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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 ...