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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 ...
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How to export subset of data in QGIS to DXF

I have QGIS loaded with multiple layers. I want to save to .dxf but the map is so massive it results in a very large file. I only need a small portion of the map, so I was wondering how I can crop the ...
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Calculating distance between latitude and longitude by using python

I have a database of 2000 points, which is in csv format of latitude and longitude. I want to find distance between these points all at once. And also showing these points in Map by using only pyQGIS. ...
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mapbox layer in ESRI API

I am building an application primarily with the ESRI API, but would like to load a mapbox tilelayer to use as the basemap as they are just so much more pleasing cartographically. I dont want to change ...
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How to import a map consisting of pictures

I want to built some sort of Fantasy Map with Quantum GIS. The whole map is built out of 128x128 single pictures, 16384 in total. It should be a flat map. How do I import these pictures and align ...
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georeference a grid by using a script

I've got an image and a set of coordinates, which represent a grid, that looks similar to this: What I'm looking for is a script, that would transform my image, by using such a grid. Edit: My ...
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How to create a transparent box in the map layout?

Is there a way to create a transparent box in the ArcGIS layout view similar to the one in the screenshot? I have tried without success adding a transparent box by inserting a neatline, adding a new ...
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Can't change Data Frame display units in ArcMap 10

Last week, I went to View -> Data Frame Properties... -> General tab to change the data frame map display units from Decimal Degrees to Degrees Decimal Minutes. (the Map Units were still in Decimal ...
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QGIS 2.4.0-Chugiak: How to threshold NDVI to calculate emissivity for land surface temperature

I am analysing urban heat island using thermal band 6 of landsat TM-5 sensor with respect to Normalized difference vegetation index that derived from the Band 3(Red) and Band 4(NIR). Lansat TM years ...
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Why my map just grayscale mode after use MRT?

i just follow the step to change .hdf file to geotiff file from this site http://duncanjg.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/loading-modis-ndvi-time-series-into-postgis-raster/#comment-1214 and i use data from ...
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How to cartographically represent water flow?

I am modelling water flow on steep slopes for an erosion study. You can see from the screenshot the results from the ArcGIS-based flow analysis. To produce these flow lines, I generated a ...
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Altering graticule intervals logically in varying map scales using ArcPy and/or Data Driven Pages?

This question appears on many sites and I was wondering if there was a script that is now available that resolves it? Please also upvote the ArcGIS Idea that Reference grids/graticules should be ...
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Sourcing GIS data from First World War (WW1)?

Simple question, but does anyone know where I can get some detailed (eg 1:10m scale) vector data from the First World War? I've been through the archives here, but it seems the best sites for it ...
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GeoServer Label Placement - Place Always Inside Polygon

Is there a way within the SLD to ensure that the label always appears within the polygon? For example, in odd shaped polygons (with a hole, or a horseshoe shape) my labels are sitting outside. I'd ...
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Appropriate reference system for small-scale mapping of the Middle East

I want to create a thematic map of the Middle East that displays certain historic places and regions on a small-scale map (between 1:6.000.0000 and 1:12.000.000). The map has to center the boundary ...
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Making world map to show where hole drilled through centre of Earth starts/ends on land vs water?

I am discussing drilling through the Earth with my students. The classic cartoon version has a person drilling down in the United States and coming up in China, which has to be wrong because drilling ...
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Best sites to create a collaborative map?

I need to suggest a tool to build a map together, ie. let multiple users add POIs and routes on a map. I know about OSM-based Umap but are there other online tools I should know about?
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Trying to make a depth map of a lake but can't get the contours to show up right

I am trying to make a depth map of a lake. I am using the contour plugin to generate contour lines. The problem I am having is that when I use the plugin the contours come out right except on the ...
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Formula for charting a course around the globe, given a location and degree heading?

I'm looking for a formula that takes a long/lat coordinate and a degree heading, (e.g. "I'm standing in San Francisco and I'm facing 45º from north"), and which can draw a line across a map projecting ...
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How to create a map colored by distance to nearest point in R

I'm new to GIS and R-- hope this question makes sense. I have a dataframe(geo07) containing two variables that record the long/lat values for about 6000 points (mat_long & mat_lat). These ...
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Geo-referencing an old map

I'm trying to georeference this part of an old map of Indochina. . The full extent gives more information: . To do so, I used QGIS and tried to infere the datum, I tried "Unknown datum based on ...
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setting Arcgis world imagery as data source for a mosaic data set

I have created a mosaic data set and want to set esri world imagery basemap as my data source but i am unable to connect to the server can anyone help
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cartodb.js highlight the polygons on mouse hover for Google map v3

We are using cartodb.js with Google map v3. We are trying to highlight the polygons on mouse-hover. Is there a way to highlight the polygon on Google map using cartodb layer?
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Display two-dimensional color gradient for two different quantities

I have two overlapping raster layers. One contains quantity A from 0 to 100, and the other contains quantity B from 0 to 100. I'd like to create a map displaying both sets of data at once based on a ...
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Creating REST map services from external web services - how can it be done?

I am not sure if the terminology is correct here so apologies in advance. I am working towards creating REST map services for a map view and part of this work includes developing map services on ...
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Is there any way to create a legend from label classes or annotations in ArcGIS 10.2.2?

I have a single "geonames" layer with 56 label classes and another few layers with around 10 label classes. Each class has a different font and colour or graphic. I would like to add most of these ...
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Automate Splitting Polygons Into Sections

I've searched for similar problems on this topic but can't find a solution. I need to split many, many, many cemetery sections into 8 (mostly) equal pieces each. Each section is for the most part ...
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How to plot a full hemispheric orthographic projection in R

I want to make a plot like that using R: All I want is the country borders as seen from outer space, no fancy colors needed. It seems I need to use the spTransform function, but it gives me a "non ...
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Curved Arrows showing trade ARCGIS 10.2 [duplicate]

I have 10 points that represent the centres of countries. I want to show with arrows the flow (some kind of trade) from one country to another. The way that my table of attributes is constructed is ...
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Creating distributive flow line map showing movement of passengers from bus terminal to several destinations?

I'm writing my final year B.Sc thesis on transportation (pattern of passenger flow from a bus terminal to several destinations). I intend to use a distributive flow line method of spatial movement ...
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Flow Mapping Lines by Magnitude

I am attempting to map the flow of remittances into Japan using the FlowMapper plugin in QGIS. When I use the Style--> Advanced--> Size Scale field--> magnitude command, the lines become so thick ...
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How to create desire lines in QGIS?

How can I show the flow coming from an Origin-Destination matrix as desire lines? I need a result like the one in the picture below. I need to scale them proportionally to its value (coming from a ...
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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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Why has an orthographic projection been used in this NatGeo map?

I'm wondering why this maps uses an orthographic projection, resulting in 3 maps to view the whole world. What were the requirements or the reasons to choose this projection (why not Mercator ) ? ...
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Help embedding Openlayers map in Eclipse BIRT report

i have this code, it displays the zoom buttons only but it doesnt display my map. what could be the problem? <html> <head> <script ...
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How to represent several points with same coordinates on map? [duplicate]

I'm working on Arcgis 10. I have a point shapefile representing events with several points having coinciding coordinates (They have the same coordinates). For representing them in a dynamic way, I ...
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How to represent overlapping lines in ArcGIS for Desktop? [duplicate]

I have lots of lines (in one feature class) which share the same location but I want to represent them as lines that are next to each other because they have different properties (different OWNERS). ...
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How to document GIS analysis?

While I know I can annotate within a map, what is being used for documenting your work:sources of data, choices of color/per layer with each map made ( thinking along the lines of templateing, so as ...
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What Makes a Map be classed as Badly Designed?

A poorly designed map can not only look visually unappealing, but can convey the wrong message, which could lead to bad decisions being made. I would like to ask people to post examples (that are in ...
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Multiple font markers in shapefiles in QGIS?

I'm making a UK phase 1 vegetation survey map and require to show the dominant plant species in a given polygon. In phase 1 these are shown as 2- or 3-letter codes e g Ri, Cys. These codes need to ...
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Exporting maps at high resolution for a specified area

I am using ArcGIS 10.1 and am very new to it. I have Bing Maps aerial imagery of a particular road intersection and I want to export the map as a TIFF at a 1:1000 scale. When I zoom in and then use ...
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Creating Interactive Map Using Something Other Than Google? [duplicate]

I have a Roleplay Forum, and I would like to add a map of my Roleplay World to the website. I would like my map to be clickable, and have each location take you to a place on the forum. I don't know ...
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Retain ESRI symbology in Mapinfo TAB

Is there anyway to retain/easily transfer symbology from ESRI to Mapinfo? The only process I found was posted in 2010 - https://groups.google.com/group/mapinfo-l/browse_thread/thread/883223ff4ae56809 ...
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ArcGIS SDK for .Net (used in WPF): update map's zoom parameters after changing base layer

I'm having the following issue: Suppose I have a Map object and 2 base layers (a world map and a street map). A world map doesn't let us view the map too closely. The street map allows us to view as ...
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Has anybody successfully added NFHL (National Flood Hazard Layer) to ArcGIS for flex?

I keep getting the following error when I add the map service to my application: apServer layer failed to load: Fault code: Channel.Security.Error Fault info: Security error accessing url Fault ...
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how to display movements of a moving object in cartodb

I have few GPS tracks with lat long and timestamp. I want to present them on a map and to show how the movement took place using the time series location values (X,Y,T). I searched a lot but could not ...
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Libraries to render vector-based maps in the browser

Is there a open source JavaScript library like leaflet or openlayer which can be used in a web or mobile application and loads vector-based maps instead of images? I only need the road information and ...
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How do I map points on a 2D map to a 3D illustration of the same area? [duplicate]

I'm looking for advice on how to build an algorithm that maps any point on a map to a point on another map, interpolating where needed. Let me better clarify with an example of what I concretely ...