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What Makes a Map be classed as Badly Designed?

A poorly designed map can not only look visually unappealing, but can convey the wrong message, which could lead to bad decisions being made. I would like to ask people to post examples (that are in ...
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Multiple font markers in shapefiles in QGIS?

I'm making a UK phase 1 vegetation survey map and require to show the dominant plant species in a given polygon. In phase 1 these are shown as 2- or 3-letter codes e g Ri, Cys. These codes need to ...
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Exporting maps at high resolution for a specified area

I am using ArcGIS 10.1 and am very new to it. I have Bing Maps aerial imagery of a particular road intersection and I want to export the map as a TIFF at a 1:1000 scale. When I zoom in and then use ...
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Creating Interactive Map Using Something Other Than Google? [duplicate]

I have a Roleplay Forum, and I would like to add a map of my Roleplay World to the website. I would like my map to be clickable, and have each location take you to a place on the forum. I don't know ...
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Retain ESRI symbology in Mapinfo TAB

Is there anyway to retain/easily transfer symbology from ESRI to Mapinfo? The only process I found was posted in 2010 - https://groups.google.com/group/mapinfo-l/browse_thread/thread/883223ff4ae56809 ...
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ArcGIS SDK for .Net (used in WPF): update map's zoom parameters after changing base layer

I'm having the following issue: Suppose I have a Map object and 2 base layers (a world map and a street map). A world map doesn't let us view the map too closely. The street map allows us to view as ...
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Has anybody successfully added NFHL (National Flood Hazard Layer) to ArcGIS for flex?

I keep getting the following error when I add the map service to my application: apServer layer failed to load: Fault code: Channel.Security.Error Fault info: Security error accessing url Fault ...
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how to display movements of a moving object in cartodb

I have few GPS tracks with lat long and timestamp. I want to present them on a map and to show how the movement took place using the time series location values (X,Y,T). I searched a lot but could not ...
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How do I map points on a 2D map to a 3D illustration of the same area? [duplicate]

I'm looking for advice on how to build an algorithm that maps any point on a map to a point on another map, interpolating where needed. Let me better clarify with an example of what I concretely ...
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Map services error in Firefox bug but don't understand

I am currently harvesting many web map services on an online map view. The services are configured in Oracle (Toad). Most of the maps seem to be working apart from 10 or so. I can see them in the ToC ...
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Examples of ASCII-art maps

According to Wikipedia, ASCII-art is one of the earliest techniques used for digital graphical design. An ASCII-art technique can be traced back to 1939 and computer-art pioneers have used it since ...
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Generating a map from a shapefile using ms4w mapserver [duplicate]

I am trying to generate a map from a shapefie. Through some initial searching, I wrote the code below but I am getting just a white page. Below is my code: MAP # To enter comments into a mapfile ...
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Comparing data from two different time periods

I am trying to compare DWI frequency over the period of 3 years. I want to create 3 maps, with each one showing where DWI's occurred during 2011, 2012, and 2013. I have the point data for this, but I ...
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Using R to subtract the polygon area of one shp file from another

I'm looking to produce a map from two separate maps in R. My Maps files are as follows: ftp://ftp.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/GIS/us_tempprcpfcst/610prcp_20140822.zip #Map1 ...
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Equal Area Projection for Central Ethiopia (37N)

Can anybody please tell me what is the best equal area projection for central highlands of Ethiopia. I am assuming Albers Equal Area Projection. Any suggestions?
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What is the correct cartographic projection to calculate a Voronoi tesselation?

I have a set of points with known geographic coordinates. I would like to compute a Voronoi tesselation from these points in order to obtain areas of influence. The geometrical area of each Voronoi ...
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Are CartoDB Map views by month or by year?

We have 10000 map views with the free version of CartoDB. Are they reset every month or is it the maximum views for the all utilisation ?
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Examples of Creative Cartography

I am looking for some examples of creative cartographic output. I am planning for something like a mixture of cartography, graphic design and spatial information. The output will be initially in ...
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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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Finding coordinates of the image corner

I have a .bmp image with a map. For creating image i used a Ingeo 4.4 and function MakeImage() What i know: Height an Width of bmp image dpi Map Scale Image Center's coordinates in meters. What i ...
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Why does export to AI rasterize all my vector layers?

I have no raster layers in my map document and no transparencies. Yet the map is rasterized when exported to AI. (Map frame and coordinate grid are vector graphics but everything in the map itself is ...
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Making a map that can be easily resized or scaled

I've recently been dealing with a map requestor who wants maps resized at the very last minute -- from 8.5x11 to 22x34, or from large poster-sized to "something that can fit in a report" (those vague ...
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Step by step contour creation algorithm

I do seismic processing, and recently have been moving into doing contours. I have a question on the exact way this is done. I have watered down my problem so that I can understand from 'first ...
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Show large information in a map (millions of points)

I have millions of points (census data) about 1.5Gb in a text file. But I only want to show an area based on this points like a heat map, so maybe I have to build polygons based on these points. What ...
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MapXtreme Java Edition

I'm learning GIS in Java with MapXtreme Java Edition but I can't find MapXtreme Java Edition file setup for Window (trial). Can you share link download or software for me?
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How can units be defined in QGIS for the Rasterize tool?

I am using QGIS 2.4 (Chugiak) via the kyngchaos build for OS-X. My question is--when using the Rasterize tool to convert a point vector layer to a raster and using the "Raster resolution in map units ...
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Smart quotes in ArcGIS (titles, legends)

Is there a way to ask ArcMap to use "smart quotes" in map titles, legends, etc.? This is what I've currently got on my map: I'd like the quotation marks and apostrophe to be curved instead. Pretty ...
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Geographical media coverage map - USA

I'd like to know if there are some maps giving the geographical coverage of the media publication, for example, a map giving the counties or even the cities where local newspapers are sold, and a map ...
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QGIS strongly offsetted symbols for categorized layers not visible on layer list (layer panel)

I am constructing a symbology for telecom analysis, which so far is mainly point and line features. So far it is working very well except that I have to offset the symbols to be able to avoid ...
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How to understand google map overlay type from object (polygon or polyLine)

var Line = new google.maps.Polyline({ path:predectionArray, editable: false, strokeColor: '#FF0000', strokeOpacity: 1.0, strokeWeight: 2 }); var Rect=new google.maps.Polygon({ ...
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Mask Bridge with Road

Is there a tool to create mask between bridge line/point on road? The requirement to have gaps 0.2mm between road and bridge and the offset fill with white color. For now, I add a white line attach to ...
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Displaying graph with value scale on Y axis using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have to symbolize my vector layer with Bar Graph in ArcGIS for Desktop. Along with the graph i have to display value scale on y Axis. Is this possible? I am using ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop but ...
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How to display bidirectional flows?

I'm working on a map showing oil shipping. Basically, I have a a series of nodes/line segments that make up the shipping network. I've joined the sums of oil that traveled along each node, so can ...
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dermacation label

i have 3 different features which are country.shp, division.shp district.shp what should i do if i want to make the label is arrange like figure 1 because when i label all the features using ...
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Is there a gallery of QGIS maps anywhere?

Specifically, I want to see the gorgeous map of Chugach State Park that you see when starting QGIS 2.4 "Chugiak". Is there a website out there where people share maps? I would like to share and see ...
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Library to produce pretty print maps including rasters

I've come across a variety of libraries for easily producing maps for printing, in a fully reproducible way using some sort of code or configuration file. For example, Kartograph looks lovely, Vincent ...
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How to change dimension annotation style in ArcMap 10.1?

For some reason, the option to add a "New" or "Import" style is grayed out. I tried creating a different dimension annotation feature class with the style I want, and then copy and pasting the ...
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Are there any simple map data sources like world.dat

I recently came across this blog post www.gnuplotting.org/plotting-the-world/ that used a file that holds a basic map of the world. Is there a name for this kind of data. Also is there a repository of ...
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English-taught bachelor programs in cartography and GIS science?

Is there any English-taught bachelor program in Cartography and GIS science in Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland? I've done massive homework about that, but haven't ...
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Can I create a circle label with a leader in ArcMap?

I want to create a circle label with a leader using the standard Maplex labelling engine and symbology. Only 1 or 2 digit numbers will appear in the label. I can easily make square or rectangular ...
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How do I display NYC community specific data on an interactive map without longitude/latitude coordinates?

I have downloaded the NY Department of Sanitation's Monthly Tonnage Collection data from https://data.cityofnewyork.us/City-Government/DSNY-Monthly-Tonnage-Data/ebb7-mvp5#revert and I want to use this ...
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Is there an easy-to-install website plugin for territory routing?

For an application I'm creating, I want to be able to place dots on a map in locations that my users will be visiting. Each user will have his own locations he has to visit, so I'd like to 'connect ...
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Setting symbol descriptions of ArcMap layout legends from table?

ArcMap has the ability to show an extended description for each item in the symbol list. How can I populate that property from a table? The goal is to avoid having to edit each symbol one by one in ...
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Can I use Representations (ArcGIS 10) to enclose a group of polygons with an outline without altering data?

ESRI describes representations as follows: A feature class representation is a property of a feature class that allows you to specify and store a series of rules that dictate the way the features ...
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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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Guidance when to style your features in Tilemill vs. Leaflet?

I've found this generally to be dependent on each project's goals (or what the client wants), but when you have the options, what any rules of thumb or guidelines do use you in a project to determine ...
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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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Why do we use the terms “longitude” and “latitude” for a spherical body?

To specify a geographic coordinate we use the terms “longitude” and “latitude”. Far as I know, these terms derive from the Latin latitudo (= breadth) and longitudo (= length). In German we use the ...
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How to calculate point from lat/long, angle, and distance? [duplicate]

I am trying to calculate the point from a given lat/long, a bearing, and a distance. This is for plotting weather given a aeronautical way point. For example: Given a waypoint with a known ...
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Enlarge region/features in shape file

I'm completely new to QGIS. I have a shape file over the counties in Denmark (see here for what the shape file looks like). The counties around Copenhagen are rather small and I'd like to add an ...