The information connecting numerical coordinates to actual locations on the earth.

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How accurate is approximating the Earth as a sphere?

What level of error do I encounter when approximating the earth as a sphere? Specifically, when dealing with the location of points and, for example, the great circle distances between them. Are ...
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What strategies, criteria, or rules to use for selecting coordinate systems?

What strategies, criteria, or rules do you use for selecting coordinate systems for (a) storing, (b) analyzing, and (c) displaying GIS data? (I humbly offer my reply to a related question ...
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Is WGS84 itself a Coordinate Reference System?

I was wondering the difference between WGS84 and EPSG:4326 (see this). Can then WGS84 on its own be defined as a Coordinate Reference System? Or is it just a datum so that a Coordinate System must ...
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How to reproject a raster file in QGIS with datum transformation?

I want to reproject a tiff raster file from projection A (ETRS89/UTM Zone 32) to projection B (DHDN/Gauss-Kruger zone 2). The two projections have a different datum so I have to use a datum ...
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Vertical Datum Conversion Utilities

I have some data (points and rasters) that I would like to be able to convert to and from several vertical datums, including MLLW in coastal Florida. I would appreciate it if people could provide some ...
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How to adjust online basemap to Arcmap

How can I adjust the online basemap imagery file to our existing ArcMap data. Below are steps I perform to add the basemap data. I Added basemap from "Add Data From GIS Online" in the file menu and ...
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Characteristics of different methods to convert ECEF to LLA

I'm trying to convert ECEF (Earth Centered, Earth Fixed) coordinates, which are defined in X,Y,Z, centered at (0,0,0) to LLA (Latitude, Longitude, Altitude). There are a couple of methods I found on ...
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Why not measure elevation from the center of the earth?

In trying to understand Geoid vs Ellipsoid height, I ran across this page. One of the claims is: Zero elevation as defined by Spain is not the same zero elevation defined by Canada ...
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Basic proj4 conversion UTM grid -> longlat and back

I'm a GIS novice, and am struggling to understand how to drive proj4 to accomplish what seems like a simple thing. I've googled for a couple of days, but everything I find seems to presuppose quite ...
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Determine the UTM zone/hemisphere in a particular datum

I'm using GDAL to convert coordinates from one system (geographic or projected) to another. Assume I want to convert geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) in the WGS84 datum, to UTM ...
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“Horizontal” and vertical datums terminology

I have heard people referring to as a horizontal datum to models such as WGS84 and as a vertical datum to geoids. The former is primarily used for determining latitude and longitude but also the ...
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Geographic Transformations in Alaska Between NAD83 and WGS84

I have done a ton of research on the most accurate transformation to use in mainland Alaska to convert between the NAD83 and WGS84 datums, but I just can't seem to find a definitive answer. ArcMap ...
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How to set GDAL/cs2cs/proj to use NTv2 grid shift file when using EPSG codes?

I am using the GDAL API for Python for a script that takes only EPSG codes for inputs to specify source and target coordinate systems. While the cs2cs command seems to handle quite well ...
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Where is list of Geographic Transformations in ArcGIS, and their areas of applicability?

I have some data in Provisional South American Datum 1956, and I need to project it to Web Mercator with WGS84 as the datum. When I use the project tool in ArcGIS desktop, it requires a Geographic ...
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ArcGIS 10.0/10.1 - arcpy - automate projection tool with different datum or projection

I am getting stuck with a task that is slightly different from the posts I found so far on this same website. Assumption: all layers have a defined coordinate system Problem: I would like to ...
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What do I need to change to get scale bar units other than degrees?

Measurements done in QGIS on my project are done properly using whatever unit is set in: Settings > Options > Map Tools > Preferred measurements units but the scale bar decoration and scale bar in ...
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Converting from British National Grid (27700) to WGS84 (4326) to Web Mercator (102100)

I'm developing a web application that uses ESRI ArcGIS to display a map using JavaScript. We are holding all our data in MS SQL Server 2008 as Easting/Northing against the British National Grid. ...