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Can I sell maps to third parties if I have Google Earth Pro License?

Not sure if this question is suitable for SE but I can't find answers anywhere else. I work as a GIS Analyst for a mining company that has its own GEPro license. As part of my job, I make PDF maps, ...
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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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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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How to create a value-by-alpha map in Java?

Someone has post similar question as mine before : similar question But my objective is slightly different. I have a shape file (.shp) (a country map) I would like to write a piece of java code to ...
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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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Where can I find a high quality real globe of a decent size without axis?

I'm trying to find a physical globe of a high map quality that doesn't have any axis or bearings as the axis mounted on standard desk globes completely obscures the arctic regions. High-quality map ...
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R : convert a spatial polygon objet to spatial polygon data frame

My goal is to modify an existing shapefile by merging certain polygons. After importing the shapefile and using the UnionSpatialPolygons command, I get the polygon outline that I want. However, this ...
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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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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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Openlayer map not loading

Just another OpenLayers problem Plugin is installed correctly but when I add a layer I get following message. (CRS is on Pseudo mercator) Can anyone help me out? An error has occurred while ...
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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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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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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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ArcGIS legend columns

I am making a legend in ArcGIS 10, and have a few layers with a large number of classes. When I try to display the legend with two columns for that layer, the second layer always lines up with the ...
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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 you insert a custom symbol?

How can you use a custom symbol for either dot density or proportional symbol maps in QGIS? Is there a way to import a symbol of your own such as a drawing or image that you can create or download ...
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Is it possible to use USGS .shd files in QGIS?

Has anyone successfully used QGIS with US Geological Survey shd files to map geology - specifically to display colors and geological symbols (dip/strike etc) stored in a USGS supplied shd file. ...
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Help choosing most suitable bivariate choropleth mapping coloring scheme

I am trying to overlay a nominal variable (2 categories - rainfed vs irrigated) in a choropleth map over a numeric variable. In order to highlight the difference in pattern among the two ...
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How to prepare automatic text labelling for legend using arcmap?

I need to label for text with legend without ungrouping layers. I have attached an example image to show the expected output model I am looking for your guidance. Thanks in advance.
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How to use directional shading on boundaries for cartographic effect?

The attached screenshot of a National Geographic map shows some beautiful directional shading of boundaries. I'm trying to reproduce this sort of shading for a burn perimeter map, as I want to ...
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Exporting from ArcGIS 10.2 to PDF for editing in Inkscape-Where are the layers?

I'm trying to export a simple street map with markers from ArcGIS 10.2 to PDF for editing in Inkspace (Note: I've tried this with exports to .ai and SVG as well with results similar to those recounted ...
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Is there a standard for oil pipeline symbology?

DEAR PEOPLE FROM THE FUTURE: Here's what we've figured out so far… To develop a map for specific public is recommended using some special symbology. I am in charge to develop a map for an audience in ...
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What is a good Javascript API for weather data?

I'm looking for a good javascript api which gives access to a weather data-base. I want to extract information like average number of rain days, amount of sunshine and average temperature. Is there ...
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European route E4 in geodata format

Good morning, Has anybody locate any kml, shp or gpx file with the complete European trail E4 ? Lots of google search navigates me to nowhere ... Dimitris
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Should I use a discrete or continuous scale for coloring a chloropleth?

I am making a choropleth for an upcoming local race using D3. There are two candidates running for an election. For any given polygon on my map, if the red candidate has more votes, the color should ...
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Which projection is being used in this figure?

I would like to use the projection being used in this figure. Does anyone know which one it is? Esp helpful if it is available in ArcGIS. From plant stress page thanks!
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What Makes a Map Beautiful?

Often times when we make maps it is based on our subjective interpretation of what is aesthetically pleasing. I would like if people posted examples of beautiful maps, displaying any phenomena in any ...
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How to create themed layer based on a list of geometries and specific risk values in Sharpmap

I am now using SharpMap for creating a network-based tool. By using SharpMap, for constructing network, the current functions in SharpMap enables the tool to capture coordinate on background layer and ...
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What do these curly graphics represent on this map?

What do the two curly graphics to the left and right of this map represent? They are the only two on the map and seem to be attached to the border of an area. I'm sorry I haven't posted the full ...
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Why do I get different output from gdal2tiles vs. maptiler?

I am trying to generate map tiles using gdal2tiles for an area much larger than MapTiler can handle. However, my tile caches are not showing up on the maps. I checked gdal2tiles by running the same ...
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Can QGIS automatically load an SLD with a Shapefile?

I have SLD's/lyr files with my shp/gdb files. They all have the same name except for the extension. Is it possible for me to force qgis to load the sld with the shp so that I don't need to manually go ...
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How to obtain overlapping semi-transparent circles effect?

I have been trying to obtain the following markers effect. How can I do the same in ArcGIS (or any free software)? This image is from a book.
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getting Intersections and streets from map

Am new to GIS and maps , but am working on a research concerning traffic analysis and I want to get the Intersections as nodes and the connecting streets as edges , what source could I find these data ...
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Export ArcMap cartographic representation to a symbol?

Using Cartographic Representation (CR) I've created a nice feature symbol with a filled interior and sharp outline. It looks great on a map, on screen and printed. However I can't duplicate that ...
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How to make Properties > Change Symbol > Symbol Selector > Edit Symbol dialog loading faster?

Is there any way to tweak ArcMap to make the loading of the Symbol Selector and Symbol Editor dialogs faster? I have a lot of symbols in my style files and I want to keep it that way since it is ...
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Cartographic Representation: how to use different rule for different polygon?

I create a file geodatabase to hold a polygon of the land boundary. What I would like to set up the RULE to separate colors. I had to split the polygons into 2 separate polygons and change the ID to ...
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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 ...