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Streamlining Python Code for Big Data

I have Python code which is designed to take point shapefiles through the following workflow: Merge points Integrate points, such that any points within 1 m of each other become one point Create ...
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GIS developer blogs … recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations for GIS blogs ... specifically GIS developer blogs. I'm less interested in the geography than in how apps are put together. I'd like to keep up with ESRI ArcGIS as ...
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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 can I connect to a PostGIS database from ArcMap 9.3 and 10.0?

How can I connect to a PostGIS database from ArcMap 9.3 or 10.0? Ideally, I would like to be able to perform spatially enabled queries and receive the results back (e.g. spatial and non-spatial ...
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How do I convert MapInfo TAB and/or MIF to SHP?

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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Alternatives to ArcGIS Online?

I am considering purchasing ArcGIS Online for a group of users who currently use about 5% of ArcGIS capabilities (ArcMap, simple map creation and information display) about 80% of the time. Primary ...
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Recommend topics to be included in a Computer Science for Geospatial Technologies course

I will be instructing a course at the local university titled Computer Science for Geospatial Technologies. This is an introductory course meant to introduce computer science concepts to geospatial ...
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How to hide “internal” polygon boundaries?

We've been scratching our heads over how to tackle this for some time, and are no more illuminated than when we started. I hope you can help. Our task is thus: how to draw a lake with a solid outer ...
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What does the adoption of Python by NVIDIA for GPGPU mean for GIS?

Today NVIDIA announced support for the Python language on its flavor of GPGPU (CUDA). Manifold GIS uses CUDA to enable some accelerated raster operations but it is not a programmable environment and ...
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Future of Silverlight in ArcGis?

On the last Build Conference in September 2011 Microsoft told a lot about Windows 8 and the Future of JavaScript over Silverlight. No Plugins wanted!! JavaScript with html5 ftw! Now what is the ...
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Removing small spaces between polygons

I have a set of polygons representing administrative districts. The districts were digitized by hand, and there are small spaces between polygons where the polygons should be touching. How can I ...
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Is there any model builder in QGIS or other open source GIS?

Like the model builder in ArcGIS Desktop to run simultaneous geoprocessing tools, is there any model builder available in QGIS or an open source GIS software.
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Color polygons so each is distinct from its neighbors

I'm using ArcGIS 10, and I have a layers of 2010 Census blocks, block groups, and tracts. There are thousands of polygons in these layers. I want to color them so that each is distinct from its ...
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How can I define projections for multiple shape files in ArcMap 10 at once?

I have over 100 shape files that don't have .prj file and thus when I bring them into ArcMap they show the coordinate system as unknown. I know all of the shape files coordinate system is GCS WGS ...
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How can I calculate the average width of a polygon?

I'm interested in examining the average width of a polygon that represents the road surface. I also have the road centerline as a vector (which is sometimes not exactly in the center). In this example ...
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ArcGIS Desktop 10 Tips and Tricks

A couple times a month, I check out the various tips and tricks CW posts on StackOverflow and always learn something new. I went back and forth as to whether to pin this question to a specific ...
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How to convert an .mxd file to a .qgs file?

I recently tried to use QuantumGIS and I wondered if you can turn in a draft format ESRI mxd loadable qgs. This would avoid thematize the entire project. Thanks for your help.
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What is the most accurate coordinate system for calculating areas of polygons?

I have multiple polygons, all located offshore around the UK. I am trying to calculate the areas of these polygons in square kilometres, without splitting them by UTM zone. Is it possible to do this ...
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Is there a way to code-complete arcpy scripts using an external editor?

I have been scripting in Python for ArcGIS 10, and so far I have just been using Notepad++. I like how the Python command line interface code-completes arcpy functionality for you, showing you your ...
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What are key things to test in ArcMap 10.1, service pack 1?

I have been asked to test service pack 1 for ArcMap 10.1 before it is provided to other users at my university. Are there any key things I should do for any SP test, or should I try to look at things ...
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Crashing ArcGIS 10.1 Add-ins Using Multiprocessing

I would like to run a multiprocessing task from a python add-in tool. My issue is that the process keeps failing. Basically crashes ArcMap. Here is my basic code: def function(startOID, endOID, ...
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Hidden Features of ArcGIS

ArcGIS is one of the most popular software-packages available for GIS. What are the lesser-known but useful features of the ArcGIS? Which little/hidden tricks do you known that make your experience ...
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GIS for Local Police Department

I'm trying to recruit local police departments into a new GIS certificate that I am teaching in Florence South Carolina. None of the Police departments have any experience with GIS, but they are all ...
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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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How to implement ringmaps in ArcGIS?

In a recent article by Stewart and colleagues in IJHG I stumbled upon interesting technique of visualizing data using ringmpas. Some more information referenced in the article about this technique ...
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How are people using Python data structures and classes in Arcpy?

This question may expose my ignorance on programming but I'm curious about how people are using different python data structures within Arcpy. This page lists the data structures in Python. I ...
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R to ArcGIS 9.3.1 or 10

I m trying to learn R generally and making statistics for maps. I found some useful tricks for making maps with it but it is not the best you can do. My everyday GIS program is ArcGIS. How I can use ...
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Best practices for a mixed ArcGIS 9 and 10 environment?

What are some best practices for ArcGIS v9.3 and v10 in the same shop? We have a couple of dozen users on v9.3. The bulk of our data is in file geodatabases and geotiffs, with a respectable splash of ...
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Are there any standards or common practices for performing a network analysis for emergency response?

I am working on a project using Network Analyst to determine official emergency response zones for fire departments. The shape of each zone will be determined by the network (at least 1 department ...
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Do ArcGIS SpatialReference object factory codes correspond with EPSG numbers?

I've got a project where I'm reading in geometry objects from text files to put them in ArcSDE. These geometry objects have an associated EPSG code, and I'm looking for a way to ensure they're in the ...
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ArcGIS 10 on Linux

Will ArcGIS 10 work properly using wine or crossweaver?
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The simplest way to uninstall any and all ArcGIS products?

What it is the simplest and most straightforward way to uninstall any and all ArcGIS products more or less in one go that might be present on a Windows machine? perhaps scriptable? Add/Remove ...
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What are data visualization and analyses pros/cons of QGIS over ArcGIS?

Many of my colleagues use GIS on a very sporadic basis for simple data visualization and basic analysis (clipping, buffering, etc.) and I am hoping to transition these non-core GIS people to QGIS so ...
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Calling arcpy/python from .NET?

Are there any available examples that show how python can be integrated into a .NET ArcGIS Addin or Extension? I have a series of python scripts that I would like to call from form events (e.g. button ...
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How do you cite ArcGIS?

When writing papers, is there a standard style that should be used for citing ArcGIS, specifically ArcMap? In particular, how do you reference a specific tool that you used in your analysis. I'm not ...
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Ecological geospatial conundrum

I am looking for a different, more elegant solution to a spatial statistics problem. Raw data consists of an x-y coordinate for each individual tree (i.e. converted to a point .shp file). Although ...
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How to determine if trees within forest gaps are clustered?

The attached dataset shows approximately 6000 saplings in approximately 50 variable sized forest gaps. I am interested in learning how these saplings are growing within their respective gaps (i.e. ...
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How to deal with bridges and tunnels when modeling raster least cost paths?

I'm currently using ArcGIS 10 Spatial Analyst's Cost Path tool to model pedestrian routes. I have sidewalks, fences, buildings and a ton of pedestrian scale features, all combined into a cost surface ...
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What is the best practice for data management? [duplicate]

I have always been curious how other folks are storing their spatial data. Outside of an enterprise environment where much data is stored in enterprise geodatabases, is it better to store data per ...
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Hand drawn sketchy symbology styles for GIS software

Often times in planning projects, a hand drawn, sketchy look is desirable in order to convey the preliminary nature of a project. Is anyone aware of any utilities/plugins for desktop GIS software ...
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Are the ESRI .lyr and .mxd data format specs published?

Are the binary formats of .lyr and .mxd files published?
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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 trade flow map in Arcgis 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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Data naming convention - starting with a number

My company uses ArcGIS and has a project and data file naming standards in place and (for the most part) followed. Something that has always bothered me about he naming standards is that it mandates ...
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Using ArcGIS 10 on a virtual machine with OSX

I'm currently using ArcGIS 10 on a Windows 7 64 bit Macbook Pro (2.53 Ghz and 8GB of RAM) using VMWare. However, when I am using ArcGIS I find it quite slow even with Windows 7 (64-bit) optimized for ...
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Python Development Project - Team working

We have a development project in Python (ArcGIS 10). This project involves a mixture of toolboxes, map templates, layer files, file geodatabase templates (acting as templates being imported into a ...
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What is the easiest way to copy a domain(and only the domain) between Esri geodatabases?

Sometimes I have the need to copy a domain(s) from one geodatabase to another (without the featureclass or table). In the past, I have accomplished this in a few different ways, but each method is ...
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What should a QGIS course for advanced ArcGIS users cover?

I will build a 16 hour (2 day) course on QGIS for ArcGIS users. The target users that breathe and sleep ArcGIS. As we're trying to reduce our costs, we're thinking of switching some people to QGIS and ...
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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 ...