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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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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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Where to start learning how to make maps with QGIS?

I have no skills in GIS, "map-making," or any other map program. Been a county planner for 25 yrs, where there was always a "drafting" staff. I'm in another agency now and need to be able to produce ...
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Can I reproduce this classic cartographic hillshade relief effect (hachures) electronically using modern DEM data?

I own a number of old cetral-European maps and I always liked the classic hand-drawn cartographic hillshade relief presentation that these maps feature. I am not wanting to reproduce the shading ...
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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 is a good resource for learning to hand draw a map?

I've been wanting to go old school & draw some maps by hand... Something like you might see on the first page of an adventure novel. I've found next to nothing on the web and am hoping that one of ...
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Alternative cartographic software programs?

I am looking for an alternative software product for cartography other than ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. The graphic quality in ArcGIS outputs is substantially poor when compared to outputs in ...
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How can I generate a high resolution rendering of the globe?

I am building an ANSI E poster size map collection and would like to add a nice rendering of the globe to the maps indicating the approximate position of the region on the globe. The problem is that ...
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PostGIS (2.0?) - Native Versioning of the Datastore

I recently have been surprised to see there are not too many solutions at all discussing the best methods of versioning datastores which are made available for editing. I am looking for a robust, ...
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Should I use a discrete or continuous scale for coloring a chloropleth?

I am making a choropleth for an upcoming local race using D3. There are two candidates running for an election. For any given polygon on my map, if the red candidate has more votes, the color should ...
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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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Are there any cartography “rules” you should follow when labeling maps?

We've all seen poorly labeled maps before. In these maps, the wording is either illegible or unpleasant to view due to positioning, color choice or size, or the labels take up so much map space that ...
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R : convert a spatial polygon objet to spatial polygon data frame

My goal is to modify an existing shapefile by merging certain polygons. After importing the shapefile and using the UnionSpatialPolygons command, I get the polygon outline that I want. However, this ...
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Seeking a GIS for indoor mapping and direction finding

I've seen a few options for indoor GIS platforms such as Google's indoor mapping, implementations of OpenLayers, Open Street Map, and many other plausible solutions. There's even a post on here asking ...
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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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Is there cartographic convention to ordering legend items (high-low or low-high)?

When you symbolise a layer in ArcMap, the symbols are ordered from low value to high value by default. Is that necessarily "correct"? I've never officially studied cartography - is there a convention ...
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Opensource solutions for finishing maps

After seeing the $600 price tag for Adobe Illustrator, I am especially interested in learning open source solutions for finishing maps created in a GIS. What open source, or commonly available, ...
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How to colour polygons with a completely transparent fill using MapServer?

Is it possible to fill polygons so that they are completely transparent in MapServer? I want to have a black background that is slightly opaque, and wherever there is a polygon I want that to be ...
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Is There A Term For The Old Maps That Had Lines Connecting Pin-Wheels?

Many old maps have lines like below. Is there a term for a map with that type of lines? (from http://r-russell0912-dc2.blogspot.com/2011/01/pirate-maps-and-old-maps.html) My best hypothesis is that ...
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How to present three spatial variables in one map? [closed]

I want to assign 3 category of variables in a single map. In other words, I have to produce a cartographic visualization of the damage including a legend listing: damaged surface area in the ...
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Kriging to calculate forest biomass?

I am trying to create biomass map using Kriging from ground sample point. I have about 150 and 53 point plot for dense and sparse strata. The data is not normal so I have transformed it. After ...
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Advanced colour palette for raster data

I'm working with satellite date namely chlorophyll and sst. Each geophysical parameter generally has standard colours to represent them. I'm importing geotiffs into Qgis and I'm having difficulty ...
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Different level of detail(layers) on different zoom level at OpenLayers map

I want display different detail(layers) on different zoom level on OpenLayers map. I mean when zoom in should display lot of layers and when zoom out those unsuitable layers should hide automatically. ...
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Can QGIS automatically load an SLD with a Shapefile?

I have SLD's/lyr files with my shp/gdb files. They all have the same name except for the extension. Is it possible for me to force qgis to load the sld with the shp so that I don't need to manually go ...
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Is the Mercator projection or the Gall-Peters projection of the world more accurate?

I've been researching the concept of Eurocentrism, an ideology that views the world from a very European perspective. It's seen in literature, in academia, in world history, and perhaps even in ...
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How to get a list of map scales programmatically in ArcMap?

I need to get all map scales, which are shown in the ArcMap scalebar. I need list of value, something like: 1:1500 1:3000 1:6000 1:12000 1:24000 1:50000 1:100000 Does anyone know how to get it?
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Where can I find a high quality real globe of a decent size without axis?

I'm trying to find a physical globe of a high map quality that doesn't have any axis or bearings as the axis mounted on standard desk globes completely obscures the arctic regions. High-quality map ...
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What software to use as an all-around solution for mining GIS?

My employer wants me to look into constructing geology maps, modeling 3D subsurface geological formations, producing geological cross sections and other mining related products from various drill hole ...
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How to capture data for mapping

Well it might be an newbie question but I can't find it In my project I need the paths in a campus but these paths are inexistents so I'm going to walk around and mapping (I don't know if it's the ...
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How to create a user map from CSV?

I dont even know if QGIS is the right program for what I need.. What I need: I need a program with maps(Denmark to be specific), that I could feed with a database of users through a CSV file.. e.g. ...
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How to place multiple symbols on one polygon centroid?

I am using QGIS for visualizing the health conditions of elderly living in an old age home, some of the elderly have multiple medical device with them and I want to show them on the map. Suppose I ...
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How to achieve Gradient Fills in ArcMap?

Does anyone know of a native way to achieve the gradient fills like the ones in the attached picture (map_1)? The circular and rectangular fills that I see already in ArcGIS' symbology choices don't ...
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How to design class breaks for a time series of choropleth maps?

I'm working with a time series of choropleth maps showing the same indicator for the same administrative boundaries, but spanning period of nine years. What would be the most appropriate strategy of ...
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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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How to represent an imaginary flat world in QGIS without using a round-world CRS

Like one or two other users, I'm interested in using QGIS to map an imaginary flat world. A previous answer suggested simply refraining from defining a CRS for such a world, but I cannot seem to make ...
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Dynamically change zoom level of overview map to fit with current extent in DDP

I am using DDP pages in a large mapset with pages ranging from 1:7500 to 1:130,000 and the overview map is zoomed out to far to see some of the smaller zones. Is it possible to set the overview map to ...
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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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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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How to create polygon “stamps” and extend lines by fixed distance? in QGIS

This is related to Does QGIS have these CAD editing functions? Cadtools have solved a lot of the issues I had but I need the ability to see how long a line is while I am drawing an orthoganal ...
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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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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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Gdal_polygonize: How to filter pixels above a given value (elevation)?

Given a topographic GIS raster of one country: Given an elevation threshold n = 50 (meters) How to polygonize pixels when z >= n ? gdal_polygonize.py is not clear on this point. It states This ...
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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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How to alter transparency by spatial location

I'm trying to create a map that has a all layers within a subject area having 0% transparency (full opaque), while features outside that area (defined by a polygon shapefile) having a reduced ...
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Open Street Map: converting to country -> administrative unit -> city database

To moderators: If you think this question is too broad, please point me into right direction before closing, I'm desperately looking for help. I'm stuck on my task and I don't know what to do. The ...
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Alternative layperson-friendly names for 'Legend'?

I am making a mobile mapping app that has a button that displays a legend. Because my legend is initially hidden from view, it is really important the text I put in the button that displays the ...
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Halo use background color

As you see on the attached image, I labeled contour lines on the map (in meter). Which function will allow the "halo" to take the background color of the map? On the image, the halo is greenish which ...
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Map automation, create and populate inset maps for densely-labelled areas

I would like to know if it is possible to automate the example in the picture below, unlike the picture below i'm using vector data. I would like for a fixed scale generate map, but when labels are ...
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Forcing long layer names to multiple lines based on specified legend width in ArcGIS Desktop?

Do to various limitations I almost always create static (graphic) legends but I do have the occasional map where impeccable cartography is secondary to functionality hence a dynamic legend is ...
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Is there an advanced way to label in ArcMap so that the label will not be dropped?

Is there an advanced way to label in ArcMap so that the label will not be dropped?