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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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Loading USGS 1:24,000 quads into Garmin GPS-receiver — how to convert to a kmz Garmin understands?

I have downloaded USGS 1:24,000 topos (the classic one, not the useless US Topo) from the USGS Map Locator & Downloader. How can I load those into my Garmin GPSmap? Following advice at this ...
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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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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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Is there a name for 0,0?

Is there a name for the latitude/longitude pair 0,0? On a graph, (0,0) is referred to as the "origin" but I'm not sure if that term also applies to the location 0,0 in cartography.
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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 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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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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How does one style the border to match the fill in QGIS?

In the past I have just manually matched the color of the border to the color of the fill, but this can be time consuming. I am wondering, is there any way to have the program automatically match ...
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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 to make a fixed block of text in cartodb instead of infowindows?

I started to use CartoDB today for a school project, it is here : https://elenab.cartodb.com/viz/3c08e76a-ec4a-11e5-8d14-0ecfd53eb7d3/public_map But what I would like to do is to have a block of text ...
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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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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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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 legend,...
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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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Is it possible to sync the extents of two open mxds?

I've never seen it, and it's not vital, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to sync the extents of two open mxds? I'm pulling an old ims service into one mxd, and have another mxd open that i ...
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Is there an international standard with GIS symbols for power distribution objects?

Like I said in title, Im wondering if there is a standard that points out symbols for power distribution objects, power plants etc... Thanks
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Converting projected coordinates to google maps pixels

I have a single polygon in a local projection system. I would like to convert that polygon into an image that can be used as an overlay on google maps. I understand that it may be better to use ...
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A library/software to create DEM from a topographic map

In one of my projects I need to digitize video clips showing some natural landscape. Specifically I need to know distances between different areas and elevation levels. I have a topographic map of ...
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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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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 handle a dashed border line that becomes solid because it is shared

I am using Arc 10.3.1 and I am having a cartographic dilemma. As shown in the picture below, I have dashed line representing borders of various city zones. Where these border lines share borders ...
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Calculating distance between latitude and longitude points using python

I have a database of 2000 points, which is in CSV format containing latitude and longitude. I want to find the distance between all these points, and then show these points in a map by using pyQGIS; I ...
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QGIS Map Composer goes blank, outputs corrupt PDF

I am using 64bit 2.10.1-Pisa on Windows 10. When I set up my composer to print, everything looks fine until I try to print or export. The composer goes completely blank and outputs a corrupted PDF ...
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Produce Oblique Mercator Map

To avoid the possibility of opinions, let me rephrase the question. Which software packages are able to produce an Oblique Mercator map between any two arbitrary points, similar to what is offered in ...
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Getting information out of an ArcGIS .lyr file

I'm using ArcGIS 10 and I downloaded a Raster layer from here: http://bioval.jrc.ec.europa.eu/products/glc2000/products.php When I unzip it I get the following files: 1 Aux-File (15KB) 1 ArcGIS-...
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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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Solutions for uploading maps to GPS (forestry maps: roads, trails, hydro, polygons)?

I'm using a QGIS 2.2.0 Valmiera on a Windows 8.1 system Desktop. I'm a forester and I would like to have a cheap solution to load maps into the handheld Garmin 60, 62 or 64 series GPS. Free would be ...
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Zoom out grayed out in ArcGIS API for JavaScript?

I'm using ArcGIS API for JavaScript 3.13 The zoom out slide button is grayed out, however it works when clicked. Does anybody know how to make it not grayed out? My map initialization code looks ...
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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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Pink Tiled Map with Openlayers and Geoserver

I'm having a problem with the pink tiles when trying to display a map. I'm using Geoserver 2.6. In the main html page, I reference to Openlayers with: <script src="openlayers/lib/OpenLayers.js">...
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Tilemill: Re-Export failed tiles after export

My Tilemill exports (MBTiles) tend to fail quite often lately... (Resume Tilemill MBTiles export after crash a bounty is waiting for anybody who helps me there btw ;-) ). We kind of solved the problem ...
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Overlapping lines representation

Cartography question. I do have administrative boundries for counties in polygon FC. What tool do I use to prioritise display of features. In example, when lines overlap- I want to show only 1 dashed ...
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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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Drawing roads with different widths

I'm drawing roads with different widths. The road data is constructed using GeoJson. (Each road is represented with a LineString.) When I draw the roads with almost the same width, a trivial, direct ...
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How to count record points within a given area (electoral district)? [duplicate]

New user to GIS and to QGis but experienced data user. I have shapefiles for a state legislative districts. I have a set of individual voter records that I have geocoded. What I'd like to do is ...
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Showing two locations in map closer to each other than in reality for space issues

I'm working on ArcMap 10.2.2. I need to print two maps for three municipalities, a city (Florence, Italy) and two smaller towns (Signa and Impruneta) in its vicinity. One map with the city and the ...
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ArcPy gives error Object: CreateObject cannot open map document?

This should be a really simple process but I am having issues. I want to search a workspace for all files with a certain string and then add them to the current workspace with a selected symbology. ...
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Making Map Matching Points to Roads [duplicate]

I'm having some trouble while map matching these points for some streets. Could you lend me a hand?