One or more structured sets of persistent data, managed and stored as a unit and generally associated with software to update and query the data.

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What are the best databases for storing spatial data? Pros and Cons

A couple of days ago I installed the demo of spatialware 4.9 from MapInfo into my SQL Server 2005 install and loaded all the larger dataset into it. I was quite impressed with the performance vs the ...
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flatten / collapse one-to-many table and keep the 'many' attributes separate

I have a data set that contains intersection data. Each intersection node has up to 6 links which is identified by IN_LINK and OUT_LINK attributes. I want to create a new dataset that includes the ...
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How do I get started with PostGis

I have been reading a lot about it, but I am struggling to find a good beginner's guide. Which tutorials/books do you recommend? My past experience involves python and arcgis. But I have never worked ...
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Where can I obtain an up-to-date list of US ZIP Codes with Latitude and Longitude Geocodes?

NOTE: This began as a question on Stack Overflow, which has subsequently been closed. I also noticed a similar question about Most Up-To-Date Source for US Zip Code Boundaries, but I believe this ...
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Is there any way I can use a Key-Value store for geospatial data?

I have used many relational databases in the past, but I have also read about all NoSQL databases, and the Key-Value stores looks interresting. When I store geometric object I mostly use five indexed ...
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How to import info from mdb file into a project?

I need to import info on a QGIS project. The info are in a MDB file (population, mean age, number of cars and so on: one record per region) that is written to be connected with a region shape from an ...
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Qgis: How to display special characters German “ÄÜÖß” in a Map?

I have a shape file with names for Regions. These don't seem to contain special characters but ugly hyroglyphes. What can I do do display them correctly. If I import the shape as UTF-8 it doesn't ...
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Collapsing the multi-row output of a one-to-many spatial join to single-row (arcmap 10.1)

I'm working with TIGER data, looking at the relationships among incorporated places and counties. Not all places are completely contained by counties; some do span multiple counties. In the final ...
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Adding information from excel into ArcGIS [closed]

I am working in ArcGIS and have a excel sheet with data pertaining to properties. I want to add this data to a map in ArcGIS of which i have property boundaries as a shapefile? I have a common folio ...
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Are there newer routing algorithms (than Dijkstra, A*) in GIS databases?

There are works like Reach for A* from Microsoft researchers and Highway Hierarchies by Sanders and Schtolz (if I spell the name correctly) from Karlsruhe Uni. Both of them reduce the calculations ...
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Spatial databases learning resources for newbies

Would be taking up a course on spatial databases next semester. Would anybody know a newbie friendly introductory resource? A vendor neutral one would be preferable. Thanks.
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Offline SLIPPY Map (Tiles) Database for Leaflet

How can create an offline cache of a large number of SLIPPY tile (PNG, 256x256) inside a web browser and then display them from that offline cache. For example, can one use HTML5 IndexedDB as an ...
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How to design a Spatial Database for temporal Data?

I am working on a Weather based GIS App. I have the data from several weather stations, and this data will updated daily (by a web service). The obstacles I am facing are: There are currently 40 ...
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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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What is the best hack for importing large datasets into PostGIS?

I have to import large Shapefiles (> 1 million records) into PostGIS, and I have been wondering about the best way to do it. In my question I used the word "hack", instead of tool, on purpose ...
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Database versus Files for Solo Developer

I'm just getting started in GIS and am interested in using it to create maps of mountain biking trails in my area and nearby. I've been learning QGIS and have made enough progress to generate a decent ...
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(When) should I use a GIS-enabled database?

I am a long-time programmer, new to GIS. I am trying to get a feel for the database aspects of GIS and I understand that there are some databases which are specialized for GIS use. Basically I am ...
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ArcGIS fails to import all records from huge CSV file to file geodatabase table despite being within FGDB table size limits

I'm using ArcGIS 10.0 on Windows 7 64-bit with 4GB of RAM. I have some very large tables in CSV format to import to ArcGIS, they all have about 30 fields, upwards of 5 million records per table (a ...
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Data visualization and maintenance tool

Background Looking to leverage an existing GIS system for exploring organizational data. Architecture The following figure represents a high-level overview of the system's desired features: The ...
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Adding a GIS feature to existing database entry with QGIS

I've built a database with postgreSQL with tables, which include geometry columns. When I add some data to my non-geometry columns, I can see them in QGIS when I connect to my database using postgis. ...
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How many kinds of “address” are there? [closed]

I'm defining "address" as "a physical location, usually visibly numbered". Numbered was used in the definition to exclude purely geographical features not usually considered to have or need an ...
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Detecting patterns in vehicle GPS data

I need to analyze data uploaded from vehicle GPS devices to detect travel patterns and then attempt to learn about the normal travel patterns for that vehicle so that predictions can be made about ...
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Python script: Access data from databases [closed]

I need to access data that is inside an oracle database using a python script. Its a Unix server running oracle 10g. I dont have much access to the database server. It works fine on model builder ...
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Suggestion about the database to be used with OpenLayers

Can anyone suggest me which database to be used with OpenLayers? I have to store the values in a DB table and retrieve them (trivial tasks). which is better MySQL or PostGIS? Can anybody give benefits ...
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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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Arcpy Insert Cursor not inserting all rows

Good morning all, I have a script here that takes data from a cross-tabulated non-spatial dataset where monthly values are stored in a single table row for a given year and linearizes those data so ...
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Schema locking logistics on ArcSDE for SQL Server?

I have a set of feature classes that I want to be able to edit schema or what ever I want to do in the heat of the battle and I don't want to be stiffled by schema locks. I have a interpretable ...
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WFS & Feature Access -> Database connection / Database support (ArcGIS 10.2)

Over the last two days I've tried to set up and to use a postgreSQL database to use WFS and Feature Access. I've also started a thread in the esri forums, but I hope that I can reach a wider audience ...
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stratigraphic ranking with field calculator?

I would like to populate a feature class float attribute with a numerical ranking of a text attribute of a geologic map. I have a field named [sheet_unit] with strings such as "H10, Q" and "J10, Pl" ...
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Spatial database data representation vs. spatial programistic libraries representation [closed]

Can anyone tell me what is the difference between spatial database data representation and spatial programistic libraries representation? It is not clear to me. I have tried to google it and I can ...