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Measure areas, lenghts in specific regions (Australia, Sout East Asia)

I'm in need to find a suitable projections to measure correctly areas and lenghts for 2 areas of interest. I want to measure both factors for: 1) First region Australia & New Zealand (1st ...
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How to automatically set polygons borders to improve map readability when rendering thematic maps?

When mapping an value as a color to render a thematic map the objects borders can alter the map readability a lot. For example in this thematic map of the US counties with black borders: There are a ...
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Is there demand for a service to publish web maps with lots of shapes? [closed]

Is anyone in the GIS community trying to publish choropleth web maps with a large (10s to 100s of thousands) number of polygons? and if so what's your current approach and what are the shortcomings of ...
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Which true type editor do you use to create/modify point symbols for GIS?

Which true type editor do you use to create/modify point symbols for GIS and what are the advantages and disadvantages of the tool? I am looking for a true type editor to create/modify custom point ...
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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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How to use the Cartographic Composer of GRASS 6.4.3?

Following on from my previous question (which was, again, how to use the Cartographic Composer)... I've got a GIS in GRASS. I need to print various bits of it. Problem is, it needs images on it ...
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R spplot tutorials

I'm in need of some tutorials/books/other training materials which cover how to use the spplot function in the sp package in R properly. As with many of these functions, it seems very powerful, but ...
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Moving a Google Map Marker on a Mac

I have exact lat & long coordinates that I will enter and hit return in Google maps. When I do this it displays this point with a green marker on the map but I can not move this marker. I want to ...
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How to create different label styles for different polygon classes?

I'm new to QGIS 2. I have a polygon shape with two classes, and I want to set different labeling style and different "Scale-based visibility" but I don't get how the expression works.
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Measuring scale for small scale maps

A cartography question: you open an atlas and usually at the beginning of it there are some world maps showing various thematics. Let's say the world map uses Robinson projection and it says it has a ...
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How to produce maps with copyright imagery on it in GRASS?

I'm having some trouble with a GIS that I've got to produce. I work for a contractor and we'll have to produce maps to do the work for our client. The client has specified that if we print maps out ...
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updating the extent automatically in the print composer

Just started using QGIS (after trying what I need to in GRASS). Using the Print Composer, I've put down a map which is based on the map in my map canvas, which is what I'll want to print. Then put ...
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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 do I make a map where overlapping symbols increase Opacity?

I was looking at some maps like: Map from Ship Logs or the Facebook worldwide friendships Mapped (via the Flowing Data blog) These Maps look good because single lines are almost transparent, and ...
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Criteria for cartographic capacity [closed]

For a paper at university i am trying to create a cataloge for cartographic capacity of different GIS programs, especially open source like QGIS and so on The aim of this is to eventually have a ...
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How to find difference between terrain and groundwater potential map?

I want to find the difference between a terrain map and groundwater potential map to show where it is possible to apply SUDS (sustainable drainage systems) but the units makes no sense. First in ...
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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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Lambert conformal conic projection - Europa

I am trying to calculate map of Europa in Lambert projection. I am using formula from wikipedia (Lambert wiki), but calculation is verřy slow with comparison to Mercator. I know, there are sin, cos, ...
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Customize search feature

I'm trying to create a map with CartoDB to show the spanish population between...at a municipality level. I can do everything perfectly, but I have just one problem: I would like to know if is ...
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Declination Diagram

What point on a UTM map does the declination diagram refer to? Is it the centre? Is it the edges? Is there a standard? The central meridian on a UTM map points to true north. Are grid north and true ...
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How to fill the area bounded by lines in QGIS?

There are two types of area I want to fill color: The areas bounded by a line, such as a building The area bounded by different lines, such as the river I don't know how with QGIS. I only know how ...
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Making a simple 3D map for browsers with my current geodata

I want to try to make a 3D map for a small area (10 square miles) with some housing, some roads and some vegetation on it. My geodata is as follows: Shapes with houses/roads/vegetation. LIDAR ...
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Is there a JavaScript SDK for Vehicle Tracking?

Does exist a JavaScript SDK for Vehicle Tracking? Like this one:Map Suite
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Connecting a map to live data from Yahoo Finance

I have a vector world map and am trying to connect it to Yahoo Finance, Live, in such a way that: a) If a particular country's currency goes down, the map of that country will go RED and if it goes ...
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Create a Dynamic Table in your Map Layout - how to use Graphic table element?

Is this Solution (Create a Dynamic Table in your Map Layout using graphic table element) is part of this Extension ESRi production-mapping extension ? how can i use graphic table element ?
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flex/AIR based SLD generator?

Styling layers in GeoServer can be tedious to say the least. While Styler can relieve some of that tedium, it doesn't yet work in chrome. It can wreck existing styles if not carefully used and still ...
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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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Choice of Cartographic Font

I am currently trying to choose suitable fonts for a map. A very time consuming experience - actually too time consuming as i´m not a trained typographer and will inevitably make all the classic ...
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Forcing Lat/Lon Bounding Box to appear on LCC Projection Map in matplotlib-Basemap

I'm trying to do some plots of data on a basemap of Australia using matplotlib-Basemap. I'm finding the interface for creating the basemap to be tricky. Specifically, I have lat/lon definitions for ...
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Map Design: Pros and Cons of using ArcGIS Halos to improve readability of text in a map

I have to create a map which involves 2 overlapping Layers. The underlying layer is coloured, the upper layer is hatched. On top of this I need to annotate the regions. In ArcGIS the dirtiest method ...
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Making Map Matching Points to Roads

I'm having some trouble while map matching these points for some streets. Could you lend me a hand?
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Newbie, I want to make a map that shows something along the lines of the following:

What is the average income for housing units (middle, mixed, family, etc.) within a 2 mile radius of parks for the City of Anaheim? or What is the average number of parks within the 1/2 mile radius ...
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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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Map background and style

I'm very new at GIS and GeoServer. I managed to import some maps but they look like this. Somehow it has the data required but displays it as dots. How can I have it like google maps? With city names ...
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escape the cut of western/eastern hemispheres

I am very new to QGIS and GIS in general, so I am struggling with the following: when I do a map of Russia, I get the part next to Alaska being drawn far left from Europe, as it lies behind 180o... I ...
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How to automate creation of PNG maps using Python?

I have a project with 50 vector layers and I have done custom styling for them. Now I want to make around 30 png files with different xmin, ymin, xmax, ymax. The output size (png) should be width ...
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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 do you store brief cartographical tips, information, possible future designs that you find?

I find inspiring maps and/or brief, 1-line design tips (i.e. "when satellite image is used as a basemap, I like to desaturate the tarnation out of it" that I may want to consider later using in a ...
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Can QGIS display projected coordinate system for map, at same time as lat/long graticule and scalebar in km? [closed]

I am aware of this question, which was posted a year ago, but its accepted answer appears to be a workaround rather than a solution to the issue which is the subject of this Question. I wish to ...
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Fix Labels United States Map Help R, R-Studio?

Does anyone know how to deal with the labels that do not fit within a states boarders? I need the labels on the east coast to be moved outside of the state and a line drawn pointing to the ...
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How to join number of point features into attribute of nearest line segment

I have point shapefile with lot of attributes, that represent road accidents and line shapefile with highways. What i want is to join attribute into line shapefile with value, that represent number of ...
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How do I overlay a KML on leaflet 0.4.4

I am using Leaflet 0.4.4, I have a KML I would like to overlay on the map, how do I go about doing this? Edit: I am already aware of https://github.com/CloudMade/Leaflet/issues/14, which directs ...
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Data Driven Pages and exporting PDF using Python

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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Population density map

I have California population density data from from the U.S. Census in an Excel file. The spatial information is provided in ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs). How do I plot a population density map ...
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How to symbolize different information that's joined to a single plot in a shapefile

I am a student doing an industrial survey in Windhoek, Namibia. We mapped different businesses and later did spatial analysis. Questionnaires were handed to different businesses and then that ...
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EPSG code as dynamic text in ArcGIS

Is it possible to get ArcGIS to show the EPSG code for a coordinate system as dynamic text? The default text is quite verbose (see below), and I think just showing the "Coordinate System" is probably ...
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How to improve cartographic visualization of overlapping polygons?

I need some advice about how to improve the visualization of cartographic information. User can select different species and the webmapping app shows its geographical distribution (polygonal degree ...
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Where can I find QGIS Cartogram plug-in?

Can anyone point me in the right direction of the cartogram plugin please? I've had a look on the net but can't find what I'm looking for. Thanks
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How geographically accurate is Google Earth?

I'm using a KML file which I have loaded in to Google Earth. I am looking at some islands, and see items such as the following island: Note the blue region is the polygon describing the area ...
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Arctic EPSG:4326 map projection?

Does anyone know of a source for an Arctic EPSG:4326 map projection? Obviously I'm a GIS newbie, so gentle pointers in the right direction appreciated! It's a long story. I have some arctic ice ...