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multiple electrical cable representation in Geodatabase

I have multiple electrical cable going through the same path. Should I draw them all as one single line (with an attribute denoting how many they are)? or multiple lines? if multiple, should I draw ...
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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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How does GeoServer render a Super or MegaTile

I'm working on chopping up a big mega map tile into smaller tiles at various zoom level. I'm surrounded with a problem first up in terms of how to get my big mega map tile with all the legends (with ...
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Preferred term for map extent box

If a (printed) map is created with an small map in the corner showing the extent of the main map frame in relation to the state/province etc. with a box. What is the proper cartographic term to label ...
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How to link a text to a map

I would like to know if it is possible to link a text to a leaflet map. I would like to highlight a country in my map when the mouse is hover a word in my text. My map is created with leaflet library. ...
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How to update GeoWebCache as part of GeoServer for maptiles

I read the documentation for GeoServer but I can't seem to find a way by means of which one can update GeoWebCache dynamically by removing/deleting old (dirty map tiles) and then replace those dirty ...
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How to update MapCache with new maptiles

I have gone through the entire documentation for MapServer but I can't seem to find a way by means of which one can update MApCache dynamically by removing/deleting old (dirty map tiles) and then ...
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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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Is there a name for deformation-based maps?

I have already seen maps using deformation to visualize information. For example, this map shows temporal distance between some French cities when traveling by train: Is there a name for this kind ...
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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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CartoDB: cluster circles aren't proportional

I'm trying to visualize thousands of records on a map on CartoDB using the cluster feature but circles with 100 or 1000+ records have the same dimensions. I'd like to have more discrimination in ...
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Manually classifying graduated data outside of range in ArcGIS for Desktop?

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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Calculate Color of Object So No Adjacent Objects Repeat

I am attempting to assign one of 16 colors to map objects (e.g. counties, states, ZIP Codes, etc.) so that no two adjacent objects share the same color. I'm seeing tons of articles online about ...
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Is there cartographic convention for displaying text label of highest and lowest values in legend?

The first I have found is to have the lowest value and highest value be displayed like the legend shown below (image source) The second is to have relative numbers at the top and bottom (image ...
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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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Data Driven Pages and exporting PDF using Python [closed]

I am able to zoom into map_index shapefile rows for a group of mxd documents in layoutview and export zoomed record as a PDF document at the same time. I tried to combine below codes to make the ...
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How to generate maps like some at Wikipedia?

I've absolutely no idea if this is a proper forum to ask this or not. But I know that I can at least get some information here. I was reading few wiki articles on Indian rivers and I'm very much ...
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Legend and coloring of markers with plotGoogleMaps in R

I have a data frame (X) that looks like this: code cluster name longt latit 101 1 A -89.6171 35.24992 105 1 B -90.0154 35.10510 106 2 C ...
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Disconnected Satellite map tiles usable with OpenLayers or other javascript api

I'm looking for satellite map, usable with OpenLayer (or with an other js api), with a good scale (at least 100m, MapQuest stops at 1000m) and avaible for a disconnected mode (avaible for download). ...
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Fading or Removing Boundaries in ArcMap?

I have a dot density map of a county. I need to either fade or remove the tract lines. I can adjust the frame transparency but that's not what I'm after. I'm using ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop.
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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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ArcGIS Line Fades, Possible?

Is it possible to fade the ends of a line? I have a map the shows the city of limits and because of its shape, there are some areas outside of the city limits where we don't have major road data in ...
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Create map(s) to help determine site selection

I have the task of creating a map in which the objective would be to help determine a site for a conference. I have the following data: Addresses of possible conference attendees (I have already ...
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Align Symbol to Line

I'm using ArcGIS 10.0 - ArcInfo license. I'm a fairly new user. I'd like to align rectangular symbols perpendicular to to the lines that reside nearby. I have two layers. A layer containing lines ...
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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 ...
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How to make a contour map from a list of points and values? [duplicate]

I need to create a nice map with contours that represent various thematic data on a scale of a country, for instance, average temperatures in Germany. I have a list of coordinates with the values, ...
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Making flood map greyscale in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have produced an article for publication and I have just been informed that I must produce all maps in colour and greyscale as the printed journal is only published in greyscale but the article will ...
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Using multiple map layers with different extents. Any suggestions.

I have three layers I need to try match up at the borders. This is not a projection problem, all layers are projected to Albers NAD83. The base layer (Green) is 30m DEM, with a US boundaries layer on ...
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How to map data from USGS NAS database, using HUC?

I am querying the USGS NAS (Nonindigenous Aquatic Species) database. The collection data for the results that are returned don't include lat/long points, but have an HUC (Hydrologic Unit Code). I have ...
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how to extract country border from openstreetmap

I'm trying to extract the Jordanian country border from an openstreetmap. When I click the download link for the file, the following page opens: My question is: How do I save these XML tags as an ...
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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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Change countries boundaries color in a shapefile with R

I am working with R to create a map with a shapefile. I would like to change the color of the countries boundaries but I don't know how to do that. Is it possible to change the color? Here is my ...
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What Type of map is this?

Looking to find the exact type of map that the following is : It looks like a hill-shaded topographic map, most likely DEM, but I'm not sure. I need to know for certain so i can contact the map ...
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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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How to display two line traffic road map cartographically?

I have two line traffic map. I want to display this maps roads as image below. This images show that when I zoom out from map, roads are showing properly.. And two line road never disappear from map. ...
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Qgis Text/Annotation as layer

Is there a way to add text/annotation to my map in QGIS as a layer? I have a map of vegetation types an point data the text (field names/flurnamne) should be between these two layers. It there must ...
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How to select a line from a osm shape by osm_id

I'm using TileMill to make a map, but I can't seem to be able to format a specific item with a specific osm_id via mss. I have a shape file added as a layer #line: Then, in the features list of ...
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How to add vector KML data in an excel table

How do I take a KML (or XML) vector map saved on my desktop showing for example a election ward and then import it into excel as a data input in a field of data. I have information in excel for ...
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GRID in MapInfo

I just want to ask for assistance how to create Grid thematic map in map info. I have 5 different points.with different color code. kindly please give the step by step. and im using Map Info.12. ...
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ArcGIS Server Map Service - Best Way To Visualize Coincident (Identical) Point Features

I have an ESRI Map Service serving out several point layers with 10k+ point features. Because of these high feature counts, I use a dynamic map service where a symbolized image is generated on the ...
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Using GIS tools for non-geographical problems

Many other fields have visual/"spatial" problems that can potentially be solved with GIS tools. I know I've used GIS tools for the odd non-geographical task and was wondering how much this happens and ...
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What is GIS for Indigenous Peoples?

I am working on a short course for a group of indigenous 10-15 year old children in a couple of weeks and want to start the program with a short intro (90s) of what GIS is and how it can help them. I ...
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CartoDB - can we overlay 2 visualizations

Suppose we make two map visualizations from a loaded polygon shapefile in the CartoDB free online system. Could we overlay these 2 maps on top of each other in a web page using the CartoDB.js API? ...
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How to create transparent text?

I am trying to insert a watermark into a map using ArcGIS. As you can see from the screenshot, I have the text in place, although I need to make the text transparent (e.g. 50% transparency). I used ...
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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 free software can be used for print-quality map production? [closed]

I am creating art prints using spatial data. I use ESRI software every day for my regular job, therefore I am proficient in GIS. However, I can't afford ESRI software for my art projects at home. ...
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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 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 ...