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How to style a point based on Actual Attribute Values?

I have published a point layer in Geoserver, which is the data from a GPS Survey. In addition to the geometry, my layer, also contains an Attribute for Accuracy, which indicates the Accuracy in meters ...
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Python package for Google Maps API v3?

I am looking for a Python package that can generate the JavaScript to display Google Maps API v3. I would like to integrate such package into a django website. I know pymaps exists but it's for ...
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How to connect door nodes using a polyline

I am working on an indoor positioning project which need to transform CAD drawings to GIS shape files. I have transformed the file from CAD to ArcMap 10.1 already. My current problem is that how ...
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How to make beautiful maps in R?

There are quite some nice possibilities to analyse spatial data in R and in the context of my current project I would like to use R more frequently to do that. Until now I plot my maps with ggplot2 ...
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Where did the texture fill option go in QGIS 1.9 Master?

In the previous version (1.8) of QGIS you could select to fill a polygon using a PNG or JPG image. This option seems to have gone from QGIS 1.9 Master. I can get it by selecting the "Old Symbology" ...
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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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How to print pie charts in QGIS?

I added pie charts via text-file to my map. When printing the map they get lost. Does anyone know how to print them? QGIS also seems to delet some charts, when there are to many at one place. Does ...
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Offline Map - QGraphicsGeo

I’ve realized a desktop application based on Qt Mobility for displaying maps and adds some landmarks in real-time (like QGeoMapObject). I've to see the track of some vehicles... I've used the code ...
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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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Intersection between two SpatialPolygonsDataFrame using gIntersection function in R

I want to select a subset of my map (a SpatialPolygonsDataFrame) to create a new vector map = part of the initial map included inside a given polygon (eventually, inside several polygons). I have a ...
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How to colour polygons with a completely transparent fill using MapServer?

Is it possible to fill polygons so that they are completely transparent in MapServer? I want to have a black background that is slightly opaque, and wherever there is a polygon I want that to be ...
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High Resolution Sinusoidal Interrupted Projection of the Earth

My grandfather built a rather large globe 10 years ago and never got to complete it (he started drawing about a fifth of it by hand and just gave up after that). I have been looking for a sinusoidal ...
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Are there any books about the psychology of cartography?

I have the daunting task to do a seminar about the psychology of cartography. I have zero training in this field and would like to ask if anyone has ever tackled this angle?...I would like to ...
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Need help in how to map ZIP codes data by year [closed]

I'd like to build a graphic showing where city employees live, based on their date of hire. I have a list showing the hire date and the ZIP code for each employee. There are about 4,000 employees. I ...
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How to present three spatial variables in one map? [closed]

I want to assign 3 category of variables in a single map. In other words, I have to produce a cartographic visualization of the damage including a legend listing: damaged surface area in the ...
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How to style points in QGIS based on multiple attributes

While trying to find a useful way having earthquakes displayed, I noticed that it isn't that easy to manage. I'd like to be able to recognize the "Magnitude", "Date", and "Depth" from the style of ...
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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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Is there an easy way to taper huge amounts of drainage vectors?

I've performed hydrological analysis using r.watershed using GRASS and now I have some stream vectors for a large area. Next, I'm planning to taper these streams to varying width to make them appear ...
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Transform csv-coordinates into area

I'm working with an inventory of a species in Southern Sweden. I have recorded my findings (together with coordinates, name of the species and year of finding) and created a CSV-file with i have ...
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What are the background/geography and foreground/data parts of a map called?

Consider a geographical map, e.g. a street map or satellite map, overlaid with some data, e.g. crime density or distance to closest voting booth. The former part is only used to orient the reader, so ...
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Is the quadrilateralized spherical cube map projection the same as Snyder's cubic equal area map projection?

Is the quadrilateralized spherical cube map projection [1] the same as Snyder's cubic equal area map projection [2]? I know both are equal area polyhedral map projections ( ...
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How to improve the cartographic design of graticules?

The attached image shows a conflict between the graticule and the state boundary on a map. I have not found a way to display user-defined lines of latitude, which would solve the 42 degree line ...
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How can I make segmented roads appear as one line?

I am footling around with Quantum GIS and the British OS Strategi dataset. If I render the roads with a simple line style they look fine: However, if I apply something slightly fancier, it looks ...
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Can you print cross-hatch area fills like they appear on screen?

I'm trying to use a cross-hatch symbol on polygons in QGIS. When displayed on screen, they look just fine - both in the map and in the composer. The problem is when they are rendered to an image ...
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How to represent overlapping lines in ArcGIS 10.1?

I have lots of lines (in one feature class) which share the same location but I want to represent them as lines that are next to each other because they have different properties (different OWNERS). ...
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Making a Map with a Legend as a .pdf Without a White Background

I have a shapefile of United States counties. I also have an Excel file of the share of the black population in each county. I'd like to make a map of this using GIS. (Before you say that there are ...
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What are the “must read” academic articles every GIS professional should read?

There was a related question a while back that dealt with the top GIS blogs, but I'm also very interested in "academic" sources of GIS information. I'm currently updating my repository of information ...
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Getting a constant background color for transparency

I am creating a series of tif files at 1:10k scale over a vast area (760 tiles) using arcpy.mapping.ExportToTIFF and then stitch them together to create a single ecw. The output looks ok but when I ...
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ESRI/ArcGIS draw protractor

I am using ArcGIS maps and trying to follow JS API. I am trying to understand how can I add a protractor on the map which will help in angles while drawing polygons. I understand I could add a Feature ...
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What's the convention for “upside down” labels?

I have line features that are to be used for labels. These lines are correctly oriented(rotated) and positioned such that text placed on them should give a good cartographic output. Compare the below ...
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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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Auto zoom on multipolygon with leaflet

I have a geojson with a multipolygon and I want to fit this multipolygon to the map. The map center only on one polygon not on the multipolygon. Here is my script var map = L.map('map',{ ...
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Making an access plan with openstreetmap

What tool would be best to create an access plan (with directions written on roads, local zooms, etc.) from OpenStreetMap (preferably using the MapQuest Open map)?
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QGIS 1.8 map composition problem

I have recently installed QGIS 1.8 when I make a map with the adequate layer I switch to the map composition menu and try to insert a map in the white page. I draw the rectangle but nothing appears ...
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How can I render latitude-longitude coordinates on a map with D3?

I am trying to overlay dots of arbitrary sets of longitude-latitude coordinates on top of a United States map. So far I have found the D3 cartography example, but when I try to place dots on X,Y ...
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How to reproduce Stamen's Toner PostGIS setup?

I'm trying to render Stamen's toner map with Landez which uses Mapnik. The style I'm rendering is from Stamen's toner project. I'm using the one which only renders labels (no lines). I imported the ...
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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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Creating dynamic GIS charts in ArcGIS 10.1

I have generated a table which has road segments which get inundated during different flood events. I want to be able to add a pie chart to the map which shows that during each flood ARI (1y, 2y, 5y, ...
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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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how does arcmap calculate scalebar inside a WGS84 layout?

ArcMap lets you put a scalebar inside a layout referncing a WGS84 data frame. How is the scale calculated? Is it a "mean" scale? And, in case it's right, what "mean" scale could mean?
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Reordering Category Layers in QGIS

I was wondering if there is a way to reorganize the layers when applying a style based on a categorizing value? I have many values, but I would like to rearrange them alphabetically. In ArcMap there ...
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How to do bivariate or multicriteria line symbolization in QGIS?

Bonjour, je cherche à faire sur Qgis un tracé d'un itinéraire avec comme légende une couleur pour le type de route et la largeur du trait pour la fréquentation de cette route. J'ai vu qu'il était ...
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How do you create Revision Table in Arcmap for OSM contribution?

I have created the following detailed file for upload to OSM in ArcMap but don't know about creating a OSM Revision Table to be able to put the data into OSM. At 1:10,000 At 1:1000 The tool ...
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Which program that merges excel data onto shapefiles is easiest to use?

some options for merging looks like fusion tables, vizmaps, and these 2 http://mapbox.com/tilemill/docs/guides/joining-data/ ...
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Is there a simple way to create a new custom vector marker symbol for ArcMap?

I would like to create a set of custom marker symbols for environmental sampling locations. I need there to be "vector" marker symbols not picture symbols. I've tried picture marker symbols and there ...
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Is there a way to add system date in print composer?

Is there a way in the Print Composer of QGIS to create a label that will automatically update the date (systems date) instead of having a label that you have to manually have to update?
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Need to create custom map based the spatial Database

I need to create a custom map in .net 2008 c# webapplication based the spatial database(sqlserver 2008) without using any third party tools For example in sqlserver 2008 i am create a map using this ...
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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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Grid perspective tool

I'm not a cartographer, but want to use a map for my project from world atlas book. I scanned the map, but no matter how carefully it is scanned, it's perspective is slightly distorted and it's ...
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How to create polygon “stamps” and extend lines by fixed distance? in QGIS

This is related to Does QGIS have these CAD editing functions? Cadtools have solved a lot of the issues I had but I need the ability to see how long a line is while I am drawing an orthoganal ...