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How to account for Colour Blindness when designing maps?

Depending on what you read, 7 to 15% of the general population has some form of colour blindness. That's a significant amount of people. Do you try to account for this in your map designs? If so, how? ...
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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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Create a .mbtile from … what source?

I am attempting to create a .MBTile file to create a map in an IOS application. If you look at the above image. this "World map" comes from a .MBTile file named "Georgraphy_class" I would like to ...
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How do I make a map where overlapping symbols increase Opacity?

I was looking at some maps like: Map from Ship Logs or the Facebook worldwide friendships Mapped (via the Flowing Data blog) These Maps look good because single lines are almost transparent, and ...
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Poster or Map Presentation Guidelines?

Is there a website that will guide me through for various kind of paper size to create a/ or several presentation for digital or hardcopy maps/ or poster with different fonts, display area, title and ...
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Where can I find open source bulk US DEM or imagery?

I am looking to create terrain hillshading for my maps that contain a small region of the US. I intend to show about eight to ten states at a time (at about ~1:5,000,000 scale). It has been some ...
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Urban Hydrology Using With GIS

I'm researching how can I create a model urban floodplain depending on rainfall. And Which programme should I use? I want to show floodplain depending on temporal and spatial distribution on study ...
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Why is the OSM map itself is not visible in my qgis window?

I'm new in working with QGIS. I have tried to download an OSM map of Rome and its surroundings into my QGIS. As far as I am concerned, I have followed each step which I could find on various ...
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How to create transparent text?

I am trying to insert a watermark into a map using ArcGIS. As you can see from the screenshot, I have the text in place, although I need to make the text transparent (e.g. 50% transparency). I used ...
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Superposition of two cached maps with Android SDK

I'm developping an Android Application with ArcGIS Runtime For Android, i wish to know if it's possible to superpose 2 cached maps from 2 diffrent WMS and store them in mobil.
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Breaking a range of values into buckets for a gradient

If I have a range of values and want to make a choropleth map with a gradient, what algorithms are out there to determine the value ranges for the different colors in the gradient? For example, if I ...
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Good websites for map-lovers?

Do you know some good websites for map-lovers? I often visit strange-maps, cool-maps, makingmaps and hipkiss.org. Do you know others?
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How to build a map that highlights only one state?

I'm a journalist working on maps of several Alaska databases. I'm learning as I go and have a question that's probably very basic, but very important for my projects: Using CartoDB, how can I create ...
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Equatorial Scale

I have seen Equatorial Scale written along with the RF on the World Map in many Atlases, for eg., "Equatorial Scale 1:95 000 000". What does this Equatorial Scale mean and what is the significance of ...
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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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Hover effects using CartoCSS: Is this possible?

I'm trying to make a simple map of parcels in TileMill. Right now when I hover over a parcel, the information for that parcel appears in a teaser. That's simple enough. However, when working with ...
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What is the web map marker called?

I'm referring to this icon I'm just curious as to its origins and what the name of the symbol is. If memory serves, Google Maps introduced it and the other mapping libraries adopted it. Would ...
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Mapping Superfund Sites using ArcGIS for Desktop? [closed]

I am trying to create a map of all Superfund sites in the U.S., and of course it isn't as easy as I thought it would be. I think I have downloaded all the necessary information, but can't figure put ...
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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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Alternative to Symmetrical Difference (Analysis) in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am trying to create a buffer that includes the green buffer where it is not intersected by the purple buffer (Purple buffer is mostly under the green buffer). I don't have the symmetrical ...
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D3.js cannot render my geoJSON file

I've been trying to draw maps using the d3.js library in a manner similar to that below. <script> //Width and height var w = 500; var h = 300; //Define path ...
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Stream Link (Spatial Analyst)

I implement "stream link" algorithm with Hydrology Tools in ArcGIS. It generates unique values to sections of a raster linear network between intersections. Which method does it use? How does it work? ...
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Supporting NON GIS capable people to draw/make maps?

As GIS/cartography capable people... what do you advise when faced with "can you show me how to make a simple map?" questions from non-GIS capable people? Some answers I can think of (depending on the ...
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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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create a weight raster for a hydrology analysis

I determine affecting parameters of flood flow ( evaporation,vegetation,soil type, rainfall etc.). Then, I start to analysis using Arc Hydro. How do I relate among of affecting parameters? How can ...
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How can I map data points to OpenStreetMap (OSM) line data?

my goal is to filter measuring points of vehicles by mapping them to streets. So I could filter out all the false data located in fields and rivers and so on. I imported my data into a PostGIS ...
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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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Legend and coloring of markers with plotGoogleMaps in R

I have a data frame (X) that looks like this: code cluster name longt latit 101 1 A -89.6171 35.24992 105 1 B -90.0154 35.10510 106 2 C ...
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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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Printable Esri symbol sets, a.k.a. style references [duplicate]

Does anyone know of good printable documents of the as-shipped Esri symbol sets, also called Style References? The new with Arcgis 10 ability to search symbol sets is a great boon, but one can still ...
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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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How to select a line from a osm shape by osm_id

I'm using TileMill to make a map, but I can't seem to be able to format a specific item with a specific osm_id via mss. I have a shape file added as a layer #line: Then, in the features list of ...
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GRID in MapInfo

I just want to ask for assistance how to create Grid thematic map in map info. I have 5 different points.with different color code. kindly please give the step by step. and im using Map Info.12. ...
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Can CartoDB read data that are hosted locally?

Can CartoDB read from tables/data hosted on a local machine and not necessarily uploaded to CartoDB's website?
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Disable Mobile Canvas

Is it possible to disable the mobile canvas in CartoDB when using the embedded maps? When I add extra text to a legend and define the the width of it, the legend isn't displayed correctly on the ...
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Automatically creating index features for a strip map in QGIS

Is there a free/open source equivalent ArcGIS's Strip Map Index Features geoprocessing tool? I'd like to use QGIS's "Atlas" mapbook functionality, but creating the index layer manually would be ...
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Looking for guidance to create a hydrological map with QGIS and/or GRASS

I have QGIS and GRASS installed . Basically i need this program for making maps something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HuPX7JS7ZA I downloaded DEM from ...
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Generating Layercube Format

If not using CartoDB to host your data, how can we modify the input parameters to point toward a layercube file,, and how to generate that file?
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How do I overlay a KML on leaflet 0.4.4

I am using Leaflet 0.4.4, I have a KML I would like to overlay on the map, how do I go about doing this? Edit: I am already aware of https://github.com/CloudMade/Leaflet/issues/14, which directs ...
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How to create shape file and show in map using Python?

I have calculated distance between longitude and latitude by import .csv using python. Now I want to show this points or distance between points in map. So how can i do it by using only python? and ...
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Print Selected Area in Map in Arcgis javascript API

I'm working on arcgis javascript api, and I'm trying to implement a selection print tool, I'm new to this api, and don't know how to select area of the map, and after that, print the selected drawn ...
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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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Is it possible to draw a 3D Choropleth Map in ArcGIS?

What I have in mind is something like these two examples below: Also, if it is not possible to create a 3D choropleth map in ArcGIS, is there some other GIS software package that can draw 3D ...
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Is there a name for deformation-based maps?

I have already seen maps using deformation to visualize information. For example, this map shows temporal distance between some French cities when traveling by train: Is there a name for this kind ...
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Using the “Propagate Displacment” Tool, to what degree are graphic conflicts solved

In our cartographic production process, we use the "Resolve Road Conflict" Tool to displace road features that have graphic conflicts. Next to the displaced roads this tool also creates Polygons as ...
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What are good colour schemes for large density flow maps?

I came across nice QGIS tutorial for mapping flows. In contrast to Alasdair, I have zero talent in colour choice. Can anybody recommend some good starting points for nice colour schemes (I'd be ...
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Where can I find road attribute and network for New York City?

Is there any possible to find the attribute of each road (such as road capacity, speed, longitude and latitude.) in New York City ? Thanks
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Are there any convenient sources of color palettes to use in ArcGIS software while producing maps?

Are there any convenient sources of color palettes to use in ArcGIS software while producing maps?
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Creating Land Use Change Map in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I need to create a map with multiple dataframes showing the percent change in land use - one each for agriculture, developed, and forest. Percent change has to be labeled on each county and color ...
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Manually classifying graduated data outside of range in ArcGIS

I have two shapefiles representing grids with values that are symbolized with graduated colors, shown below: You can see that the two shapefiles encompass similar ranges of data, but assign ...