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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Removing features whose labels are not displayed?

Using ArcMap 10.0, I am working on a map that shows many villages. Each village has a name attribute that I want to use for a label, but in some areas there are so many villages that not all can be ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arcgis javascript - pan and zoom simultaneously

I'm using my android device to test the arcgis javascript API 's touch support. I noticed that by default, I cannot pan and zoom the map at the same time, like google maps. Am I missing something? A ...
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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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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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How do i create a flow line map for my data? [duplicate]

I am trying to illustrate a passenger travel flow map from a road terminal to several destinations on a road layer. I have QGis and ArcGIS, but I don't know much on how to start the work. I already ...
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Overview of statistical maps/charts types

I know of a few ways to visualize statistical information on a map, like choropleth maps, prism maps or simply displaying little bar-charts or pie-charts near locations on a map. But there must be a ...
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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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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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My fusion table map with search not working

My maps are not working. It shows the search box but not the map: // ]]></script> <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ var map; var layer_0; function initialize() { map = ...
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Creating Legends for QGIS 2.0 Feature Blend Mode Outputs

I am working on visualizing ~4100 buffered point features. The shading of the buffers is keyed to a field in the data. Because the buffers overlap, I turned on multiply in the new feature blend mode ...
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How to improve cartography by processing map exports with GIMP?

I am about to make a map with a heavy emphasis on cartography. I would really like to spice it up by processing the image in GIMP and I was wondering if anyone had any tips for bringing the ...
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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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Legend in FlexViewer - Only show classes that are visible in the current map extent

I am using ArcGIS Viewer for Flex to create web map. The legend widget can be set so that the legend in web map to only show layers that are available at the current map scale. This is great but I ...
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How to write labels with varying significant figures/decimal places?

I have results that range from ex. 113,009 down to 0.00495 - Can someone recommend a way to write/construct a label expression for the following in ArcMap: • If less than 1, use 2 decimal places ...
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Ohio State Plane to Lat/Lon

I've looked into a few other posts/libraries as far as converting between State Plane (Easting/Northing) to get a Lat/Lon value, however I've run into some trouble. I saw here ...
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offline OpenLayers with MapQuest not showing (openlayers asking wrong tile names/zooms

i´m beginning on GIS, trying to show maps offline, from the disk. I got the tiles from MapQuest, level 6 to 12. I´m trying to show them with OpenLayers but it´s only showing empty rectangles. ...
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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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Trace vector map from GeoTiff, Garmin

My goal is to create a vector map for my Garmin GPS by tracing over a topo raster. The vector data would be exported in ESRI SHP format and later converted for Garmin. So far, I can load the geo ...
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Learning classical geography - recommended literature et.c

I've been working in the field of GIS for a few years now, and there are some disciplines of knowledge where I lack a good degree of education. My educational background is that I've studied computer ...
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How can I add Raster Map as permanent layer òr Level to Microstation .DGN file

Hei Am having Raster Map and would like to visualize permanently whenever the DGN Opens , I dont wish to attach them as reference in Raster Manager but rather save it as one of the Level in ...
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Buffer is giving me a different distance [closed]

I'm using ArcGIS 10.1. When I Buffered I changed the environments to compare the two different projections. WyLAM is a statewide Lambert Conformal Conic projection used for Wyoming. State plane in ...
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Key for a Heat Map

I have a question about heat maps and the correct way to describe the results. I have a dataset of small historic territorial units which vary greatly in size in different parts of a country. I want ...
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Show “layer name” as text in arcgis layout view (map)

I am trying to show the layer names of all visible layers in ArcGis 10.1 when creating a map in layout view. First I tried to use "insert legend" and show there only the layername, but I can't ...
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Best way to create/draw a map (especially indoor)

I'm currently developing an indoor map/room plan for an university project. I've already searched through stackexchange to figure it out but I couldn't find anything similar. So what I currently do ...
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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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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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How can I upload more than 10 images in a category map?

I did a category map with 30 different categories. For each, I would like to upload an image but the "wizards" permits me to upload only ten images and then one image for "others". Is it possible to ...