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How to create labeling similar to this map?

Any ideas on if ArcMap is able to create labeling similar to this map? Ie. 95xx or 9500 is listed outside of the units and the the actual last 2 digits are listed within so that each unit does not ...
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Display followers count on Google maps using R

How can I plot the count of followers, locations wise on google maps - Im using R language my data is as below: for(i in 1:25){print(friends_obj[[i]]$location)} [1] "London & Glasgow/Edinburgh, ...
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Overlay Shapefile and Raster layer in R [duplicate]

I have a raster layer with climate data from the north of Mexico, part of Canada and the US mainland. I am trying to restrict the climate data to only the zone of the US mainland. To do this I thought ...
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which map projection should be used for global map with geography and human demographics

I am working on a project to try to identify the most threatened populations (on a global scale) of having a limited access to freshwater. I want to compare those most at risk currently and then add ...
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Map missing in map composer and when I print map

I am new to QGIS and am probably missing something but when I set up a new composer and add a map to the page nothing appears. I have pressed the render button and the up date with no results. When I ...
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Approach to creating a multivariate choropleth map with diverging color scheme(s)

We recently had primary elections in the community I serve. With the results having been released, there have been some requests for precinct level maps. Many of these primary elections featured more ...
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TileMill OGR Plugin: Failed to read GeoJSON data

I'm trying to load the following into a TileMill layer as the file build1.geojson { "type": "Feature", "geometry": { "type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[ ...
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What does it mean if a topographic map is indicated to be “West of fifth Meridian”

The Natural Resources Canada topographic map A 741, 83 C/7, edition 3 has a (bilingual) indication at the bottom stating: WEST OF FIFTH MERIDIAN       OUEST DU ...
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How to simplify shapefiles without losing attributes?

I want to simplify a huge shapefiles using mapshaper. However whenever I simplify the shapefile I loose a lot of data attributes. how can we simplify the shape files while retaining at least some of ...
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When symbolising by category can I make the transparency different for each category? [duplicate]

Normally when I'm making something semi-transparent I edit the transparency in layer properties, but now im trying to make something in the layer (a symbol level) semi transparent. I want to edit the ...
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Create a raster map from more than one shape

I've some shapefile loaded in Arcmap (steets, buildings...) with an appropriate symbology ad I need to convert them to unique raster, to obtain a map (like topographic map) with a specified resolution ...
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Map generation failing with Kartograph.js

I am trying to generate a very simple map using kartograph.js. But some how my code is not working. <html> <head> <script src="jquery-1.8.3.min.js"></script> ...
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How do you create a map that has choropleths that will change with a timeslider? [closed]

I have data for different countries over time that I would like to display in a choropleth map with a time slider that plays automatically on click. What is the best way to do this. Thanks.
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Want to get an SHP file for my coutry Algeria

H everyone , i'm running a clustering test on my country with R, but the problem the clustering doen't look good because of the map i have, i hant to get a bigger map of my country 'ALGERIA' in an SHP ...
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ArcGIS Labeling Expression when truncation needed to fit in some polygons? [closed]

What would be the expression coding for if the address is 14802. But if the whole address cannot fit inside the building dimessions, then it should be truncated to the last two digits - 02. I am ...
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Change palette of basic colors grid in 'Select color' dialog

I would like to know if there is a way to change the default palette of colors (48 Basic colors) which is displayed on the dialog "Select Color". Specifically, I want that when I add a layer the ...
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how to sub in a map id instead of a topo basemap

My apologies for the extremely newbie question, but I've been working with the Bookmark widget (https://developers.arcgis.com/javascript/jssamples/widget_bookmarks_dropdownbutton.html) in the sandbox ...
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How to display raster attributes by default?

I have a 4-bit thematic raster image with a color map from white to dark blue (Figure 1). The values 1 - 6 represent tree canopy cover at various breakpoints. I also created a raster attribute table ...
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Hover effects using CartoCSS: Is this possible?

I'm trying to make a simple map of parcels in TileMill. Right now when I hover over a parcel, the information for that parcel appears in a teaser. That's simple enough. However, when working with ...
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Slippy map tile question and good practice

I have created a small slippy map (Leaflet) and have given it a bounding box. If the user tries to pan/slide outside the given bounds then the map bounces back. Also, the slippy map only has tiles ...
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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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Rendering a map in QgsComposition on Win 7 / 8 in QGIS 2.2.0 with QgsComposerMap gives blank map

I'm writing a plugin for QGIS 2.2.0 which should render a pdf file with a map and some text. The code is working under Linux (current Arch) and Windows XP, but it's not working on Windows 7 or 8. ...
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List of Offensive Symbols/ Colours for Cartography

I was at a data visualization workshop a few days ago and someone there asked if there are any symbols/colours that might offend people when making charts, the presenter didn't really understand the ...
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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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How to set symbology based on an attribute of a 1-N table

Now, it is possible to edit geographic features and add elements in child tables using 1-N relationships. I want to construct a stacked - symbology which allows me to represent the multiple ...
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How to define the symbology used in QGIS print composer without using separate styles for screen and print

I use scale-dependent symbols for mapping (rendering Openstreetmap vectors as it happens). For instance paths show up when zoomed closer than 1:50000, but only roads show when zoomed out. The rules ...
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TIF format to view a vegetation Map with QGIS

I'm a new user of QGIS and I'm trying to view a map present in an online GIS dataset. There are several formats for this dataset and one of them is a TIF folder with several files: .tif, .tif.aux, ...
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What cartographic line symbol could make a coastline represent water like this old map?

I live in a coastal area with lots of islands. Sometimes with a black and white map it's hard to distinguish land from sea. So I'm trying to replicate this old map's style. I'm trying to do this in ...
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organize the map theme and style configuration file

I am working on an android application which render some features directly, but these different features should be rendered differently at different zoom level or only be visible from a certain zoom ...
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How to implement ringmaps in ArcGIS?

In a recent article by Stewart and colleagues in IJHG I stumbled upon interesting technique of visualizing data using ringmpas. Some more information referenced in the article about this technique ...
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Creating summary table of symbology of all datasets in multiple MXDs?

This is related to the following Retain ESRI symbology in Mapinfo TAB . As an initial step (in arcpy) I want to access the symbology of all the datasets and create a document which has the details of ...
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How do I create an index layer for multiple maps?

I am trying to create an index layer of just the area within the Orange lines. I am having difficulty creating this layer due to it not being a simple box area. The goal is to create a index layer, ...
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what dictates the drawing order of overlapping features with in the same layer/feature class in ArcGIS?

I know that in ArcGIS drawing order is controlled by layers, and if I want to make some features be drawn on top of other features I can use definition queries to separate them into different layers ...
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How to export map in draft mode?

ArcMap 10.2. I want to export map in draft mode. Without layers. Only few rectangles displaying main part of map, legend, scale bars, north arrows, margins and guide lines. E.g. something like ...
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Uniform Annotation Font Size in Multiple Data Frames

I'm making a map that has five inset maps that display a smaller map scale where point features are more dense. I have exported my labels to annotations in the geodatabase so that I could fit the ...
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How to display nebulous boundaries between regions with indistinct edges?

I'm trying to map the boundaries between regions which don't necessarily have a hard edge. For example, areas where languages predominate don't have a distinct edge, but instead have a degree of ...
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Can shaded relief be “blended” with DEM colour ramp in ArcGIS to produce a more visually dramatic result?

Not being able to use true transparencies with ArcGIS colour ramps where only solid colours are allowed has me always wondering about how to improve the look of the surface in my maps without ...
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Is there any experience using Computer Games to display GIS data?

besides being a GIS use I'm a big computer game fan. Games like Civilization, Minecraft, World at War and many others have a very powerfull engine to display huge maps in a beutifull way. I was ...
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What is the the color gradient at borders called?

Many paper maps have an effect around the borders where there is a gradient from the darker color of the borderline to the lighter color of the area fill. What is this effect called? See ...
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Are there any NTS index maps showing the most recent update?

For the Canadian National Topographic System, are there any index maps available that do not only show map numbers throughout the country, but also the most recently available update for each map? As ...
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Which bins should be used for demographic data for a choropleth map?

I'm currently working on a project which produces a choropleth map similar to a map like this: http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/54512470/Telefondaten_VIZ/index.html That map has 2x5 classifications ...
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Leader lines not rendering when converted to PDF

This is very puzzling, I have an annotation feature class stored in a geodatabase that contains labels with leader lines. The leader lines show up perfectly in the .mxd, it is only when I export to ...
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Problem with merging and dissolving a shapefile in R

I am migrating from ArcMAP to opensource GIS. I've succesfully installed R and many packages in a Ubuntu 12.04 machine. I am used to linux and programming in C, but not to R and its syntax. I am ...
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arcpy to perform “select by attribute” and display the result on the map in a table [duplicate]

I am thinking to use arcpy to select by attribute, after that I want to display the selected features attribute in a table on the map, how can I make it? Thanks in advance.
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Is there general Earth Projection in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm starting a new personal project and I need a little bit of helping on setting it up. First off I'm trying to determine the area of a rectangle that is 1 mile in width and the circumference of ...
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My class using ogr to calculate distance is returning incorrect results away from the equator

In an answer to this question ustroetz kindly provided some sample code for use of ogr to do lat/lon distance and point in polygon calculations. I've created a Python class based on his example to do ...
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Why has Web Mercator (auxiliary sphere) become the web map standard?

I understand what the difference is between the Web Mercator projection and Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere (WMAS). I also understand that both Google and Esri have adopted this projection as their ...
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Including two different maps in one QGIS Print Composer

How do I use print composer in QGIS 2.0.1 to produce a final product with two different maps on the same sheet? I can't figure out how to use the 'add a map' button to add anything other than a ...
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How to prevent labels from one layer from overlapping features in another layer

I am working ArcMap10.1 software. When I was labeling on point feature automatically label fall on line. Label must not fall on line. I'm not aware how to solve this issues. I have attached an ...
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What are common ways of presenting features that share coordinates? [closed]

When I encounter features of the same class, but with identical coordinates I lay them out in a spiral arm formation. I chose to pick the initial radius and angle at random (can't recall my actual ...