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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 ...
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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 to produce a Peirce quincuncial map?

As far as I know neither PROJ4 nor ESRI tools can apply the Peirce quincuncial projection. Does anybody know what libraries/softwares can manage it?
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How to avoid colliding parallel lines in QGIS Composer

I am preparing a map which is concerned with showing two line features and there relative location to each other. The line features are 20 m apart and at a scale of 1:50 000 or bigger on A3 I want to ...
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Looking for a colormap for SRTM like OCM Landscape

In Quantum GIS there's an OpenLayers plugin. I would very much like to use the same colormap/scheme/theme used in the OCM Landscape layer and apply it to SRTM image I have. I checked the the open ...
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How to connnect two lines with different width so it looks good?

Simple question, how do you create a symbol with or without representation to connect two lines with different line width so it looks good? I need to have a smooth transition between the lines, ...
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Advanced colour palette for raster data

I'm working with satellite date namely chlorophyll and sst. Each geophysical parameter generally has standard colours to represent them. I'm importing geotiffs into Qgis and I'm having difficulty ...
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Beautiful MapServer maps and their map files [closed]

Looking for beautiful MapServer produced maps and their associated map files to get insights from it. beautiful is subjective, quick definition: pleasant to look at such as maps from ...
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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 to produce a better inset map?

Attached is an example of a generic inset map designed in ArcMap 10. For all the wonderful things that this software can accomplish, there has to be a more sophisticated way to produce better looking ...
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MapServer Pixmap Symbol GAP for Park Polygon Layer

I have a Polygon layer (National Park) PNG Pixmap symbol (from Maki icon set) MapServer 5.6 If I use the PNG Pixmap symbol for my Polygon Layer, Mapserver fills the polygon layer with the png ...
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Can I reproduce this classic cartographic hillshade relief effect (hachures) electronically using modern DEM data?

I own a number of old cetral-European maps and I always liked the classic hand-drawn cartographic hillshade relief presentation that these maps feature. I am not wanting to reproduce the shading ...
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How to improve the display of color images?

I've found some really nice color ramps for portraying rasters, but in ArcGIS and QGIS, they don't seem to be easily usable for a finished product because their complexity causes obvious steps rather ...
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Seeking a GIS for indoor mapping and direction finding

I've seen a few options for indoor GIS platforms such as Google's indoor mapping, implementations of OpenLayers, Open Street Map, and many other plausible solutions. There's even a post on here asking ...
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Colors standard in Arc GIS 10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Color palette conventions Which standards are required in GIS about colors? for example Which kinds of colors we should use in GIS?
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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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Opensource solutions for finishing maps

After seeing the $600 price tag for Adobe Illustrator, I am especially interested in learning open source solutions for finishing maps created in a GIS. What open source, or commonly available, ...
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Is it possible to convert an ESRI style sheet to a font set?

This is related to Retain ESRI symbology in Mapinfo TAB As a workaround I am wondering if I can save all my ESRI symbology from the lyr files created using the script below to an ESRI style sheet and ...
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Symbol Level in ArcGIS 9: 'Broken' look of symbols, how to resolve

I am using symbol levels in ArcMap to style roads so that I have a banded feel. My problem is that at intersections and sharp turns, the cartography gives a broken effect in the road. How can this be ...
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Export Data Driven Pages extents to Kmz

Is it possible to export the extents of DDP to KMZ using arcpy - Map to KML (Conversion)? Alternatively can we export each extent of a single DDP extent to a new mxd and then run arcpy.MapToKML_3d on ...
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How to calculate forest area of a bitmap (jpeg) map?

I have a map of 1:50,000 scale map in .jpg format. Can i calculate the land area of forest,lakes etc from arcmap.Anybody can give me the step to do it? And I want to know what is the coordinate ...
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How to capture data for mapping

Well it might be an newbie question but I can't find it In my project I need the paths in a campus but these paths are inexistents so I'm going to walk around and mapping (I don't know if it's the ...
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Map missing in map composer and when I print map

I am new to QGIS and am probably missing something but when I set up a new composer and add a map to the page nothing appears. I have pressed the render button and the up date with no results. When I ...
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How best to map lines based on multiple attributes?

I need to plot lines onto a map to display road quality. I'm already using colours to distinguish between different road conditions, but I also need to display another factor - the survey origin. ...
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How to make an emf into a character marker symbol north arrow?

I have an emf that I would like to make into a North Arrow. How do I get the emf to be a Character Marker Symbol in ArcGIS 10?
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I need help with saving Graphics to the a map

I have everything working just like I need it to, but when I add a new graphic to the map it does not save it. So I will add it, close the application, and when I reopen it the graphic is gone. I have ...
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What are the essential elements of a cartouche, if any…?

I'm trying to design artistic cartouches for some maps that show traditional knowledge locations from specific First Nations in Canada so the cartouche's will reflect their Nation's identity, culture, ...
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Create a summary table of the symbology of all datasets in multiple mxd's

This is related to the following Retain ESRI symbology in Mapinfo TAB . As an initial step (in arcpy) I want to access the symbology of all the datasets and create a document which has the details of ...
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Cartographic techniques for symbolizing routing data

Some common problems with displaying routes created from street data, such as bus routes, include: Routes may overlap themselves, such as when a route takes the same road in opposite directions ...
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Cartographic technique for detailing a 'Focus Area'

I'm working on updating a planning document. Whoever was in charge of cartography last time around used a great technique to identify and showcase focus areas (where to focus money and effort for ...
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How to represent an imaginary flat world in QGIS without using a round-world CRS

Like one or two other users, I'm interested in using QGIS to map an imaginary flat world. A previous answer suggested simply refraining from defining a CRS for such a world, but I cannot seem to make ...
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What is a good resource for making choropleth maps using excel data?

I would like to make a choropleth map of Malaysian regions, colour-coding them by population density. Is there a place where I can find templates of such a map?
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Color polygons so each is distinct from its neighbors

I'm using ArcGIS 10, and I have a layers of 2010 Census blocks, block groups, and tracts. There are thousands of polygons in these layers. I want to color them so that each is distinct from its ...
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Ideas for showing Land Use and Zoning on a Single Map

I was wondering if any of you had any creative ways to clearly show zoning and landuse together on a single map. I thought about showing one in a thick outline and the other in a fill with no outline ...
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How can I setup a simple web mapping system?

I'm new to mapping and GIS and I'd like to setup a mapping system to display informations on a map, I think the following could work but I'm not sure how good it is.. 1- I store my data (lat, lng ...
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Is there any swamps/marshes symbol using Quantum GIS?

I am having hard time to find nature symbols for polygons. Any tips to find more symbol (any plugins?)
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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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QGIS not reading colormap from hand-edited .qgs file

I have a set of rasters which store solar radiation incidence over the course of a year. In QGIS, I want to map the same extent, and with the same reference features, varying only the solar raster ...
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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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How can I modify the tiles size in Openscales or other ways to boost the application performance

I am developing an application in Flex that uses Openscales and GeoServer in order to provide a map in the background. It works but the perfs aren't really good; even if everything is on the same ...
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How much Water on Earth(USGS) : A Wrong Map representation?

I happened to read a USGS article, How much water is there on, in, and above the Earth? showing a representation of all the water(which includes water from Oceans, Seas,Bays,Ice caps, Glaciers, ...
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Different level of detail(layers) on different zoom level at OpenLayers map

I want display different detail(layers) on different zoom level on OpenLayers map. I mean when zoom in should display lot of layers and when zoom out those unsuitable layers should hide automatically. ...
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Is the Mercator projection or the Gall-Peters projection of the world more accurate?

I've been researching the concept of Eurocentrism, an ideology that views the world from a very European perspective. It's seen in literature, in academia, in world history, and perhaps even in ...
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Is there any extension to “optimize” the creation of maps in QGIS?

is there any extension to "optimize" the creation of maps in QGIS? i searched the repository, but found nothing useful, maybe i searched in a wrong way.. there are some things i am really missing: ...
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How should I correctly exaggerate a hillshade raster (ArcGIS10, Spatial Analyst)?

I once wanted to generalize a high resolution raster and instead of MEAN i accidentally selected the default SUM technique, using a cell factor 5 (Lidar DEM is 1m resolution). When I used this result ...
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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 ...