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What User Testing techniques do you use?

In producing dynamic maps for students/users I have found the time invested in user testing well worth it. I use a varient of think aloud protocol called hallway testing. I grab any 2 or 3 likely ...
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How to produce a better inset map?

Attached is an example of a generic inset map designed in ArcMap 10. For all the wonderful things that this software can accomplish, there has to be a more sophisticated way to produce better looking ...
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How do I make a map where overlapping symbols increase Opacity?

I was looking at some maps like: Map from Ship Logs or the Facebook worldwide friendships Mapped (via the Flowing Data blog) These Maps look good because single lines are almost transparent, and ...
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How is GIS used in landscape architecture?

I was wandering, if out there somewhere are people that use GIS extensively in the field of landscape architecture (or closely related) and how do they use it? May be some examples of work, maps, ...
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What would be a good symbol for the map legend itself?

I am reformatting a mobile web map. Many of our users are equipped with mobile phones rather than large tablets, so screen real estate is at a premium. I've decided to remove the legend from default ...
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What are the essential elements of a cartouche, if any…?

I'm trying to design artistic cartouches for some maps that show traditional knowledge locations from specific First Nations in Canada so the cartouche's will reflect their Nation's identity, culture, ...
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Best design for Open Source Python / PostGIS prototype

I am writing a data intensive web application that is delivered through apache. My question is about how to best arrange processing given that there are multiple options. I have at my disposal ...
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Roadmap to creating a GIS?

Got asked that today in a job interview, I replied with the usual : Gather Data : what data do we want, do we possess it ? If not how to do we acquire it, etc. Database : after we have successfully ...
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Looking for advice regarding solar potential applications

I have the task of looking into whether it is possible to build a solar potential application which would inform the user whether a roof is suitable for solar panels and a brief report about the ...
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High quality public transport trip planner examples? Trip visualization examples?

Do you know high-quality online public transport route/trip planners? I'm looking for sites with recognized usability, most carrier-owned planners are bad or very bad from Human-Computer Interaction ...
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Designing Better Maps

Using this chart, enhanced my presentations and presentation skills: found on Extreme Presentation Method. How would you modify this chart to be directly related to map design?
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Maps API that look “fancy”

We have been using Google Maps V3 during the development of a web service. We've been struggling with getting the maps integrate good with the design, since the maps look kind of grey. Now when i look ...
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Auto-calculate field (area or formula)

I'm wondering if anyone has any insight into the potential to auto-calculate the value of a field, either area or distance (ideally) or a formula (based on the values of say 2 other fields, or an ...
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Should Identify Tool be used in a Web application?

I was told having a Identify Tool is a bad practice in most web applications. Can anyone explain why or point me to a resource that explains why having a Identify Tool is considered bad design in a ...
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District heating expansion design with ArcGIS [closed]

I am quite new at GIS but I have some experience of the basic concepts involved in a workflow of them. What I currently want to do is to calculate the cost of expanding an existing district heating ...
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Which software to use for designing city plans?

Which software would you suggest I use for designing city plans? The result needs to be an image (jpeg) so georeferencing is not necessary. I have options like ArcGIS, AdobeInDesign, Adobe ...
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What does 8GK100K mean?

I have a lot of mosaic datasets: Zone8GK100k, Zone9GK100k, ... , Zone7GK25k, ... , Zone7Gk50K, ... , Zone7GK200K. As I know, 7GK, 8GK... are utm zone numbers. 1) What does 25K, 50k, 100k, 200k ...
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Hiding Map Elements Outside of Neatline in ArcMap

I have a map layout in ArcMap 10.1 that incorporates a neatline that is offset from the edges of the layout by about an inch on the inside. Certain elements of my map extend beyond the neatline and ...
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List of Offensive Symbols/ Colours for Cartography

I was at a data visualization workshop a few days ago and someone there asked if there are any symbols/colours that might offend people when making charts, the presenter didn't really understand the ...
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User experience and design pattern resources for web mapping interfaces [closed]

What are your personal best practices with designing web mapping interfaces for laypeople? Do you have any resources or libraries for good web mapping design patterns and user experience practices? ...
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How do i create a flow line map for my data?

I am trying to illustrate a passenger travel flow map from a road terminal to several destinations on a road layer. I have QGis and ArcGIS, but I don't know much on how to start the work. I already ...
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QT Designer form - Combobox stores value but doesn't display it

I have a custom form created with QT Designer on which I have several comboboxes among other stuff. All the fields have the correct names corresponding to the database. One of these comboboxes has a ...
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Duplicate values in combobox in QT Designer form

I have a custom form created with QT Designer on which I have several comboboxes among other stuff. All the fields have the correct names corresponding to the database. But something weird and ...
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How to best alter surface from LIDAR for designing low water crossing and its approaches?

I was wondering if you might be willing to help me work out the best way to use LiDAR data for my thesis project. It involves altering the terrain to add low water crossings at various angles and ...