimize geoprocessing. Much of my work involves "big data", where geoprocessing often takes days to accomplish certain tasks. Needless to ...
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Is PhD in GIS useful in non-educational career path?

A bit of an open debate - I am curious for your opinions. I am considering commencing a PhD in GIS which may concern the application of surveys within the natural environments. Eventually, I wish to ...
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Use arcgis with SQL Server 2008 as a backend

I'm wondering how best to use arcgis] and sql 2008 together. At the moment we run manual imports and exports between sql 2008 and arcgis 10 shape files. With sql 2008 having a geography data type I ...
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ArcMap 10: Labels not appearing

Not sure what the issue is, but I'm unable to get labels to display in Arcmap 10. The obvious things are accounted for (as far as I know). Labels are set in Properties, layers are checked to label in ...
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Export table to X,Y,Z ASCII file via arcpy

I'm looking for a way to export an ArcGIS table (created with the Sample command) to a text file via arcpy. I can do this in ArcGIS via the context menu by right-clicking the table, but have not found ...
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How to get the extent of each polygon in a shapefile?

In arcgis 10 and python I want to get the extent (xmax, ymax, xmin, ymin) info of each of the polygons in a shape file. I can get the extent of the whole shape file using ...
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Bulk field rename in file geodatabase

I have a file geodatabase with several hundred feature classes in it. Some feature classes have a field that got named incorrectly, and it got named "SCHEMA_FEATURECLASS_ENTITY" instead of just ...
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Raster noise reduction and edge smoothing

I have a raster image like this I want to delete the isolated noise point and smooth the edge (say the white single points, and I want the edges of the entity look smooth). How can I do this in ...
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What's an efficient way of detecting road junctions on a map?

I may receive maps from any source for my project, and for the C++ algorithm I'm making, it's imperative for the algorithm to know where road junctions (nodes where more than two road segments meet) ...
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Will ArcGIS 10 support Python 2.7 or Python 3.1?

I'm curious to know whether ArcGIS 10 will support newer versions of Python than 2.6. And for that matter newer versions of NumPy (ie, 1.4, 1.5 etc). I'm sure that this documentation is on the ESRI ...
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What is the best way to visualize multiple large LIDAR tiles?

I want to load approximately 10 large LIDAR tiles for analysis. I have tried using ArcScene but it appears there is a limit on how much data ArcScene can handle at one time. Each tile is 65-90MB in ...
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File organization for sharing ArcGIS python code

What is the best organizational structure for sharing ArcGIS python code and geoprocessing tools? Or even, are sharing code and sharing tools separate questions? Esri has a Methods for distributing ...
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No way to De-authorise ArcGIS Server? How to get license back?

At v10 of ArcGIS Server, from what I understand of the new license model, it is not possible to de-authorise ArcGIS Server (like you can with Desktop) Clients have visibility over their licences with ...
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Free tool to convert .lpk to .shp file

I have a .lpk file from ESRI that I would like to convert to a shapefile. How can I do this, using only free software?
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comparing two DEMs

i have two Lidar las files, one is original let's say with X points. And the other is copy of the first las file but with Y points, where Y is less than X. Now, i wanted to compare how the Digital ...
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Future of spatial databases

It may be a bit off-topic. I am eager to know the industry specific importance of Spatial Databases. Is Spatial Database a very important part of any GIS system? Or will we use other technologies to ...
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Arcpy adds erroneous interior ring when writing adjacent, multipart geometry

I've run into an odd issue when using Arcpy to write multipart geometry to a shapefile. I am using an InserCursor to create a multipart feature from a list of parts each with a list of vertex pairs. I ...
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ArcGIS Buffer accuracy problem

world, once again I encounter something very strange with ArcGIS. I perform a buffer analysis on one side of a polyline. There seems to be a serious accuracy problem and I can't figure out what the ...
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How far ESRI Technical Support goes?

Given the number of questions about basic/intermediary usage of ESRI products on this site and in a lot of other mail lists, I became curious to know why people don't ask them to the technical ...
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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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list all feature classes in GDB, including within feature datasets

From python how can I build a list of all feature classes in a geodatabase, including inside feature datasets? The standard example only lists FC's at the top level of the gdb: import ...
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How to obtain overlapping semi-transparent circles effect?

I have been trying to obtain the following markers effect. How can I do the same in ArcGIS (or any free software)? This image is from a book.
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Modelling of rent prices - which interpolation method should I choose?

I have national dataset of ~1,4 million households. There I have information about rent, size (number of rooms and m2) and some additional characteristics of each household. I'd like to use this data ...
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How do I create a convex hull in ArcGIS?

I would like to be able to create a convex hull in ArcGIS 9.x, but I can't find an appropriate tool. How does one go about creating one? I am interested in answers for all license levels, ArcView, ...
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Industry-based examples of using Python in geoprocessing and arcpy

I was asked recently by some students what types of operations GIS Analyst/Developer are usually trying to automate by using Python with geoprocessing in ArcGIS and ArcPy site package. I guess it ...
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Free / Open source GIS Education sources

I'm looking for free / open source GIS education sources for advanced GIS users. Specifically sources that cover programming, spatial analysis, modeling, spatial databases / data management. I use ...
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QGIS vs ArcGIS (features)

I am learning to use QGIS and ArcGIS but I can not find the differences between them. What are the differences between the capabilities of QGIS and ArcGIS?
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Create Centrelines from Road Polygons

I want to create center lines from road polygons. Is there any automated tools in Arcgis or any other GIS softwares. I am attaching the Screenshot of my vector file also.
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Recalculate full extent of FGDB 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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How to manually break statement execution in python console of ArcMap

How does one break the execution of a long-running process in the python console of ArcMap? For example, how do you break a long iteration like the one below once it is started? for i in range(1, ...
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Are personal geodatabases better suited for quickly querying indexed attributes than file geodatabases?

I'm preparing data for an ArcEngine application that queries the data to search for an address. Sometimes we search just on the street name field, just on the house number field, or both. When using ...
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How can I display raised error messages to the user in the ArcGIS geoprocessing results window?

Question: Can print statemnts raised from a custom exception be displayed in the gp results window? Background: I modified a script that I found that takes two inputs from a user, finds the ...
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Why do simple joins on small datasets slow down ArcMap so badly?

ArcGIS 9.3.1, ArcInfo. I have some small file geodatabase and SDE featureclasses (few thousand records each, 50 columns) that I am doing attribute joins on. After the joins, drawing of the map is ...
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Using R with ArcGIS Desktop

In response to comments below, a re-phrasing of the question. I've used the integration of R with QGIS, and found it a very uesful tool. Having taken a look at the R toolbox extension for 9 and the ...
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Stop ArcMap from probing missing data sources on launch

When migrating a map from one environment to another (say, from an existing client environment to our development environment) we're often given MXD documents that represent the map. These documents ...
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ArcGIS - How do I group corner-touching contiguous polygons?

Using ArcGIS 10, I have a Feature Class which I converted from a Raster (GRID) (Raster To Polygon Tool). There are approx. 180,000 polygons. The attribute table contains a [grid_code] field which ...
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Are there any convenient sources of color palettes to use in ArcGIS software while producing maps?

Since it was asked in Beta and I want to know the answer, I post it here.
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Has ESRI made any definitive announcements about 10.1 SP2? [closed]

My organization is awaiting SP2 before we can move our primary GIS team from 9.3.1 to 10.1. I have been testing 10.1 and have found a particularly bad bug that we've been told will be addressed in ...
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How do I add a shapefile in ArcGIS via Python?

I am trying to automate various tasks in ArcGIS Desktop (using ArcMap generally) with Python, and I keep needing a way to add a shape file to the current map. (And then do stuff to it, but that's ...
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Has anyone experienced appreciable performance increases in ArcGIS Desktop by using a RAM Disk?

I configured a RAM disk on a Virtual PC running ArcGIS Desktop 10 and set my HKCU\Software\ESRI\Output\TempPath to a directory on the RAM disk. It’s hard to perceive any sort improvement with that ...
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Can ArcGIS 9 and 10 coexist peacefully on same computer?

We have a copy of Hawths tools that only work in ArcGIS 9.3, so I would like to keep it on my computer. However, most of the work we do in our lab is done with ArcGIS 10. Therefore, would it be OK to ...
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Is there a Free Aggregate Points tool out there for ArcGIS 10?

I need to do some Getis-Ord analysis but first I need to aggregate my points. I know of XToolsPro, but the aggregate points function is locked and you must purchase a license to use it. I am ...
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What is the difference between FID and OID

What is the main difference between OID and FID in ESRI software?
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Open source Cloud GIS

I'm looking for an open source cloud GIS solution. Current situation: Up to 100gb of data stored in file geodatabases that is updated daily. Data is used to create maps as well as geoprocessing ...
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Methods for optimizing multcore processing in ArcGIS

I am interested in learning methods to utilize the full extent of multicore processing power available on a desktop computer. Arc states that background geoprocessing allows the user to utilize ...
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How to unit test ArcObjects with Mocking

I'm a huge fan of unit testing, but still make use of a FGDB to grab features for running unit tests against when using the ArcObjects framework. Is anyone successfully using mocking against thinks ...
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Best place for (structured) ArcGIS tutorials

I've been through University for a Geography degree and am now working on a PhD in Remote Sensing. As part of my undergraduate degree I did a couple of GIS courses, but they concentrated mainly on the ...