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How to show forested areas in ArcMap

Was wondering if someone could give me some pointers for a project I am working on. I am needing to create a map to show nest sites for a breeding bird. If I add a base layer map and add points with ...
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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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Optimal ArcGIS PDF export compression settings for raster topographic basemaps

There are a number of different compression options for exporting pdf files from ArcGIS (eg RLE, LZW, Deflate etc). But which is best for exporting raster topographic basemaps? Generally such maps ...
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Getting information out of an ArcGIS .lyr file

I'm using ArcGIS 10 and I downloaded a Raster layer from here: http://bioval.jrc.ec.europa.eu/products/glc2000/products.php When I unzip it I get the following files: 1 Aux-File (15KB) 1 ...
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How to link map to a timeline using Odyssey.js

Background info of our project: we are trying to do a vertical timeline that is linked to a map and story for web. Visuals are attached. We are using this plugin, ...
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Ohio State Plane to Lat/Lon

I've looked into a few other posts/libraries as far as converting between State Plane (Easting/Northing) to get a Lat/Lon value, however I've run into some trouble. I saw here ...
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Create custom map for event [closed]

I wish to create a custom map for an event by using professional GPS hardware. 1/. Going on-site to to position & save positions & objects such as : scenes / stand / red cross tent / water ...
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How to display raster attributes by default in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a 4-bit thematic raster image with a color map from white to dark blue (Figure 1). The values 1 - 6 represent tree canopy cover at various breakpoints. I also created a raster attribute table ...
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ArcMAP Index Grid, feature list

I am creating a simple map of state owned lands in my County. I want to use a lookup table that I can use to list a number of attributes and associate with the FID between features on the map and the ...
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How do you change the map units returned on ArcGISRuntime 10.2.4 for .NET

I am working on a project that requires the frequent usage of feet as the expected unit of input and output. We're using the .NET SDK with the Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Controls.Mapview in WPF. Basically we ...
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How to plot lat/long stored as text in Oracle DB using report builder/SSRS r2

We use an Oracle 10g database. However we write reports using SSRS or report builder, using the Oracle connection type to the datbase. In oracle we have 2 text fields, one for lat and one for long. ...
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Resources for Learning 508 Compliance/Accessibility Requirements for GIS Figures

Does anyone know of any quality resources (books, papers, presentations, websites) for learning about 508 Compliance/Accessibility requirements in relation to cartography (GIS figures and templates)? ...
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Can QGIS place diagrams in map legend?

I have this map and I want to put these red circles in the legend of the map according to this form: Is there a way to do that in QGIS? Thanks
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How do I combine high resolution and generalized hillshade rasters to produce enhanced shaded relief?

I often add LiDAR data to a map along with a shaded relief. Most of the time i have to generalize the LiDAR dem depending on the scale of the map. Still, there is often too much detail and mountain ...
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Making a 3D map with shapefiles, lidar and aerial image data

I want to try to make a simple 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. ...
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Why don't shapefiles online contain the coastline (country borders)?

I have searched everywhere and Geofabric has the best packages of shps yet doesn't have the coastline of countries. I'm talking about the line that demarcates a country i suppose they are called ...
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Software development and cartography [duplicate]

What are the steps to create dynamic mapping web application with opensource software?
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Calculating distance between latitude and longitude points using python

I have a database of 2000 points, which is in CSV format containing latitude and longitude. I want to find the distance between all these points, and then show these points in a map by using pyQGIS; I ...
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Simplifying road network for cartography?

How do I simplify and merge segments of a complex network for cartographic purposes? As you can see, i have a lots of segments and i want to merge and simplify to looks neat on a scale of 1: 100 000. ...
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Data Frame Property options have changed

I have Googled and searched ESRI help files and experimented until I am blue, not to mention reloading ArcGIS Desktop10 for Repair and adding the SP5 to it. I no longer have the options of border or ...
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Map production checklist for organisation

I would like to create a map production workflow list for my GIS colleagues at a local public authority. When someone orders a map, I would like to have a kind of check list where we can just run ...
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Colour coding by day - any conventions?

I'm working on a map showing on which days garbage is collected in different areas. That means it's pretty tempting to colour code each zone with a different colour representing a day of the week. ...
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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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Representing overlapping polylines in QGIS

I have several shapefiles representing bus lines with different colors for each segment, however, because the lines are exactly superposed, only the shapefile on top can be seen. Is there a way to ...
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Show “layer name” as text in arcgis layout view (map)

I am trying to show the layer names of all visible layers in ArcGis 10.1 when creating a map in layout view. First I tried to use "insert legend" and show there only the layername, but I can't ...
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How to create a transparent box in the map layout?

Is there a way to create a transparent box in the ArcGIS layout view similar to the one in the screenshot? I have tried without success adding a transparent box by inserting a neatline, adding a new ...
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How to convert a spatialpolygon to a SaptialPolygonsDataFrame and add a column to the atrribute table

coast<-readShapeSpatial("coastline.shp") landc<-readShapeSpatial("landcover.shp) ro<-readShapeSpatial("roads.shp") bc<-gBuffer(ro,width=100) landc$ratings=1 ...
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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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How to create a US map in R with separation between states and clear labels?

I was trying to figure out how to create a map like down below in R on the Stack Exchange but maybe that's the wrong community and the GIS side is a better spot. Currently, I'm able to add the ...
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Concentric Ellipses around polygons as a representation of density

I have someone who has given me a thumbnail of a map with some concentric ellipsoids placed in estimated high density locations for our business. One location has three, and two other location have ...
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Kriging to calculate forest biomass?

I am trying to create biomass map using Kriging from ground sample point. I have about 150 and 53 point plot for dense and sparse strata. The data is not normal so I have transformed it. After ...
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How can I upload more than 10 images in a category map?

I did a category map with 30 different categories. For each, I would like to upload an image but the "wizards" permits me to upload only ten images and then one image for "others". Is it possible to ...
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Fixing mercator coordinates that are outside the world bounding box?

I'm using mercator-projected overlays from a crowdsourced website where volunteers georectify images of maps by hand. Unfortunately, the slippy map that serves as the site's interface wraps and allows ...
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GIS, CAD and MAP in WPF application

I am searching for a gis/map engine SDK for WPF, that supports loading and editing CAD drawings onto a map (edit = switch layers on/off), with an option to use only local/network resources. Our users ...
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Is there a name for 0,0?

Is there a name for the latitude/longitude pair 0,0? On a graph, (0,0) is referred to as the "origin" but I'm not sure if that term also applies to the location 0,0 in cartography.
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How to create 3D globe images highlighting a specific country or 2D country map with capital?

I am building an Anki flashcard set that should contain country flags, names and (ideally) a 3D globe with the country outlined, as can be seen on Wikipedia. I've already completed the part that ...
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Improving species richness map?

I asked for help in Creating species distribution map? about creating a species richness map out of X/Y coordinates and an information how many species there are in each coordinate. I finally got it ...
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force QGIS-labels behind polygon areas

Is it possible to force labels behind a polygon dataset. In my case I want to put 50% transparent polygons onto areas, which are shown "inactive" on maps. Unfortunately, some feature labels are shown ...
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Thin black line get grey when using composite pattern

I have noticed a couple times that if I set pen width of line smaller than 0.20 the line is no longer black. It is clear that the line does not just look gray because it is thin, the line is changing ...
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ArcPy gives error Object: CreateObject cannot open map document?

This should be a really simple process but I am having issues. I want to search a workspace for all files with a certain string and then add them to the current workspace with a selected symbology. ...
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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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Using the phase 1 habitat styles?

I am utilising the phase 1 habitat styles and wanted to show 'mixed scattered trees' which is essentially a layer with two different types of green dot. I cannot figure out how to do this and also ...
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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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Using Torque to visualize rainfall data

For a little background: I have rainfall data for multiple weather stations by year, I have tried messing around with CartoDB and Torque for animation of the rainfall. my point data has each station ...
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Archaeological spatiotemporal map

So I have been trying to use Time Manager to make a spatiotemporal map of artefacts found on a archaeological site. My goal is to show if there is areas on the site wich concentrates artefacts having ...
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Zooming on a WMS Layer after click on GWT OpenLayers

I'm trying to create a map with GWT open Layers and im trying to zoom to the selected WMS feature How can I select and zoom to the selected feature? public void initMapWidget() { MapOptions ...
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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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World map different projection

I want to display something on a world map. I have these shapefiles http://thematicmapping.org/downloads/world_borders.php I want my map to look something like this: or I am using QGis. Is ...
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Appropriate map projection for the Pacific Ocean

I've found this map that shows the Pacific Ocean from http://www.transpacificproject.com: I'd like to produce a similar map, for the same region of the earth and I'd like to use the same projection ...
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Wrong Scale Bar in Map Composer

I am attempting to add a scale bar into QGIS Map Composer for a single layer showing a map of Jervis Bay, NSW Australia. I have changed both the project and layer CRS to 'MGA56 (EPSG:28356)' and have ...