Best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark.

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What is a simple python code to practice with in arcgis? [closed]

I am trying to familiarize myself with python code. Could someone give me a simple code with an explanation of what it does so I can practice? Or a few codes with explanations if you have the time
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I need help with CartoDB, time slider and general concepts.

I would like to have some help/advice concerning a mapping project with CartoDB. English is not my first language, so sorry for any syntax bug. Here's the background. I have a degree in ...
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Reverse Geocoding - calculate every time, or store result in database?

Several questions, such as this one, discuss whether to store only lat/long in the database & calculate the street address every time it is needed, but they seem to miss a few points & seem to ...
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Enterprise License Server Management

I was hoping to get some information from others who have deployed an enterprise GIS License Manager for ArcGIS 10.x software. Honestly, I would like to see if our current setup is adequate or if we ...
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Best Practices : ArcGIS for Javascript

I have just started developing with ArcGIS for Javascript and as I'm learning Dojo I'm seeing a reason to modularize development for a more plug-n-play concept. I can't seem to find any good articles ...
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What is the OGC way of representing Related features?

I have a point shapefile of Persons (The point is located at the registered address of the person) and a polygon shapefile of parcels. There is an owner_id attribute in the parcels shapefile, which ...
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OpenLayers Handle Tile Load Failure

This is a question about a best practice. In my application, I am consuming a WMS layer. However, I would like to be able to gracefully fail if the service doesn't respond to a request. Instead of a ...
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Best practices and examples of web maps of polar regions

I am looking for examples of web maps focusing on polar regions (Arctic or Antarctic) preferably using a polar projection. What could be best practices to follow for such web mapping applications? Any ...
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What are the Server Hardware Needs for Using ArcGIS Desktop in a Citrix Environment?

We are currently ramping up our ArcGIS Desktop usage and capacity in a Citrix environment and I am wondering if there is some good documentation available regarding best practices for Citrix server ...
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Advice in setting up foundational OSGeo enterprise GIS

First let me describe the task: My lab has approached me about setting up a simple GIS for a colleagues 'non-spatial' lab. There are a couple of key characteristics to the intended setup: Fully open ...
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What are the guidelines for the use of non-contiguous cartograms?

The non-contiguous cartogram seems to solve a lot of the area distortions seen with traditional cartograms, while preserving the ability to identify areas by their shape lost with Dorling or Demers ...
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Is it better to define object properties or layer properties?

I have a question, but it is difficult to phrase. I am picking up GIS methods as I go, and I have run into this problem frequently. Please excuse me if I am in the wrong place. When organizing ...
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Does a Scanned Map have to be georeferenced in the projection of the original Source?

I have a historic paper map for the Indian Sub-continent which has been scanned. The Map is in Albers Equal Area Conical projection, and has the latitude and longitude grid on it. I was trying to ...
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What's the convention for “upside down” labels?

I have line features that are to be used for labels. These lines are correctly oriented(rotated) and positioned such that text placed on them should give a good cartographic output. Compare the below ...
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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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ArcGIS Server: Better to have one massive map service or multiple smaller services?

I have a Silverlight application that consumes around 30 map service layers at different types. The service layers are categorized based on type and only applicable to certain screens of the ...
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What are the Best-practices for deploying services, data, & code to an ArcGIS production server?

We have a production GIS viewer that runs on a production server. Testing new development/data is done on a test server and we develop on a different server also. At the moment, a lot of the ...
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Literature on public transit network connectivity metrics

Are you aware of any literature or best practices for measuring the connectivity of a public transit network, taking both route geometry and the schedule into account? In other words, I'd like to ...
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Lots of layers in one or multiple services? (and why)

I have a conundrum that I am getting mixed advice on how to go about. Therefore id like to put it to GIS-SE for some justified answers. Scenario: Client has a web mapping application. Does not ...
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.Net Solution Structure for ArcObjects and Geodatabase programming

OK - I understand that this is a bit subjective - but you're the best community forum I've got! So, we are talking about starting a fresh customisation for ArcGIS or a Windows app using Engine. I ...
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Looking for best practices for GIS file systems [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Organization and tidiness issues - How do you deal with multiple copies of layers? I'm trying to organize my GIS data in a file system. I work with DTED (0,1,2), raster ...
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Best practices for identifying training sites

Prior to image classification, collection of training sites and obtaining a signature file is the most critical step. Field visits with a reliable GPS Unit is usually the first step followed by ...
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Is there a standardized or “most used” dummy Z value?

Creating and importing both 2D and 3D data, I have many times encountered the situation where I have no Z value for a coordinate set, that the value of a Z coordinate seems out of range (like -99, ...
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ArcSDE Best Practices; Your thoughts

After spending a little time Googling for ArcSDE management best practices, I came up empty handed. I have a good understanding of Spatial Databases and their management having implemented several ...
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What qualifications should an auditor have if they plan on auditing a GIS?

Background summary: Various systems are being audited and GIS is the next to be audited. The initial kick-off for the audit was a meeting between me and a single auditor. Initially, I thought it was ...
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Color palette conventions

I wonder if there is a "unified" source for map color conventions, that GIS map builders are encouraged to follow? EDIT To clear up my question a bit. I'm more interested in the color <-with ...
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Best practices for organization and tidiness - How do you deal with multiple copies of layers?

Back in the days when I was in the university I had a "Organization and tidiness" problem – I was unorganized and kept my layers in different folders without distinct names and hence had multiple ...
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Best practices for visualizing speed

Imagine you're tracking, for example, vehicle or animal movement and receive regular GPS position updates. How would you visualize speed of movement on a static (= printable) map? I've been coloring ...
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What are some best practices for managing large amounts of geospatial data?

How do you manage your geospatial data? I have terabytes of data spread out over hundreds of datasets, and have an ad-hoc solution using symbolic links within projects which link back to an ...
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What is the best practice for visualisation of a spatio-temporal data set?

I'm investigating visualisation of a spatio-temporal data-set. What examples are available, online or offline, of high-quality spatio-temporal data visualisation?