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Plotting a circle on a Web map to view the resulting coverage over a central location

Not exactly a GIS question but I hope no one will mind. Does anyone know of a website (something equivalent to Google Map) where you can indicate a location, give a radius and you can view the ...
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How to design class breaks for a time series of choropleth maps?

I'm working with a time series of choropleth maps showing the same indicator for the same administrative boundaries, but spanning period of nine years. What would be the most appropriate strategy of ...
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What does map scale refer to in map making / field survey metadata?

If I have, say, a printed map at the scale of 1:20000 and the legend says that it was mapped at a scale of 1:10000 does this simply mean, that the surveyors/cartographers made drafts & sketches or ...
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How to combine use gradient symbols for layer properties excluding 0?

I want to visualize my data by using graduated symbols. Now, there are some objects with value "0", they should not be printed on the map (which I solved by using rule-based symbols). But, anyway, "0" ...
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How much Water on Earth(USGS) : A Wrong Map representation?

I happened to read a USGS article, How much water is there on, in, and above the Earth? showing a representation of all the water(which includes water from Oceans, Seas,Bays,Ice caps, Glaciers, ...
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ESRI JS API - don't trigger onClick event when panning Map

I have a custom onClick handler for my map that is meant to add a point wherever the map is clicked. I'm finding that this function is triggered even when I click the map to pan. Is it possible to ...
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How long for surveying quality GPS to get accurate 3D position information

I recently read an Ordnance Survey Blog article that seemed to suggest that it was necessary to leave the GPS device in use for four hours to gather requisite data. I am aware that "domestic" GPS ...
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How to style a point based on Actual Attribute Values?

I have published a point layer in Geoserver, which is the data from a GPS Survey. In addition to the geometry, my layer, also contains an Attribute for Accuracy, which indicates the Accuracy in meters ...
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How to create a small globe locator map in QGIS?

I've tried searching on gis.stackexchange and elsewhere but can't seem to figure this one out though it seems simple enough. The type of locator I'm thinking of is similar to the one from the map in ...
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Where did the texture fill option go in QGIS 1.9 Master?

In the previous version (1.8) of QGIS you could select to fill a polygon using a PNG or JPG image. This option seems to have gone from QGIS 1.9 Master. I can get it by selecting the "Old Symbology" ...
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Overlapping lines representation

Cartography question. I do have administrative boundries for counties in polygon FC. What tool do I use to prioritise display of features. In example, when lines overlap- I want to show only 1 dashed ...
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Is there a way to show outlines in a multipatch feature in ArcScene?

When viewed in ArcMap 2D environment, multipatch faces are outlined. When viewed in ArcScene 2.5 D environment, multipatch faces are not outlined, yet the symbol in symbology properties still shows an ...
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Looking for good looking maps with nice colors for presentations

I'm currently working on a project where we need some good looking maps with country boundaries displaying the world. We do not need the details of the maps, but the colors are important. It will we ...
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Intensity/Bubble Map

So I have been tasked to create a visual map of case volume shipped to each region from each of our warehouses. I think the most effective way to visualize this data is to create an intensity (bubble) ...
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Preventing ArcMap from Clipping Neatline when Exporting Map

I cannot seem to keep ArcMap from clipping off a fraction of an inch on the edges of the maps I am exporting: I would like the 1.5 point border that is set for the legend to be uniform around the ...
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Adding a class for null value

I'm making a graduated style map and I would like to add a class that would represent null values. I can add a class for zero (0) value ... meaning some of the areas reported zero report, but some ...
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locating latitude-longitude point in a piste-map with matrix transforms

I am trying to plot points of a particular latitude longitude on this image of a Swiss mountainous landscape. What I am doing is I have some 54 known location-points plotted on this image (not ...
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Way to add 1km x 1km UTM grid onto online map service

Is there any exist services or way to add 1km x 1km UTM grid onto online map service such as Google Maps or OpenStreetMap?
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Black & White / Greyscale Maps and Illustrations

I think greyscale maps & illustrations (with geographic data) seem to be abandoned and the colour maps are mostly used nowadays. This is understandable and personally I also need less time to ...
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How to make beautiful maps in R?

There are quite some nice possibilities to analyse spatial data in R and in the context of my current project I would like to use R more frequently to do that. Until now I plot my maps with ggplot2 ...
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Examples of geovisualizations of global connectivity

I stumbled upon interesting visualization of global connectivity patterns: 'Major road and rail networks in Africa, along with transmission line and underwater cable data.' (Source, more ...
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How do I compare two maps to determine which is better?

I'm trying to do an objective comparison of two different maps for the same region. At the moment, I'm struggling with defining criteria that will allow me to do a dispassionate evaluation. Does ...
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Python package for Google Maps API v3?

I am looking for a Python package that can generate the JavaScript to display Google Maps API v3. I would like to integrate such package into a django website. I know pymaps exists but it's for ...
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polymaps & poly… polygons

I've been playing with Bing Maps + Polymaps recently. It has become apparent that Bing is the only mapping resource available to Polymaps that includes satellite imagery. Is this true? I am trying ...
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How to connect door nodes using a polyline

I am working on an indoor positioning project which need to transform CAD drawings to GIS shape files. I have transformed the file from CAD to ArcMap 10.1 already. My current problem is that how ...
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How to avoid colliding parallel lines in QGIS Composer

I am preparing a map which is concerned with showing two line features and there relative location to each other. The line features are 20 m apart and at a scale of 1:50 000 or bigger on A3 I want to ...
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How to print pie charts in QGIS?

I added pie charts via text-file to my map. When printing the map they get lost. Does anyone know how to print them? QGIS also seems to delet some charts, when there are to many at one place. Does ...
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How can I render latitude-longitude coordinates on a map with D3?

I am trying to overlay dots of arbitrary sets of longitude-latitude coordinates on top of a United States map. So far I have found the D3 cartography example, but when I try to place dots on X,Y ...
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Offline Map - QGraphicsGeo

I’ve realized a desktop application based on Qt Mobility for displaying maps and adds some landmarks in real-time (like QGeoMapObject). I've to see the track of some vehicles... I've used the code ...
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Map automation, create and populate inset maps for densely-labelled areas

I would like to know if it is possible to automate the example in the picture below, unlike the picture below i'm using vector data. I would like for a fixed scale generate map, but when labels are ...
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How to colour polygons with a completely transparent fill using MapServer?

Is it possible to fill polygons so that they are completely transparent in MapServer? I want to have a black background that is slightly opaque, and wherever there is a polygon I want that to be ...
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Intersection between two SpatialPolygonsDataFrame using gIntersection function in R

I want to select a subset of my map (a SpatialPolygonsDataFrame) to create a new vector map = part of the initial map included inside a given polygon (eventually, inside several polygons). I have a ...
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Can you print cross-hatch area fills like they appear on screen?

I'm trying to use a cross-hatch symbol on polygons in QGIS. When displayed on screen, they look just fine - both in the map and in the composer. The problem is when they are rendered to an image and/...
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How to present three spatial variables in one map? [closed]

I want to assign 3 category of variables in a single map. In other words, I have to produce a cartographic visualization of the damage including a legend listing: damaged surface area in the ...
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How can I make segmented roads appear as one line?

I am footling around with Quantum GIS and the British OS Strategi dataset. If I render the roads with a simple line style they look fine: However, if I apply something slightly fancier, it looks ...
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Need help in how to map ZIP codes data by year [closed]

I'd like to build a graphic showing where city employees live, based on their date of hire. I have a list showing the hire date and the ZIP code for each employee. There are about 4,000 employees. I ...
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Is there an easy way to taper huge amounts of drainage vectors?

I've performed hydrological analysis using r.watershed using GRASS and now I have some stream vectors for a large area. Next, I'm planning to taper these streams to varying width to make them appear ...
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Transform csv-coordinates into area

I'm working with an inventory of a species in Southern Sweden. I have recorded my findings (together with coordinates, name of the species and year of finding) and created a CSV-file with i have ...
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Is the quadrilateralized spherical cube map projection the same as Snyder's cubic equal area map projection?

Is the quadrilateralized spherical cube map projection [1] the same as Snyder's cubic equal area map projection [2]? I know both are equal area polyhedral map projections ( http://www.progonos.com/...
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Dynamically change zoom level of overview map to fit with current extent in DDP

I am using DDP pages in a large mapset with pages ranging from 1:7500 to 1:130,000 and the overview map is zoomed out to far to see some of the smaller zones. Is it possible to set the overview map to ...
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How to improve the cartographic design of graticules?

The attached image shows a conflict between the graticule and the state boundary on a map. I have not found a way to display user-defined lines of latitude, which would solve the 42 degree line ...
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Making a Map with a Legend as a .pdf Without a White Background

I have a shapefile of United States counties. I also have an Excel file of the share of the black population in each county. I'd like to make a map of this using GIS. (Before you say that there are ...
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What are the “must read” academic articles every GIS professional should read?

There was a related question a while back that dealt with the top GIS blogs, but I'm also very interested in "academic" sources of GIS information. I'm currently updating my repository of information ...
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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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How do you create Revision Table in Arcmap for OSM contribution?

I have created the following detailed file for upload to OSM in ArcMap but don't know about creating a OSM Revision Table to be able to put the data into OSM. At 1:10,000 At 1:1000 The tool ...
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How to uncheck toggle button in mapbasic?

I want to check un check togglebutton but I don't know how to alter using mapbasic. Is there any command to alter it? I could not find it in MapInfo user guide. I have command: Alter Button But ...
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Cartographic technique for detailing a 'Focus Area'

I'm working on updating a planning document. Whoever was in charge of cartography last time around used a great technique to identify and showcase focus areas (where to focus money and effort for ...
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Getting a constant background color for transparency

I am creating a series of tif files at 1:10k scale over a vast area (760 tiles) using arcpy.mapping.ExportToTIFF and then stitch them together to create a single ecw. The output looks ok but when I ...
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Crime mapping symbology

Are there any standard, publicly available symbol sets for crime mapping? What are their intended applications and their strengths and weaknesses?