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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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Cartographic techniques for symbolizing routing data

Some common problems with displaying routes created from street data, such as bus routes, include: Routes may overlap themselves, such as when a route takes the same road in opposite directions ...
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How do I make a map where overlapping symbols increase Opacity?

I was looking at some maps like: Map from Ship Logs or the Facebook worldwide friendships Mapped (via the Flowing Data blog) These Maps look good because single lines are almost transparent, and ...
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Poster or Map Presentation Guidelines?

Is there a website that will guide me through for various kind of paper size to create a/ or several presentation for digital or hardcopy maps/ or poster with different fonts, display area, title and ...
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Why is the OSM map itself is not visible in my qgis window?

I'm new in working with QGIS. I have tried to download an OSM map of Rome and its surroundings into my QGIS. As far as I am concerned, I have followed each step which I could find on various ...
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Breaking a range of values into buckets for a gradient

If I have a range of values and want to make a choropleth map with a gradient, what algorithms are out there to determine the value ranges for the different colors in the gradient? For example, if I ...
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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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How to build a map that highlights only one state?

I'm a journalist working on maps of several Alaska databases. I'm learning as I go and have a question that's probably very basic, but very important for my projects: Using CartoDB, how can I create ...
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Equatorial Scale

I have seen Equatorial Scale written along with the RF on the World Map in many Atlases, for eg., "Equatorial Scale 1:95 000 000". What does this Equatorial Scale mean and what is the significance of ...
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What is the web map marker called?

I'm referring to this icon I'm just curious as to its origins and what the name of the symbol is. If memory serves, Google Maps introduced it and the other mapping libraries adopted it. Would ...
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Mapping Superfund Sites using ArcGIS for Desktop? [closed]

I am trying to create a map of all Superfund sites in the U.S., and of course it isn't as easy as I thought it would be. I think I have downloaded all the necessary information, but can't figure put ...
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Alternative to Symmetrical Difference (Analysis) in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am trying to create a buffer that includes the green buffer where it is not intersected by the purple buffer (Purple buffer is mostly under the green buffer). I don't have the symmetrical ...
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create a weight raster for a hydrology analysis

I determine affecting parameters of flood flow ( evaporation,vegetation,soil type, rainfall etc.). Then, I start to analysis using Arc Hydro. How do I relate among of affecting parameters? How can ...
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Printable Esri symbol sets, a.k.a. style references [duplicate]

Does anyone know of good printable documents of the as-shipped Esri symbol sets, also called Style References? The new with Arcgis 10 ability to search symbol sets is a great boon, but one can still ...
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Automatically creating index features for a strip map in QGIS

Is there a free/open source equivalent ArcGIS's Strip Map Index Features geoprocessing tool? I'd like to use QGIS's "Atlas" mapbook functionality, but creating the index layer manually would be ...
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Looking for guidance to create a hydrological map with QGIS and/or GRASS

I have QGIS and GRASS installed . Basically i need this program for making maps something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HuPX7JS7ZA I downloaded DEM from ...
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Generating Layercube Format

If not using CartoDB to host your data, how can we modify the input parameters to point toward a layercube file,, and how to generate that file?
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How do I overlay a KML on leaflet 0.4.4

I am using Leaflet 0.4.4, I have a KML I would like to overlay on the map, how do I go about doing this? Edit: I am already aware of https://github.com/CloudMade/Leaflet/issues/14, which directs ...
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How to create shape file and show in map using Python?

I have calculated distance between longitude and latitude by import .csv using python. Now I want to show this points or distance between points in map. So how can i do it by using only python? and ...
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Print Selected Area in Map in Arcgis javascript API

I'm working on arcgis javascript api, and I'm trying to implement a selection print tool, I'm new to this api, and don't know how to select area of the map, and after that, print the selected drawn ...
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Resources for Learning 508 Compliance/Accessibility Requirements for GIS Figures

Does anyone know of any quality resources (books, papers, presentations, websites) for learning about 508 Compliance/Accessibility requirements in relation to cartography (GIS figures and templates)? ...
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Is it possible to draw a 3D Choropleth Map in ArcGIS?

What I have in mind is something like these two examples below: Also, if it is not possible to create a 3D choropleth map in ArcGIS, is there some other GIS software package that can draw 3D ...
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Using the “Propagate Displacment” Tool, to what degree are graphic conflicts solved

In our cartographic production process, we use the "Resolve Road Conflict" Tool to displace road features that have graphic conflicts. Next to the displaced roads this tool also creates Polygons as ...
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What are good colour schemes for large density flow maps?

I came across nice QGIS tutorial for mapping flows. In contrast to Alasdair, I have zero talent in colour choice. Can anybody recommend some good starting points for nice colour schemes (I'd be ...
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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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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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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 ...