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Examples of Beautiful Maps (at a county level or closer)

The Examples of Beautiful Maps question was outstanding and it gave us some great results. I was wondering if anyone else had similar examples, but at a county or parcel level. At those levels, I ...
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How to reset the length of the control of scaleLine in OpenLayers?

I want to change the style of the control of the ScaleLine,but I have no idea where to change it,anybody can give me some advice? map.addControl(new OpenLayers.Control.ScaleLine());
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any good blogs about digital cartography?

I´m looking for blogs or good websites about digital/web cartography...i´m not really interested in the deep technical ramblings (i´ve the forum lists for that) but rather inspirational blogs which ...
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How to scale map appropriately?

I am suppose to make a map. The specifications are 1:50k scale centered on a certain point. They want to view a distance of 30 miles from that centered point, but when I scale to 1:50k the map is ...
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after reinstall geoserver how to locate old geoserver files [closed]

i have published lots of Arch GIS map on Geo server software. but few days ago because of some problem in my system i have uninstalled Geo server 2.1.4 from my system. but i kept a copy of my Geo ...
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How can I create a legend with the new data defined symbols functionality?

I have a large geology data set that I need to display using an industry standard set of symbols and colours. The symbols and colours are attributes of the data. I have been using the data defined ...
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Searching 'select by color' for raster or map data

I'm planing to create an online map component with which the user can create/draw polygons based on underlying raster data. Is there some library / tool / procedure existing which enables the ...
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GIS professionals working from home?

How many of you out there work from home? What kind of company / organization do you work for (private, government, municipal, institution..?). How did you convince your employer it was a good idea? ...
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How do I completely fill polygons with text labels on a per-feature basis?

I would like to create a map of regions, where each region is completely filled with its specific chunks of text. Think a map of Wordles in the shape of regions that are assembled together into a map. ...
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why is my map is not in the center when I load my map in OpenLayers?

why is my map is not in the center when I load my map in OpenLayers?And when I drag my map,it dont move sometimes,It has been tortured me for a long time,any advice would be grateful! var maxExtent = ...
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How to remove white parts in ArcMap 10.1?

This is the part of my map. On this picture you can see white strips. Some of this white parts are appeared on the intersection of 2 Mosaic Dataset (for eaxample, there is the real map in 1 Mosaic ...
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Is it possible to indicate an angle to a point marker symbol from field without using representation?

Is it possible to indicate an angle to a point marker symbol automatically from data from a field without using Representation ?
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Is there a name for a situation when the place is clearly or unclearly named?

This is not specific to any system. Suppose there's a large red rock on a terrain which can be easily found and clearly seen and there's an artificial object such as a mall near that large red rock. ...
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how can I set the StartBounds, units, and tileSize correctly in OpenLayers?

how can I set the StartBounds, units, and tileSize correctly in OpenLaters?I can not make sure this parameters,for I use jsonp,and it will dynamticly read layerinfo from esri rest resources. var ...
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Looking for symbology for NAICS codes

I am curious if anyone has come up or has a good graphic style they can share that is symbology for NAICS codes. I have a large dataset that I want to symbpolize based on the 2 digit NAICS industry ...
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Where to start learning how to make maps with QGIS?

I have no skills in GIS, "map-making," or any other map program. Been a county planner for 25 yrs, where there was always a "drafting" staff. I'm in another agency now and need to be able to produce ...
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What does this style of line on Topographic maps indicate

If I was reading the purpose of this stackexchange site right, I could also ask general map questions. Not necessarily regarding software. Anyways, I was wondering if someone could inform me what ...
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What does 8GK100K mean?

I have a lot of mosaic datasets: Zone8GK100k, Zone9GK100k, ... , Zone7GK25k, ... , Zone7Gk50K, ... , Zone7GK200K. As I know, 7GK, 8GK... are utm zone numbers. 1) What does 25K, 50k, 100k, 200k ...
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Good Symbology for Interactive Web Mapping

When a user clicks on a map what should they expect to see? I would say a symbol for where they clicked. A pushpin seems to be the most accepted icon for generic data. Google has pushed the upside ...
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Map Boundaries in WP8

How to set boundaries for the Map Control in WP8? So that the user cannot pan over those boundaries. I also need to set min and max zoom level.
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Legend of a raster map with categorical data

I would like to plot a raster containing 4 different values (1) with a categorical text legend describing the categories such as 2 but with colour boxes. I've tried using legend such as : legend( ...
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How to fix the map display in a specific area in Flex Viewer 3.4 ,flash builder 4.6 [duplicate]

Can anybody help me to set the map display fixed in a specific area? I am working with Flex Viewer 3.4 and flash builder 4.6. Thanks.
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How to represent several points with same coordinates on map?

I'm working on Arcgis 10. I have a point shapefile representing events with several points having coinciding coordinates (They have the same coordinates). For representing them in a dynamic way, I ...
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Is the ArcMap style database format available somewhere?

The *.style files are MS Access databases where each style type is a table. The table has one binary column where the actual style is written. Is this binary format available? I would like to import ...
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Polygonize.py outputs into a single file or simple merge?

Given an unique raster topographic file at start, I want to get vector polygons for elevations thresholds 1m, 200m, 500m, 1000m, 2000m into a single shp file. I first slice my raster into 5 (or more) ...
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Gdal_polygonize: How to filter pixels above a given value (elevation)?

Given a topographic GIS raster of one country: Given an elevation threshold n = 50 (meters) How to polygonize pixels when z >= n ? gdal_polygonize.py is not clear on this point. It states This ...
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Change Circle Size According to Value using R

How do I change circle size in a population map according to the population density of the location? library(maptools) library(RColorBrewer) library(classInt) library(maps) ## load the file ## pop ...
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albers projection to Lat, Lon

Thanks in advance for helping me with my issue. This GIS stuff is using parts of my brain that have remained idle since high school, and some parts are working faster than others. I have land data ...
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How to symbolize a large amount of points with lots of color

I have an interactive map with a very large amount of different points. Depending on user selection, various points are shown or not-shown. These points are divided into several categories, each ...
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How to map out commuting patterns by county?

I am looking to create a map that shows the commuting patterns in between counties. I am using data from Table 1 at this link. Obviously it will be formatted in a different way. Any ideas? Also, ...
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How to display my country's map?

I am newbie in Geomajas and I tried to create new Geomajas application using the documentation in http://files.geomajas.org/maven/trunk/geomajas/docbook-gettingstarted/html/master.html. I don't know ...
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How do I produce map images for Wikipedia?

I would like to make several map images (e.g. SVG or PNG) like those on wikipedia but in not popular projection. I am interested in scripting solution. Here I found this note: Generation Notes perl ...
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Are there any cartography “rules” you should follow when labeling maps?

We've all seen poorly labeled maps before. In these maps, the wording is either illegible or unpleasant to view due to positioning, color choice or size, or the labels take up so much map space that ...
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Breaking a range of values into buckets for a gradient

If I have a range of values and want to make a choropleth map with a gradient, what algorithms are out there to determine the value ranges for the different colors in the gradient? For example, if I ...
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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 ...
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How to draw on an ESRI.PrototypeLab.Surface? [closed]

i'm trying to draw on the ESRI map enabled to Microsoft Surface (ESRI Map -> Surface) but i can't find the way to do so. The problem is that the Draw method (which come from the ArcGIS API for WPF, ...
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How useful is the ESRI Production Mapping extension for cartography? [closed]

I would like to find out how useful is the $9000? ESRI Production Mapping extension. According to ESRI is helps "Standardize and centralize detailed cartographic production with tools for creating ...
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Free cartographic texture resources

I've been trying without success to find free textures to use in TileMill. I'm looking for fairly simple, abstract textures, like a dotted pattern (to indicate national parks). Are there any well ...
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How to map and color localities (provinces) with an external CSV using Quantum GIS

I use a Swiss shape file map (called PLZO_PLZ) available on http://www.cadastre.ch/internet/cadastre/fr/home/products/plz/data.html (ZIP file Shape LV03) PLZO_PLZ contains a column called PLZ which ...
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Changing Default Layer Switcher

How can I change layerswitcher properties(radio button) ? So I want to change just like drop down list ?
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How to improve the color matching between a scanned image of a map and the original?

When I scan a section of paper map using a Canon Lide 200 A4 scanner, the resulting image has colours which are not true to the original. The most annoying is where the predominantly white paper ...
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What are the elements that a good map should have?

I have drawn a map with some coordinate(longitude and latitude). What are good points that a map should have eg labels, legend, etc. Edit: The map if for the purpose of locating different objects ...
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How to map Traffic Count Points to Streets?

I've got point data representing traffic count locations and I am trying to figure out the best way to represent them on a map.I thought about kriging to provide a continuous surface but I don't think ...
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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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Calculate length of 2,000 paths - lines in Google Earth?

I have ~2,000 paths/lines drawn in Google Earth and I would like to know their cumulative length. How can I do this easily? I have been able to convert into excel the Lat & Long of each point in ...
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Splitting a bounding box into n amount of bounding boxes

Firstly, I've never worked in the GIS area before nor do I have much knowledge of the mathematics behind some of the stuff I am trying to implement. Perhaps i'm getting in over my head. My Situation ...
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Plot specific area of map

Is there a way to zoom in a map on an R spatial polygons object. i.e. if I have polygons for a whole country but I want to zoom in on a specific city and just plot that area how do I do that ? At ...
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Labeling contour lines in ArcMap [duplicate]

Can anybody give me advice on how to label contours as shown in Figure 2 below? I would like to be able to put the label "on" the line, which is easy enough. But I'd also like for the contour line to ...
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Mapserver mapscript map inset

What is the recommended way to produce a map similar to the one in http://www.nexusenergy.com.au/6468050/nexus-energy-oil-gas-exploration-and-productio.htm I would like to dynamically create the ...
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How to create an Azimuthal Equidistant map for long-distance radio?

I'm trying to produce world or continent scale maps that use the Azimuthal Equidistant projection. I'm a radio amateur, and to an antenna, the whole world looks like spread out on a flat plane, with ...