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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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Good Symbology for Interactive Web Mapping

When a user clicks on a map what should they expect to see? I would say a symbol for where they clicked. A pushpin seems to be the most accepted icon for generic data. Google has pushed the upside ...
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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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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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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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Creating trade flow maps in ArcGIS for Desktop (or any free software)?

I am trying to represent trade flows on a world map where the size and direction of arrows indicate the exports/imports of a given country. This type of map is commonly found in magazines and ...
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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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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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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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How to obtain overlapping semi-transparent circles effect?

I have been trying to obtain the following markers effect. How can I do the same in ArcGIS (or any free software)? This image is from a book.
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Effectively displaying demographic data on a printed map

I would like to plot the following per zone (30 zones total) data on a printable/non interactive map: Average age Average household income Number of households Population density Number of people ...
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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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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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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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Color palette conventions

I wonder if there is a "unified" source for map color conventions, that GIS map builders are encouraged to follow? EDIT To clear up my question a bit. I'm more interested in the color <-with ...
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Examples of Beautiful Maps (at a county level or closer)

The Examples of Beautiful Maps question was outstanding and it gave us some great results. I was wondering if anyone else had similar examples, but at a county or parcel level. At those levels, I ...
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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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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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How to implement value-by-alpha map in GIS?

I've been doing some background reading about cartograms recently and stumbled upon interesting alternative - value-by-alpha maps. Concept is described in more details here and full paper is ...
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Is it possible to emulate “Swiss style” shaded relief with ArcGIS tools?

Is there a way to create a Swiss style (or other hand-shaded-like styles) shaded relief from a dem using ArcGIS tools alone?
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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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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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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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Discontinuous or Interrupted map projections?

Do any of the current open source GIS softwares support discontinous projection systems? E.g. sinusoidal, dymaxion, butterfly, etc? If not, are there any affordable commercial ones that do (affordable ...
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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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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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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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flex/AIR based SLD generator?

Styling layers in GeoServer can be tedious to say the least. While Styler can relieve some of that tedium, it doesn't yet work in chrome. It can wreck existing styles if not carefully used and still ...
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Placing all labels in ArcMap non-overlapped by extending arrow/line from label to point? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is a way to place all labels on a map non overlapping, but by extending an arrow/line from the label to the point. I've tried the call out box, but I couldn't find a way to ...