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How does GeoServer render a Super or MegaTile

I'm working on chopping up a big mega map tile into smaller tiles at various zoom level. I'm surrounded with a problem first up in terms of how to get my big mega map tile with all the legends (with ...
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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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Preferred term for map extent box

If a (printed) map is created with an small map in the corner showing the extent of the main map frame in relation to the state/province etc. with a box. What is the proper cartographic term to label ...
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How to link a text to a map

I would like to know if it is possible to link a text to a leaflet map. I would like to highlight a country in my map when the mouse is hover a word in my text. My map is created with leaflet library. ...
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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 update GeoWebCache as part of GeoServer for maptiles

I read the documentation for GeoServer but I can't seem to find a way by means of which one can update GeoWebCache dynamically by removing/deleting old (dirty map tiles) and then replace those dirty ...
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How to update MapCache with new maptiles

I have gone through the entire documentation for MapServer but I can't seem to find a way by means of which one can update MApCache dynamically by removing/deleting old (dirty map tiles) and then ...
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Most cost effective solution for creating, dynamically updating and serving map tiles [on hold]

I'm wondering, what is the most cost effective way of generating MapTiles, updating them dynamically and serving them on to various clients? I have looked into: MapTiler- Can do a static generation ...
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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 a name for deformation-based maps?

I have already seen maps using deformation to visualize information. For example, this map shows temporal distance between some French cities when traveling by train: Is there a name for this kind ...
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Discontinuous or Interrupted map projections?

Do any of the current open source GIS softwares support discontinous projection systems? E.g. sinusoidal, dymaxion, butterfly, etc? If not, are there any affordable commercial ones that do (affordable ...
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CartoDB: cluster circles aren't proportional

I'm trying to visualize thousands of records on a map on CartoDB using the cluster feature but circles with 100 or 1000+ records have the same dimensions. I'd like to have more discrimination in ...
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Manually classifying graduated data outside of range in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have two shapefiles representing grids with values that are symbolized with graduated colors, shown below: You can see that the two shapefiles encompass similar ranges of data, but assign ...
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Calculate Color of Object So No Adjacent Objects Repeat

I am attempting to assign one of 16 colors to map objects (e.g. counties, states, ZIP Codes, etc.) so that no two adjacent objects share the same color. I'm seeing tons of articles online about ...
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Is there cartographic convention for displaying text label of highest and lowest values in legend?

The first I have found is to have the lowest value and highest value be displayed like the legend shown below (image source) The second is to have relative numbers at the top and bottom (image ...
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Is there cartographic convention to ordering legend items (high-low or low-high)?

When you symbolise a layer in ArcMap, the symbols are ordered from low value to high value by default. Is that necessarily "correct"? I've never officially studied cartography - is there a convention ...
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Data Driven Pages and exporting PDF using Python [closed]

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 generate maps like some at Wikipedia?

I've absolutely no idea if this is a proper forum to ask this or not. But I know that I can at least get some information here. I was reading few wiki articles on Indian rivers and I'm very much ...
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Legend and coloring of markers with plotGoogleMaps in R

I have a data frame (X) that looks like this: code cluster name longt latit 101 1 A -89.6171 35.24992 105 1 B -90.0154 35.10510 106 2 C ...
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Disconnected Satellite map tiles usable with OpenLayers or other javascript api

I'm looking for satellite map, usable with OpenLayer (or with an other js api), with a good scale (at least 100m, MapQuest stops at 1000m) and avaible for a disconnected mode (avaible for download). ...
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Fading or Removing Boundaries in ArcMap?

I have a dot density map of a county. I need to either fade or remove the tract lines. I can adjust the frame transparency but that's not what I'm after. I'm using ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop.
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How to implement value-by-alpha map in GIS?

I've been doing some background reading about cartograms recently and stumbled upon interesting alternative - value-by-alpha maps. Concept is described in more details here and full paper is ...
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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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Hover effects using CartoCSS: Is this possible?

I'm trying to make a simple map of parcels in TileMill. Right now when I hover over a parcel, the information for that parcel appears in a teaser. That's simple enough. However, when working with ...
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ArcGIS Line Fades, Possible?

Is it possible to fade the ends of a line? I have a map the shows the city of limits and because of its shape, there are some areas outside of the city limits where we don't have major road data in ...
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Create map(s) to help determine site selection

I have the task of creating a map in which the objective would be to help determine a site for a conference. I have the following data: Addresses of possible conference attendees (I have already ...
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Align Symbol to Line

I'm using ArcGIS 10.0 - ArcInfo license. I'm a fairly new user. I'd like to align rectangular symbols perpendicular to to the lines that reside nearby. I have two layers. A layer containing lines ...
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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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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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Placing all labels in ArcMap non-overlapped by extending arrow/line from label to point? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is a way to place all labels on a map non overlapping, but by extending an arrow/line from the label to the point. I've tried the call out box, but I couldn't find a way to ...
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How to make a contour map from a list of points and values? [duplicate]

I need to create a nice map with contours that represent various thematic data on a scale of a country, for instance, average temperatures in Germany. I have a list of coordinates with the values, ...
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Making flood map greyscale in ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have produced an article for publication and I have just been informed that I must produce all maps in colour and greyscale as the printed journal is only published in greyscale but the article will ...
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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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Using multiple map layers with different extents. Any suggestions.

I have three layers I need to try match up at the borders. This is not a projection problem, all layers are projected to Albers NAD83. The base layer (Green) is 30m DEM, with a US boundaries layer on ...
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How to map data from USGS NAS database, using HUC?

I am querying the USGS NAS (Nonindigenous Aquatic Species) database. The collection data for the results that are returned don't include lat/long points, but have an HUC (Hydrologic Unit Code). I have ...
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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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how to extract country border from openstreetmap

I'm trying to extract the Jordanian country border from an openstreetmap. When I click the download link for the file, the following page opens: My question is: How do I save these XML tags as an ...
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Alternative cartographic software programs?

I am looking for an alternative software product for cartography other than ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. The graphic quality in ArcGIS outputs is substantially poor when compared to outputs in ...
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Change countries boundaries color in a shapefile with R

I am working with R to create a map with a shapefile. I would like to change the color of the countries boundaries but I don't know how to do that. Is it possible to change the color? Here is my ...
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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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What Type of map is this?

Looking to find the exact type of map that the following is : It looks like a hill-shaded topographic map, most likely DEM, but I'm not sure. I need to know for certain so i can contact the map ...
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How to create grid to divide large map into smaller sections using ArcGIS for Desktop?

This seems like it should be easy but I just can't find anything online that tells me how to do it. I have a map of small remnants of forest along creeks for an entire county in California. I need ...
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Forcing long layer names to multiple lines based on specified legend width in ArcGIS Desktop?

Do to various limitations I almost always create static (graphic) legends but I do have the occasional map where impeccable cartography is secondary to functionality hence a dynamic legend is ...
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How to display two line traffic road map cartographically?

I have two line traffic map. I want to display this maps roads as image below. This images show that when I zoom out from map, roads are showing properly.. And two line road never disappear from map. ...
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Qgis Text/Annotation as layer

Is there a way to add text/annotation to my map in QGIS as a layer? I have a map of vegetation types an point data the text (field names/flurnamne) should be between these two layers. It there must ...
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How to select a line from a osm shape by osm_id

I'm using TileMill to make a map, but I can't seem to be able to format a specific item with a specific osm_id via mss. I have a shape file added as a layer #line: Then, in the features list of ...
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How to add vector KML data in an excel table

How do I take a KML (or XML) vector map saved on my desktop showing for example a election ward and then import it into excel as a data input in a field of data. I have information in excel for ...
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GRID in MapInfo

I just want to ask for assistance how to create Grid thematic map in map info. I have 5 different points.with different color code. kindly please give the step by step. and im using Map Info.12. ...
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ArcGIS Server Map Service - Best Way To Visualize Coincident (Identical) Point Features

I have an ESRI Map Service serving out several point layers with 10k+ point features. Because of these high feature counts, I use a dynamic map service where a symbolized image is generated on the ...
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Using GIS tools for non-geographical problems

Many other fields have visual/"spatial" problems that can potentially be solved with GIS tools. I know I've used GIS tools for the odd non-geographical task and was wondering how much this happens and ...