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Creating map with same-area hexagonal polygons using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm trying to figure out (1) what this type of map linked here is called (I've been unable to find the name through search), and (2) whether there is an Arc tool that will transform a shapefile or ...
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Label point according to cartographic representation position instead of geometry

I have set up a cartographic representation on a point feature class, which simply offsets the point. I would like to label the point at the representation, not at its physical location. I had a look ...
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Masking in ArcMap

I have question on masking. I have vegetation group layer. Under vegetation group layer, there are 3 layer which are V_Vegetation_Miscellaneous_A, V_Vegetation_Agriculture_A, V_Vegetation_Forest_A. ...
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Matchlines with Data Driven Pages in ArcGIS

I have a map book created via the Data Driven Pages tool in ArcGIS. Specifically, I used the Strip Map option when I created the book. And I have employed the 'Angle' attribute of the index layer in ...
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How to create grid to divide large map into smaller sections using ArcGIS for Desktop?

This seems like it should be easy but I just can't find anything online that tells me how to do it. I have a map of small remnants of forest along creeks for an entire county in California. I need ...
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Can I reproduce this classic cartographic hillshade relief effect (hachures) electronically using modern DEM data?

I own a number of old cetral-European maps and I always liked the classic hand-drawn cartographic hillshade relief presentation that these maps feature. I am not wanting to reproduce the shading ...
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How to make a map showing the slopes of the terrain

I am not too familiar with techniques, and was looking for ways to make a slope map for a given area. It ended with finding this site and posting the question. We are in the process of zoning a new ...
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What Makes a Map Beautiful?

Often times when we make maps it is based on our subjective interpretation of what is aesthetically pleasing. I would like if people posted examples of beautiful maps, displaying any phenomena in any ...
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Set polygon boarders to transparent in python

I am creating automated maps in ArcGIS with a similair Python Code which can be found here: Map automation to iterate through attribute table using ArcPy? I cannot find out on how to set the ...
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Data Frame Property options have changed

I have Googled and searched ESRI help files and experimented until I am blue, not to mention reloading ArcGIS Desktop10 for Repair and adding the SP5 to it. I no longer have the options of border or ...
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How to join number of point features into attribute of nearest line segment using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have point shapefile with lot of attributes, that represent road accidents and line shapefile with highways. What i want is to join attribute into line shapefile with value, that represent number of ...
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Learning classical geography - recommended literature etc

I've been working in the field of GIS for a few years now, and there are some disciplines of knowledge where I lack a good degree of education. My educational background is that I've studied computer ...
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Network Diffusion Map

I am working on an interactive map which I vision to have a similar structure to diffusion networks. I have data to pin point an event and I would like to show those involved with said event, and ...
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Pink Tiled Map with Openlayers and Geoserver

I'm having a problem with the pink tiles when trying to display a map. I'm using Geoserver 2.6 . In the main html page , I reference to Openlayers with : This is how I define my layer : new ...
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Settings in ArcMap for exporting maps to be used in PowerPoint?

I was wondering if there are any good rules which can be adopted when making maps that are only going to be used digitally in PowerPoint, and what the best format to export is (tiffs, pdfs, jpegs)? ...
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How to create a map series of different rasters (same location, same legend)?

We have hundreds of raster images at the same location (same dimensions, pixel size, projection, etc.). We would like to display each one in its own map using the same legend with the same vector ...
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ArcGIS dot density for small areas

I'd like to use dot density to display some data in Arc, but the areas (polygons) I'm displaying it for are so small in some cases that I suspect the pattern is being misrepresented. If several ...
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MapServer Pixmap Symbol GAP for Park Polygon Layer

I have a Polygon layer (National Park) PNG Pixmap symbol (from Maki icon set) MapServer 5.6 If I use the PNG Pixmap symbol for my Polygon Layer, Mapserver fills the polygon layer with the png ...
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CartoDB example for Airport routes?

I am a developer and I wanted to make a website where I can draw route from on Airport location to another airport location. But the route should be using D3.js or carto db. I am new in this ...
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Adding Objects/Labels to Indoor Large Business Floor Plan

I have a PDF file of the internal floor plan of a large business building (~ 302x434 feet). This file has walls (exterior and interior), door swings, and furniture. There are no measurements or scales ...
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How to show forested areas in ArcMap

Was wondering if someone could give me some pointers for a project I am working on. I need to create a map to show nest sites for Coopers Hawk from 2001. I have lat/long data for each point I will ...
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Contour line density thinning

Would anyone know how to thin contour lines in high gradient areas such as a cliff face? Using Esri ArcGIS 10.1 with Maplex labeling engine.
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Show “layer name” as text in arcgis layout view (map)

I am trying to show the layer names of all visible layers in ArcGis 10.1 when creating a map in layout view. First I tried to use "insert legend" and show there only the layername, but I can't ...
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Raising height of a certain part of choropleth

I have a working choropleth map which shows number of patients in a certain coloured area. I want to raise the height of the specific area according to the patient count. The variable height is equal ...
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Exporting from ArcGIS 10.2 to PDF for editing in Inkscape-Where are the layers?

I'm trying to export a simple street map with markers from ArcGIS 10.2 to PDF for editing in Inkspace (Note: I've tried this with exports to .ai and SVG as well with results similar to those recounted ...
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Producing a Tiled, Interactive Map from Illustrator Data [duplicate]

Me: A newbie to the technical side of map making. I have extensive experience with Creative Suite apps and interactive and dynamic Flash, and some experience with interactive SVGs. The project: An ...
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Saving Graphics to map using WPF, C# and ArcGIS for Server?

I have everything working just like I need it to, but when I add a new graphic to the map it does not save it. So I will add it, close the application, and when I reopen it the graphic is gone. I have ...
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Optimal ArcGIS PDF export compression settings for raster topographic basemaps

There are a number of different compression options for exporting pdf files from ArcGIS (eg RLE, LZW, Deflate etc). But which is best for exporting raster topographic basemaps? Generally such maps ...
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Getting information out of an ArcGIS .lyr file

I'm using ArcGIS 10 and I downloaded a Raster layer from here: http://bioval.jrc.ec.europa.eu/products/glc2000/products.php When I unzip it I get the following files: 1 Aux-File (15KB) 1 ...
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How to link map to a timeline using Odyssey.js

Background info of our project: we are trying to do a vertical timeline that is linked to a map and story for web. Visuals are attached. We are using this plugin, ...
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Ohio State Plane to Lat/Lon

I've looked into a few other posts/libraries as far as converting between State Plane (Easting/Northing) to get a Lat/Lon value, however I've run into some trouble. I saw here ...
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How to display raster attributes by default in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a 4-bit thematic raster image with a color map from white to dark blue (Figure 1). The values 1 - 6 represent tree canopy cover at various breakpoints. I also created a raster attribute table ...
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ArcMAP Index Grid, feature list

I am creating a simple map of state owned lands in my County. I want to use a lookup table that I can use to list a number of attributes and associate with the FID between features on the map and the ...
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How do you change the map units returned on ArcGISRuntime 10.2.4 for .NET

I am working on a project that requires the frequent usage of feet as the expected unit of input and output. We're using the .NET SDK with the Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Controls.Mapview in WPF. Basically we ...
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How to plot lat/long stored as text in Oracle DB using report builder/SSRS r2

We use an Oracle 10g database. However we write reports using SSRS or report builder, using the Oracle connection type to the datbase. In oracle we have 2 text fields, one for lat and one for long. ...
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Resources for Learning 508 Compliance/Accessibility Requirements for GIS Figures

Does anyone know of any quality resources (books, papers, presentations, websites) for learning about 508 Compliance/Accessibility requirements in relation to cartography (GIS figures and templates)? ...
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Can QGIS place diagrams in map legend?

I have this map and I want to put these red circles in the legend of the map according to this form: Is there a way to do that in QGIS? Thanks
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How do I combine high resolution and generalized hillshade rasters to produce enhanced shaded relief?

I often add LiDAR data to a map along with a shaded relief. Most of the time i have to generalize the LiDAR dem depending on the scale of the map. Still, there is often too much detail and mountain ...
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Making a 3D map with shapefiles, lidar and aerial image data

I want to try to make a simple 3D map for a small area (10 square miles) with some housing, some roads and some vegetation on it. My geodata is as follows: shapes with houses/roads/vegetation. ...
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Why don't shapefiles online contain the coastline (country borders)?

I have searched everywhere and Geofabric has the best packages of shps yet doesn't have the coastline of countries. I'm talking about the line that demarcates a country i suppose they are called ...
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Calculating distance between latitude and longitude points using python

I have a database of 2000 points, which is in CSV format containing latitude and longitude. I want to find the distance between all these points, and then show these points in a map by using pyQGIS; I ...
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Simplifying road network for cartography?

How do I simplify and merge segments of a complex network for cartographic purposes? As you can see, i have a lots of segments and i want to merge and simplify to looks neat on a scale of 1: 100 000. ...
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Map production checklist for organisation

I would like to create a map production workflow list for my GIS colleagues at a local public authority. When someone orders a map, I would like to have a kind of check list where we can just run ...
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Colour coding by day - any conventions?

I'm working on a map showing on which days garbage is collected in different areas. That means it's pretty tempting to colour code each zone with a different colour representing a day of the week. ...
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Representing overlapping polylines in QGIS

I have several shapefiles representing bus lines with different colors for each segment, however, because the lines are exactly superposed, only the shapefile on top can be seen. Is there a way to ...
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How to create a transparent box in the map layout?

Is there a way to create a transparent box in the ArcGIS layout view similar to the one in the screenshot? I have tried without success adding a transparent box by inserting a neatline, adding a new ...
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How to convert a spatialpolygon to a SaptialPolygonsDataFrame and add a column to the atrribute table

coast<-readShapeSpatial("coastline.shp") landc<-readShapeSpatial("landcover.shp) ro<-readShapeSpatial("roads.shp") bc<-gBuffer(ro,width=100) landc$ratings=1 ...
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How to create a US map in R with separation between states and clear labels?

I was trying to figure out how to create a map like down below in R on the Stack Exchange but maybe that's the wrong community and the GIS side is a better spot. Currently, I'm able to add the ...
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Concentric Ellipses around polygons as a representation of density

I have someone who has given me a thumbnail of a map with some concentric ellipsoids placed in estimated high density locations for our business. One location has three, and two other location have ...
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Kriging to calculate forest biomass?

I am trying to create biomass map using Kriging from ground sample point. I have about 150 and 53 point plot for dense and sparse strata. The data is not normal so I have transformed it. After ...