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Where can I find a shapefile for the coastline of North America?

I am looking for a shapefile representing the coastlines of North America, such as something like this: http://www.diva-gis.org/gdata Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Is there a DTM available for free somewhere?

To go a little bit further than the semantic question regarding DEM/DTM/DSM, I'd like to know if there is a free (of charges and use) DTM datasets? And what about resolution? As far as I know,only ...
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Source for US parcel boundary data?

Where can I find shapefile (or other vector) data for US private parcel boundaries (such as for a plat map)?
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How can I load .adf files to Quantum GIS?

Is there a possibility to load .adf files to Quantum GIS?
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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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Is there hydrologically correct water-course data for Africa

I was wondering if there are any hydrologically correct river-channel data available for download for Africa? By hydrologically correct, I mean the topology should be correct. Connected river ...
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Is there a free dataset of historical geocoordinates of ancient cities and places?

Is there a freely available dataset (csv, geojson, topojson, etc.) with geocoordinates of ancient cities, for example of the Roman Empire? Ideally with additional information like population size? ...
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How to deal with multitype data sources in QGIS?

Today I was trying to import a DXF to Qgis, the result is that qgis displays everything LINES and POINTS but it only displays options for the POINT objects. When I try to export to a shapefile, it ...
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How to get geographic information for American and world parks and cities?

I am working on building out park data for my web site. My site is about hiking, so I want to get a list of parks and cities in the world. Is that possible? Where can I get/download/see such ...
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OpenStreetMap Neighborhood Boundaries

Is it possible to download neighborhood boundaries from OpenStreetMap? I see on maps that they often indicate neighborhood names; is there a way to retrieve their coordinates and boundary polygon ...
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Does the USDA SSURGO database have a web-based API that I can query?

Based on a previous question, Can I download the entire NRCS SSURGO database?, it appears that it is difficult to import the entire USDA SSURGO database. The Web Soil Survey provides the ability to ...
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In what data format should I export a (lat,long,alt) or (x,y,z) grid to be compatible with the largest number of GIS software?

I am new to GIS and developing an application that generates a 3D grid with (latitude, longitude, elevation) or (x, y, z) metric triplets, and I would like to add an exporting feature that ensures ...
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Shapefiles for U.S. Area Codes (NANP)

I have a bunch of telephone numbers (just the area codes), and I'd like to geolocate them and make a map, but I haven't had too much luck googling for shapefiles for Area Codes. Surely these are in ...
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Data ETL workflow optimization

I have a legacy workflow that I would like to optimize and automate (at least partially). The current workflow goes like this. I receive a MS Access .mdb file containing a single table. This table ...
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Locating shapefile of European railways for goods transportion?

We are trying to make a project about European goods trade so we need railway data in shapefile format. More specifically, we are trying to find the potential of mine products being exported from ...
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Location data for Nuclear Power stations in France

As it says on the title, does anyone know a place I can look at and/or download location data for Nuclear power installations in France? I believe it is well known data, but I cannot find it ...
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Visualizing and organizing traffic flow data for an intersection

I'm looking for advice on how to organize data that describes traffic flows through several unconnected intersections over several years. I'd like to learn about the most basic representation of this ...
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Is there a source for historical shapefiles of Europe in the modern era?

Is there a source for historical shapefiles of Europe in the modern era, i.e. starting ca. 1400? I know that "where can I find historic border data" questions were asked multiple times but I couldn't ...
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How to convert a column of numeric IDs to letters?

I'm working with qgis 1.8.0. I divided a map into 500 features (small rectangles), and now I have the doubt if there is any way to change the ID of the attributes from numbers to letters? When I did ...
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Any Piri Reis shapefiles?

Incredible claims have been made about a map named after its creator (Piri Reis). I was looking into digitizing the map and overlaying it with a modern map of the world, specifically the east coast ...
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Vehicle travel data for the USA

I'm looking for vehicle travel data in the USA - at any spatial resolution smaller than the unit of a state, and ideally at a city level. I'm interested in daily, or weekly data and also any ...
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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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Where can I get data for traffic signals, stop signs, and other sign assets/inventory?

I'm working on a project involving roads. The quality of the service would benefit from knowing if a given road is continuous or if it's broken up by stop signs, traffic signals, and other things ...
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What kind of high level semantic free GIS layers out there?

I'm looking for free GIS data that contains some high level information such as type of vegetation or type of soil or some other visual characteristics of the neighborhoods. I need more information ...
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How do I render data quicker in Arcmap?

Is there a way around to speed up the data into ArcMap ? When I converted the raster to polygon and some data would load up quicker and some other load slow. I am wondering if I could add the spatial ...
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Russian GIS Data

Which companies are the best suppliers of vector, geocoding, imagery, and POI data in Russia? Which companies provide a complete service (which includes the above data types and also routing, ...
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How to find library or other business POIs?

I am just starting an Intro GIS course, so I really have no idea what the best place is to find downloadable GIS data. I was really hoping to do my semester project on library or bookstore locations ...
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postprocessing GPS coordinates with RINEX data to improve precision?

Im doing some mapping for OSM in my region and I am curious if the precision of tracks from a GPS Receiver can be improved if they are post processed with RINEX data. The tracking is done with a ...
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Geocaching - XY coordinates

I was wondering what is the easiest way to get XY geocaching coordinates (by a particular Area of Interest (AOI)) data in a spread sheet format that I could covert to a GIS layer? On the ...
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Where can I get land-use data for Nigeria?

Anybody knows websites of land use for the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Free or paid. I am looking for the states of Kogi and Anambra.
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Now that NationalAtlas.Gov is retired/removed, where is the largest source of public shapefiles for the USA?

I used nationalatlas.gov for many years, downloading various shapefiles regarding water, roads, boundaries, environmental factors, and more. NationalAtlas.gov was a central public site that many GIS ...
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Free radar (SAR) satellite data

I'm looking for free (non-commercial use) sources of radar (SAR) satellite imagery. Does anyone know of sources?
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How to test whether two countries are adjacent?

I have an interesting question: Is there a dataset by which I can use to test whether two countries are adjacent? For example, if inputs are Mexico and U.S., they are adjacent; if inputs are England ...
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Using CityGML data with ArcGIS Desktop or QGIS?

I'm looking for advice on how best to use the CityGML data-structure and GIS (preferably ArcGIS/QGIS). I've read through their website and wiki and saw a list of software here that can be used to view ...
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Is there a simple interface from which I can extract average summer temperature and humidity for a list of latitude and longitudes?

I am interested in finding the summer average (either climatalogical mean or for a specific year) relative humidity and temperature for a set of globally distributed latitude and longitude ...
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Is city-supplied GIS data sufficient for transit operators or do they need their own set of GIS data?

City GIS data is usually built in a format where streets/avenues/boulevards/etc are modeled as lines that are geographically located in the middle of the streets/avenues/boulevards/etc. Is that ...
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Indian Latitude Longitude values

I am in need of around 10000 and odd Indian latitude and longitude values for my openlayers project. I have to load them in a postgis db. so a sql file or atleast text file would be better than a ...
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Where can i find Latitude & Longitude data for the coastlines of the world?

Im developing an application to print flight paths on a world map. To do this i need a dataset to describe the latitude and longitude of various coastlines (and country borders if possible) of the ...
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SQL Server data modelling + spatial data = what book?

What recommended book can you provide about data modelling for geographical spatial data (geometry) in SQL server?
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Historical Hurricane Tracks

I have found a great source for historical hurricane data, but I can't seem to find a way to download the track information. It appears that you can only view the data on the website. I was ...
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Can I download the entire NRCS SSURGO database?

I am interested in downloading and using the entire USGS SSURGO database. The California Soil Resource Lab provides instructions on working with these data in R, but it starts with the assumption ...
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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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How GIS and SDI (spatial data infrastructure) are related?

I read the definitions of both on wikipedia but they didn't mention any relationship between the two terms although there must be one because they are dealing with the same thing: spatial data. Can ...
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Looking for an annotated vectorial map of the world

I'm looking for an annotated vectorial (PS/SVG/...) map of the world (+countries). Wikipedia contains many vectorial maps (e.g: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Blank_SVG_maps_of_the_world ...
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usa electric transmission powerlines shape files sources

Does anyone have a good source for these? I have some old (1993) data from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Cubewerx' WMS (Cubewerx are a spatial data provider); neither of which ...
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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 is the best way to change a data type in the ArcGIS attribute table?

What is the easiest way to change the data type in an attribute table in ArcGIS for multiple fields? Say if the fields have been exported as a string from Excel and I would like to use them as ...
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Canadian province boundaries in latitude and longitude

Are there any datasets available that give a list of latitude and longitude points for Canadian province boundaries? I don't need anything too detailed as I'm displaying collated data in smallish ...
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Where can I find GeoJSON resources files?

I'm looking for demographic information and various things, and most of the time data are available as CSV (my application use geoJSON format). Shall I encode the CSV to geoJSON or is there a ...
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Where can I find information concerning rivers?

I'm looking for information I can visualize in Google Earth concerning rivers, such as rapids, put-in points, take-out points, campsites, etc. Any idea how I can look for this kind of information?