The process of converting the geographic features on an analog map into digital format using a digitizing tablet, or digitizer, which is connected to a computer.

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The general public and their ability to use GIS applications - do we still need paper maps?

I am endeavouring to convince others in my organisation that GIS tools, in particular digitising tools, CAN be used by the general public and we should promote their use instead of using paper maps. ...
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Is it easy to digitize in ArcGIS using the Wacom tablet?

I do just enough digitizing (and touching up/ drawing when post-processing) to perhaps warrant the purchase of a Wacom tablet. Just wondering how well it plays with ArcGIS. What are your experiences? ...
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How to outsource scanning and georeferencing maps?

We have some historical paper maps and we want to get them scanned and geo-referenced and ultimately make a seamless map for a particular time. What vendors supply this service? (I have found ...
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How can I digitize features on an Y,Z plane in ArcGIS?

How can I geo-reference and digitize features on a Y,Z plane of a vertical cross-section in ArcGIS? The surface coordinate system is NAD 83 UTM 15. This is a simplified version of the question found ...
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How to create polygons with straight lines and right angles in QGIS?

I am running QGIS 1.7.0 on Mac OS X 10.6.8. When creating a polygon, how do I do it so that the lines are straight (90, 0 degrees, etc.) and when I create corners they can be right angles? For ...
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GRASS - Will r.to.vect work on this scanned map?

Total GRASS noob here. I have several very large hand contoured maps to digitize, and this thread intrigues me. In the past I have spent hours upon hours digitizing these maps and revisions in ArcMap. ...
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How to rectify polygon shapes in QGIS?

I have some polygon-shapes in qgis-1.7.0 and want to ensure that every polygon is a rectangle. See image below. Is there any way I can do this in QGIS (or any other f/oss)? Or how can I improve my ...
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How can I digitize a PDF image?

I have an image file in pdf format which includes some drawings (lines, closed areas, and points). I want to digitize it into a shapefile so that I can show it on a Google map. I have a couple of ...
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How to digitize a raster automatically

I have a raster (.sid extension) file. I want to digitize roads automatically in ArcMap, QGIS..etc. Digitizing by hand would be too time consuming. How can i do this ? Thanks
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Is there a way to automatically snap loose points of lines to close by vertices with Quantum GIS?

I have a vector layer of lines that were drawn with the snapping option off. I need to have them snapped but, there are hundreds of lines. Is there any solution to do this automatically or ...
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How to extract road and building features from raster data?

I work with raster data and my task is to digitize a big image. This consumes much time just for digitizing roads and buildings! I'm looking for tools to simplify working on raster data to digitize ...
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Editing with auxiliary features (lines, points etc.) in Arcgis 9.3.1 - How?

In order to digitize exact features in arcgis 9.3.1, our draftsman would like to use auxiliary features (lines and points mostly) that don't have to be saved later on. I told them the easiest way was ...
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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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How to capture a rectangle within the Quantum GIS software?

I want to use "capture polygon" function in QGIS software to draw the indoor office cubical which is a rectangle shape. But the "capture polygon" function is not able to draw a perfect rectangle ...
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snapping polygons and lines

I recently downloaded QGIS on a Mac OSX 10.7.4 (lion) and purchased a master map shape file, of a particular area. I am trying to divide it into polygons following features on the master map vector ...
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How to Digitize Free Satellite Imagery in QGIS - Alignment issues with Openlayers Plugin

I am trying to digitize OpenLayers data (such as Google satellite imagery) with no success. Whenever I try to move or zoom the canvas the vector layer I digitized loses the position relative to the ...
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ArcGIS Heads up digitizing - Rooms and doors

I am digitizing the floorplans of various schools in our county. This is for the Fire Department so they want to be able to see where doors are within the building. The doors do not necessarily have ...
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Does QGIS have these CAD editing functions? [closed]

I tried QGIS for the fist time today and it seems quite capable for the task that I have in mind. However, I really miss some basic editing functionality from another GIS software that I have to use ...
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How to show polyline direction in ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap)?

can someone tell me how I can show the direction of a polyline as it was digitised? I need this to check if my network analysis is obeying one way streets...I know of a tool in Xtools that can do this ...
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How do I draw on a vector map in GRASS?

I have a vector map that has two lines. I want to have the two connected. Is there a way for me to draw a line to connect the two? I am using GRASS gis by the way. The two lines that I want to connect ...
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How to digitize polygons from georeferenced raster file

I used QGIS to georeference a raster file of a custom US map. The map has features which are not strictly defined by state borders. I would like to digitize the map by creating contiguous borders for ...
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Figuring out map scale when you know the spatial resolution of a Satellite Image?

I'm interested in figuring out how map scale and satellite pixel size (spatial resolution) are related. For example the TM or ETM+ has roughly 30m ground resolution, then, what could be the finest ...
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I am unable to draw a shape layer

When I add a new shape layer or want to edit an existing one, nothing is happening. I even don't see the dots where I'm clicking. Maybe the problem is I deleted some layers (by opening the .qgs as a ...
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digitizing (tolerence) error in line data

I have designed a large number of boundaries. For accuracy, I took lines in patches from different data sets and merged them into one. Now I want to turn them into polygons from lines. I every second ...
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How to digitize 90 degree angles? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to create polygons with straight lines and right angles in QGIS? In QGIS 1.8 is there a way to digitize buildings etc. with perfect 90-degree angles, Or, edit a ...
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Looking for an efficient way of digitizing building footprints using orthophotos and ArcGIS 10

In the past I've used PCI Geomatica to do something similar using the softwares classification functionality. Are there some tools/tricks in ArcGIS that will partially automate the process. I remember ...
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“add feature” tool QGIS 2.0 - polygon fill blocks view of what I want to digitize

How can I change the settings on the vector "add feature" tool so the tool fill doesn't block my view of what I want to digitize? This problem popped up after I upgraded to QGIS 2.0 QGIS 2.0 ...
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unable to draw polygon without attribute window popping up?

I'm fairly new to QGIS and an trying to draw a polygon via "Adding Feature". When I make the first left click to start, the attribute window pops up instead of letting me continue on with additional ...
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When I finish drawing a polygon, it disappears again (although appearing in my attribute table)

I'm working with Quantum GIS at this moment. And as the title says, when I finish drawing a polygon, it disappears again. The new object does appear in my attribute table and in the legend/'filling of ...
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Polygons of Land Use Change

I am doing a project where I am digitizing a map of Haiti from the 70s. Through R2V I digitized the lines and then I exported it into ArcGIS 10. I am just interested in the land use change, therefore, ...
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Harvest data from an ArcGIS Server

I would like to include some state agency data in an application I am creating. The agency will not share the data so I have to find another approach. What I am interested in are the points on the ...
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Which value should I assign my digitalized features?

I have a scanned an old document that contains geochemical interpolated values (no way to work with the digital file). This is the original image: And this is the digitalization I made from it: ...
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How to make digitization more detailed afterwards with QGIS?

I digitized already two areas, bordering each other on one side. Than I realized, more detail was needed! What do you suggest as a fast way to do so? Adding each time new dots/verteces takes so ...
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How to go with…somewhat complex geological maps in QGIS?

Just a follow-up to this question QGIS: Line to polygon conversion. Not sure do i have to continue there itself... We are currently digitizing a geological map...which has 36 features in total. Some ...
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Heads up digitizing - Polygons overlay differently with two different Satellite images

I have been digitizing building footprints from satellite image using ArcGIS 10.1 . Field data collections is done with the use of four corner point GPS way point. Due to multipath errors, we are ...
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How can I create a simple basemap in QGIS that will allow me to trace a polygon with an accurate projection?

I need to find an aerial photograph, create a new vector layer, trace several fields in this aerial photograph, and find random coordinates within these polygons. I first tried this with the Google ...
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How to indicate flow of a watershed feature?

While tracing and digitizing rivers, streams, rivulets, etc., is it possible to indicate the direction/flow in the shapefile on QGIS? I'd like to avoid using map labels. Ideally, when done tracing, I ...
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Can I resume (continue) digitizing a polygon feature from any vertex?

When I digitize in ArcMap with a Wacom tablet and a pen I often accidentally double click and finish my sketch. More often then not the accidentally finished sketch crosses itself. I would like to ...
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QGIS: Line to polygon conversion

Currently we are working in a geological project..in which all the Contacts, Linear & some other geological features have to be captured. The thing is most of the features have to be Captured as ...
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using the “freehand” construction tool

I am drawing hydro features with the freehand tool. Does anyone know how to delete vertices (i.e. back up) in ArcMap 10 while drawing with freehand in the construction tools? I was just curious if ...
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Digitized vectors don't match while zooming [duplicate]

I'm trying to digitize in QGIS with Google Maps as the background. Digitizing with constant zoom works fine. But if the zoom is changed, the digitized vectors don't match the Google Maps background ...
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How can I create/draw “freehand” polygon features in QGIS 2.2?

I installed the Freehand Editing plugin but it doesn't seem to work with the latest version of QGIS; the icon appears on the Ditizing Toolbar but the icon is disabled. Is there any way to use a ...
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How can I optimize ArcMap Editor's streaming mode for use with a tablet such as the Wacom Intuos?

I have the Wacom Intuos 4 Large tablet which I use occasionally outside of ArcGIS. I now need to digitize a large volume of polygons from aerial imagery and am finding the tablet's ArcGIS ...
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When digitizing, polygons are inverted

I need to use QGIS to digitize my images. My images are scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of rocks. I am interested in analyzing the pore space in the images. Here is the steps I follow: I ...
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Searching 'select by color' for raster or map data

I'm planing to create an online map component with which the user can create/draw polygons based on underlying raster data. Is there some library / tool / procedure existing which enables the ...
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When digitizing, objects are not saved well

I've some problems with digitizing. If I draw a line or a polygon, the line or polygon is saved in the attribute list, but not visible and its location is not saved either (when I zoom to the object ...
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Which one is best open source GIS software where we can use Google/bing/yahoo maps as a basemap? [closed]

Which one is best open source GIS software where we can use Google/bing/yahoo maps as a basemap? i want to update my shp files using any of these basemap.
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Digitizing from OpenLayers Plugin in QGIS, or create raster?

Is there an easy method for digitizing from a layer added from the OpenLayers pluggin. As i cannot snap to it or use it as raster so the entire map does not load? two separate issues there.
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How do you auto populate a field when a new point feature is digitized?

Is there a way to populate a field automatically when a new point is dropped on the map? We have our map in State Plane Feet, and we want to the database to automatically add WGS xy coordinates to ...
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QGIS Fill Ring tool problem

Using the new (in 2.2) 'Fill Ring' tool and it doesn't seem to work correctly in all cases. It seems that if I try and digitise the new ring close to the polygon boundary, TWO (or more) geometries ...