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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 work....
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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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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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Choosing database for storing spatial data?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to create a new 'gis' database in PostGIS?

I'd like to create a new database in PostGIS, so I can load stuff into it while the current database is being used. According to the docs Some packaged distributions of PostGIS (in particular the ...
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QGIS, Postgis: Geometry type does not match column type

I'm trying to import some polygon shapefiles to Postgis in QGIS via SPIT. One of them can't be imported and returns this error: ERROR: Geometry type (Polygon) does not match column type (MultiPolygon)...
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How do you protect your PostGIS credentials when using QGIS 1.7?

I'm fairly certain this should be a community wiki, but I don't know how to make it one. So if an admin sees this please change if appropriate. So.....How do you protect your PostGIS database data ...
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Pulling CSV file directly from website into QGIS?

I want to be able to automatically update my csv files in a QGIS project. My organization has an online database that can easily export csv files. These csv files are constantly updated with new ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to link ArcGIS to MS Access and use that DB?

I have an IT background but I am new to GIS. I recently recieved training using ARCMAP. I have about 5000 farmers that I need to put in a database and access the information using GIS. The vision is ...
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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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is there any direct access to Mapbox data? (similar to CartoDB's sql api)

I've been asked to add a form to a map that will write data in the background (e.g., ajax to a magic file that does datawrites and some emailing, notifications etc) and a new marker will be added to ...
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Reading National Elevation Dataset (ArcGrid/GridFloat/IMG) with python only tools

I've found high precision elevation (1/3 - 1/9 arcsecond resolution) data from the National Elevation Dataset provided by the USGS. It comes int IMG, Arcgrid, and GridFloat formats. I know ArcGrid ...
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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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Establishing a MySQL connection in ArcGIS 10

Is it possible to create a connection to a MySQL database in ArcGIS 10?
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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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Converting Date field to string using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm working with two data sets that require a compound key to join or relate. The two fields are: 'Node_ID' which is a long integer field referring to a particular electrical substation [887932] '...
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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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Installed PostGIS extension not listed for database

I have a PostgreSQL database with the PostGIS extension enabled. I know that this extension is enabled, since I am using PostGIS functions, and I can actually see the PostGIS functions. However, ...
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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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Extracting data from GeoMedia *.mdf database without using GeoMedia?

Is it possible to extract data from Geomedia .mdf without Geomedia? Preferably with use of QGIS or ArcGIS for Desktop?
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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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Using ArcPy to get all database names within server?

I am trying to populate a folder with ArcSDE database connection files for all the databases within a server instance. I need to be able to do this for several of our servers. Although I know within ...
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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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Why is mapserver returning a blank image?

I am trying to load a layer from a postgis database, mapserver does not return anything. I think I have narrowed the problem down to the fact that the sql query mapserver is running is returning ...