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How to point out a city from a map image of world with longitude and latitude?

have a map image 800px wide. How can I figure out a city. like New York has 40.75 latitude and -73.98 longitude. I have to pin a mark over this point. Before I have done with x_axis and y_axis which ...
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ArcGIS: Maintaining the same layer styles over multiple data frames

Let's say you have a map with three or four data frames. In each data frame there is the same road layer. Is there a way to ensure that all the symbology/labeling/annotation is the same for that layer ...
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What is your workflow for designing “antique” maps?

I currently work with ArcGIS 9.3 and have decent competence with Adobe CS4-5 of Photoshop and Illustrator. I'm more than happy to branch out to other software. Essentially, I'd like to get really ...
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How to find which table has layer in mapinfo?

Is it possible to find if table has layer Or print list of layers? Edit:: I have a table when I selete some data from table like: Select * from earth where population >100 Then it create new ...
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GeoTools Dynamic Layer

I need to change the features of a MapLayer in real-time but I don't know how I can update/refresh/repaint the layer on the map without having to remove it and add it again (which creates flickering). ...
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How to manipulate select query in mapinfo so that it does not high light the selected data?

I have select query in a button but I don't want user to see the way I am changing the map coordinate while selecting specific points and adding a layer. How is it possible to do that in a button ? ...
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What kind of table is bingHybrid?

I closed all table but I don't wan't to close underlying map eg like bingHybrid in mapinfo. How to prevent. Any detail about there map and way to handle while closing layers would be appreciated.
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How to add custom Icon to buttons on buttonpads in mapinfo?

I have made buttons with icons availabe in mapinfo but now i want to add custom icon. Is it possible my code is as follows: Include "icons.def" Declare Sub Main Declare Sub button_prompt Sub ...
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Can I change the font type in all Text_Elements in a page?

I want to change all the font styles in a number of mxd's from "Lucinda Sans" or whatever the current one is to "Arial" without changing the font size. I wrote a simple script to find/replace text ...
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What are the best ways to connect two coordinates on mapinfo?

I have with the help of this forum drawn a coordinate system with longitude and latitude at different location. I am trying to connect these sites what is the best way to connect. Is it just drawing ...
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How to display Lidar Data in ee0 (Interchange File) on Maps

Hi I have Lidar data in ee0 files (interchange files). Can i ovaerlay them on some maps like say Bing Maps or Geoserver with Open Layers? If yes whats the right way of doing it? Thanks
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Create shape file of bookmark extents and/or automatically print bookmark extents to pdf

Is it possible to export the extents of all bookmarks in an active map document to a shape file containing the polygons of the shape and/or to automate the print to pdf of all the bookmark extents. ...
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How can I generate a high resolution rendering of the globe?

I am building an ANSI E poster size map collection and would like to add a nice rendering of the globe to the maps indicating the approximate position of the region on the globe. The problem is that ...
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Is it easy to digitize in ArcGIS using the Wacom tablet?

I do just enough digitizing (and touching up/ drawing when post-processing) to perhaps warrant the purchase of a Wacom tablet. Just wondering how well it plays with ArcGIS. What are your experiences? ...
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What software to use as an all-around solution for mining GIS?

My employer wants me to look into constructing geology maps, modeling 3D subsurface geological formations, producing geological cross sections and other mining related products from various drill hole ...
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Why do Web ADF Map and MapResourceManager maintain their state in session this way?

I'm using ArcGIS Server Local datasource. ArcGIS Web ADF MapResourceManager control maintains resources added once until session is abandoned. Why does it do so? Why not just use viewstate? Map ...
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Replace text using python in active map view

I would like to update misc text in an active map window but can't seem to crack the code and I found some presentations that mention it can be done but the full code isn't there. The following is ...
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Why are there both square and rectangle world maps?

When i search for images of earth divides to longitude ans latitudes seems that the are 2 major types: is a perfect square and the latitudes in it are grow a different rate from the equator to up ...
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Examples of geospatial scientific posters

Can you point me to examples of interesting scientific posters featuring results of geospatial analysis and/or geovisualizations?
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Can a mask layer in advanced drawing options be easily reversed?

I wonder if there is an solution to my crude workaround. I use often use the Advanced Drawing Options to mask items such as line underneath a contour label, etc. I am continually running into ...
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Realtime vector engine

Hey guys, I am looking for a real-time GIS vector engine that is to be used on a device using Embedded Linux/Qt (commercial or opensource). Any suggestions? Thanks. The usecase is a non-certified ...
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Dividing the world space to geographic sub-space

I am trying to divide the world space to geographic sub-space from "general" to "specific" locations and without using latitude and longitude information. That is, I am trying to think about the world ...
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Where can I download a map of the world for kids

I would like to download and plot some kind of fun (large) illustrated map of the world or Canada (with animals/ dinosaurs / points of interest, etc.) for my son's preschool cartography class. Anyone ...
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Are there water/wastewater utility GIS symbols for electronic markers?

I hesitate to ask for standard symbols, but is there a de facto standard symbol(s)? Or a popular set of symbols to use for electronic markers? Our utility will soon start marking with electronic ...
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How do you create Map Tips with Flex?

I'd like to have Map Tips display when a user hovers over or clicks on a feature in my Flex Application. Would I do this in the authoring stage or is there code I write into my Flex application??? ...
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QGIS- How to create an “area of interest” polygon mask

I've created a GP tool using ArcGIS that creates an "area of interest" mask from selected features. Effectively it creates a new donut polygon layer where the hole was the previously selected ...
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Is there an international standard with GIS symbols for power distribution objects?

Like I said in title, Im wondering if there is a standard that points out symbols for power distribution objects, power plants etc... Thanks
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Is there a recomended method for symbolizing inland lakes, streams and rivers in a topographic map?

I produce a lot of maps with inland lakes, rivers and streams overlaid over a dem surface symbolized with a color graduation (green for lows and brown for higher elevations) I also use a ...
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Maps, black and white/ gray scale printing

I'm working on Mapserver to do beautiful maps with AGG rendering Until now, I've only thought about the best way to get color maps. Now, I have to think how to make color ones compatible with a grey ...
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Fitting a word/tag cloud into geographic boundaries

Are there any available tools or a recommend methods for displaying a tag or word cloud (also know as wordle) onto a world map, much like in this example: Map: United States of surnames? (There may be ...
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What's the most promising application (use) of OpenStreetMap data?

In some areas OSM data is very complete and has a level of detail not seen in closed data sources. Another distinguishing factor is that it contains the knowledge of the people who live in that areas. ...
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Free Mercator, Vector Maps

Are there any free, vector, mercator projection maps available online? I'm not wanting satellite imagery, but more a stylized map along the lines of this: However, I need it to be vector-based such ...
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What User Testing techniques do you use?

In producing dynamic maps for students/users I have found the time invested in user testing well worth it. I use a varient of think aloud protocol called hallway testing. I grab any 2 or 3 likely ...
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Segmentation Fault (segfault) when using OGR CreateField() in Python

Receiving a segfault when running this very short script in Ubuntu. from osgeo import ogr, osr shpfile = 'Census_County_TIGER00_IN.shp' def cust_field(field): '''cust_field(shpfile, field) ...
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Designing Better Maps

Using this chart, enhanced my presentations and presentation skills: found on Extreme Presentation Method. How would you modify this chart to be directly related to map design?
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World map projection with United States in center

I am creating a map showing flight paths originating in the United States and traveling to Asia and Europe. I need a projection for the world that will focus the United States in the center of the ...
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How to speed-up Dynamic Map services?

I am working on a ESRI Flex based application that will display data from a Dynamic Map Service. It need to be Dynamic, since the end user should have the option to turn on & off layers. This is ...
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Are North Arrows Pointless?

A recent post on Cartastrophe refers to a "Worldwide Campaign to Eliminate Needless North Arrows." So when, if ever, are North arrows necessary? As an interesting aside the concept of North being ...
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Is it possible to sync the extents of two open mxds?

I've never seen it, and it's not vital, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to sync the extents of two open mxds? I'm pulling an old ims service into one mxd, and have another mxd open that i ...
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Is there a standard for displaying US vs. State highways on map?

My question is whether anyone is aware of a standard for how State roads, US roads and interstates should be displayed on a map? Not the label, but standards for the color and width of the symbology ...
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Are there any good alternatives to the Maplex (ESRI) labeling engine?

I am running ArcGIS 10 (ArcView) with the standard labeling engine. I am very familiar with Maplex and have used it in the past but it still lacked the "feature-linked" functionality given the type of ...
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How do I resolve line outlines jutting into other lines in Mapnik/Cascadenik

We are designing a basemap, and I am trying to resolve a problem with outlines that comes up in roads. The idea is to have lighter colors roads, but they don't get pushed out far enough with our light ...
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Rendering overlapping lines

I am making a map containing information about public transportation: busses, trams, etc. The map will have a layer containing for example the tram lines. Each line has its own colour, and is ...
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What are “M” point locations on the NOAA forcecast cone map?

I don't think I've ever noticed M before. H and S are Hurricane and Tropical Storm.
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Is there a way to “disperse markers” across multiple point layers?

I have a bunch of point layers which often have overlapping features. The disperse markers geoprocessing tool works within a layer but is there a way to do it across more than one layer, so none of ...
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Symbology rotation

I am using arcgis 9.3, windows xp and want to know if it's possible to have symbology in my polygons not rotate with data frame when I switch between mapsheets in my map series? Any help would be ...