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Where can I find historic maps of city size?

I'm interested in examining basic dimensions of city size, primarily area (though population would also be of interest) from the earliest possible records. It does not matter where the city is in the ...
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Downloading SRTM data

Is there an easy way to mass download SRTM data? The data is published for download here, but it's sliced into thousands of small files, and I don't see an FTP option for more efficient ...
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convert GPCC precipitation data

maybe someone has already worked with the GPCC precipitation data from this site: ftp://ftp-anon.dwd.de/pub/data/gpcc/html/fulldata_download.html and knows how i can convert this strange format to a ...
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Available US State or National business (or employer) database lists?

This question dovetails with this post on geomarketing applications. I am familiar with some of larger, paid-for business registry's like InfoUSA and Dunn & Bradstreet. While the detailed ...
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What is the wire format for Google's new vector map tiles?

Google recently released new vector cartography for their mobile maps. I'm curious if anyone here has any insight into the wire format they use for transmission? I've experimented with a few formats ...
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Is there a projection issue with the NRC Canada Atlas hydrology data?

I have been using the Natural Resources Canada (NRC) data for various generalized maps but it is not until now when i overlaid higher resolution features obtained from the provincial government ...
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How to handle TIME in GIS?

Is there any way or any idea on how to handle Time attribute in GIS? For example, which are the ways to specify that an object is at a place at a given time interval and them it is in another place ...
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update one shapefile attribute table with values from another dbf table

I try to explain here what I am trying to do: I have one shapefile and one independent dbf table with the same fields. In the dbf table all the fields are populated but in the shapefile attribute ...
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Where can I find free building height dataset for major cities around the world?

I am searching for building/property data which include building height, building area, lot size, and building type classifications(preferably as complete as possible). I am working on an Earthquake ...
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Data organization strategies for .csv and .shp

I'm organizing a large amount of data for a project and the data is stored in .csv format, with a code to relate each row to a polygon in a .shp. I was planning on converting the .csv data into .dbf ...
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Using a web map to identify and access data

I am trying to making a webpage where the user pans and zooms on a map, and based on the location and zoom level, some data is displayed on the webpage (drawn from another source). The data that will ...
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Are the Canadian National Topographic System (NTS) maps available freely online?

I'd really like a seamless service of the Canadian topo maps, similar to ArcGIS Online USA Topographic Maps, http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=4ee3622f0bfd41eea55ffa83aaf31a9f If there is no ...
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How to specify which component of a file is imported when using a PluginDataSource?

In my application a plug-in datasource has been implemented to read specifically formatted files containing a mix of data types, including geometry in the form of polygons, lines, and points. Using ...
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Configuring WMS from a MSSQL data source with MapGuide Open Source

I've having trouble configuring WMS out of MapGuide Open Source. Here's what I've done so far: Installed MapGuide Downloaded MapGuide Maestro Created a "feature" in Maestro that connects to ...
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Where can I find China data?

I'm looking for good free online sources of vector data on China (shapefiles of cities, provinces, terrain etc). Would anyone be able to suggest where to look? Are there any open repositories of this ...
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Where I can find real world data for triangulation?

I want points for practicing triangulation algorithms. Just points with coordinates [X,Y] and elevation [Z] of real world terrain. I can use Google Maps Elevation API, but there is no method how to ...
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Converting WKB to WKT

how can i convert wkb to wkt form ... i stored coordinates in wkb but now can it will display to use in wkt form
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What is a good taxonomy or naming convention for files and folders containing GIS data?

My company has collected about 30 TBs of GIS data over the past 8 years, and I always find myself asking the following questions: What type of data do we have for a given geographic area? What are ...
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GIS Layer of USA State Court Jurisdiction Boundaries

Does anyone know of a national layer? Edit: Sorry for the delay in clarifying. I am looking for all courts (district, circuit, municipal, Superior, etc.) depending on the terminology used for the ...
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Are there any sources of UK building footprint data available?

I noticed that there's another question related to this topic, but the question was related to US data. I'm looking at the possibility of producing an interactive map for a UK based city, which ...
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Data Source: Address ranges for every block in NYC

I'm looking for data that defines the address ranges used on NYC blocks. On this screenshoot you can see google has noted the first addresses on each block of West End Avenue and 92nd/93rd/94th st. ...
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Best way to delete selected mass amounts of old data from a polygon shapefile attribute table?

Dumb problem that for some reason is giving me trouble. I have a polygon shapefile that is loaded with old demographic data in its attribute file, I just received the new data today in xls format. ...
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Most timely source of California Fire Map data?

Fire season always has me scouring the web for satellite fire map information. Unfortunately many of the locations I find are outdated or not maintained well. What would be the best site to go to for ...
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Map source for iLife '11?

The new iLife has map functionality, what's the source of the map data used? Further pictures on engadget, which show a city-level view.
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Most Up-To-Date Source for US Zip Code Boundaries

I was just wondering what the most up-to-date source for US Zip Code boundaries would be. My first thought was TIGER, whenever that comes out, but then I thought that the Postal Service might be a ...
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How to process topographic survey data in ArcGIS?

I am interested to find out how others process topographic survey data in ArcGIS. Often I am only given a text file or an Excel spreadsheet containing XYZ points and simple attribute information ...
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Where can I find GIS data to test GIS coordinate operations?

I am trying to find some data that can be used to test GIS coordinate operations from one CRS to another CRS. So far all I have found is the Gold Data set and also various example points in the EPSG ...
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Does a national(USA) interstate rest stop/rest area dataset exist?

And I don't care about format--worry about that later! I found some maps in Google maps, usually per state. I also have one map made my someone else, that no longer appears in the Google Maps search ...
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Where can I find building footprint data?

Are there any sources for free and distributable building footprint datasets for major cities around the United States? Ideally, the data would also have the number of stories of each building; is ...
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Downloading 1 arc-second elevation data for Canada other than Geobase?

Can someone suggest a source for Canadian elevation data better or equivalent to 1 arc-second? I have a good data source for Ontario but for other provinces folks often recommend Geobase which claims ...
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Where to download free elevation data for Europe?

Where can I find free elevation data for Europe? Please mention the available resolutions and terms of use when posting a source.
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Where can I get UnitedStates.gdb file

I am doing this tutorial http://help.arcgis.com/en/sdk/10.0/arcobjects_net/conceptualhelp/index.html#/How_to_geocode_a_single_address/00010000038r000000/ but it requires the following file: ...
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What is the best way to visualize multiple large LIDAR tiles?

I want to load approximately 10 large LIDAR tiles for analysis. I have tried using ArcScene but it appears there is a limit on how much data ArcScene can handle at one time. Each tile is 65-90MB in ...
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What kind of datasets are necessary for geomarketing applications?

If you would have to create a data base for geomarketing applications yourself, what kind of datasets would you purchase/collect? The first goal would be to find new store locations. Another would be ...
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How can I retrieve an attribute's domain using ArcIMS ActiveX Connector?

I have an ArcIMS Image Service that's consuming data stored in an ArcSDE database (both v9.3.1). Many of the layers have attribute columns that use coded value domains defined in the SDE database, ...
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What are the concerns with using Creative Commons licenses for spatial data?

As more people and organizations are realizing the importance and benefits of publishing their data under an 'open' license, people are looking for the best license to apply. Creative Commons CC ...
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Ways to load OS VectorMap data

Us lucky fellows in the UK have been able to access public geodata from Ordance Survey under an open licence since April this year. Some of the datasets, including VectorMap, are broken into 100 ...
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Define “geospatial data” for a non-GIS professional

I realize this is a sort of a subjective question, but I've seen other subjective questions on the site, so I thought it I'd put it out there. A colleague recently had a request for "geospatial data" ...
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Where to license non-automotive POIs for France, Spain and Portugal?

qualified POIs are needed for a commercial project - should cover broad out-of-car usecases (not needed: parking, gas stations). Could be commercially licensable data or derived from national geodata ...
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Are there any free administrative boundaries available as shapefiles?

After learning about the US Census's TIGERLines datasets I'm addicted to GIS :) I've working with the following layers, from the USA data Country boundaries State boundaries County boundaries City ...
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canvec: why so quiet? where are all the users?

It has now been a little over 3 years since Natural Resources Canada released CanVec, a national coast to coast to coast spatial dataset at 1:50,000 or better nominal scale. In the interverning time ...
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What is the best way to store Flickr's Shapefiles Public Dataset in SQL Server 2008?

I'm wanting to import specific locations from the Flickr Shapefile Dataset into SQL Server would like to know what is the best way to store the data in SQL Server 2008? Link the the 1.0 Dataset: ...
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Simplifying adjacent polygons

I encountered a problem simplifying set of polygons that are adjacent. If I simplify each polygon separately with the Douglas–Peucker algorithm (which is used by many open source tools), the resulting ...
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Can someone explain in simple terms the licence on Google “satellite” images?

What can I and can I not do with the Google satellite images?
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What are the licence limitations on the free Ordnance Survey (OS) data sets?

The OS has some “free” map data, but what am I allowed to use it for?
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Are there any other providers of map data in the UK apart from the Ordnance Survey?

The Ordnance Survey charges a lot for most data, so what are the other options?
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In the UK, how do I convert from an address to a lat/long?

Please include where I can buy the dataset and how much it costs?
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What is the best way to protect data online?

What techniques do people use when protecting data (e.g., preventing a user downloading the whole dataset) they are overlaying on top of Google/Yahoo/Bing etc.?
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Are there sources for more esoteric data than streets worldwide?

Related to this question. For example, things like: political world map (as polygons) cities of the world geolocated climate data (avg temp, humidity, rain, as polygons), earthquakes, hurricanes ...
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Where can I find Canadian postal code geometries?

Where can I find the shapefiles for Canadian postal codes?