The process of converting features on a map or image (either hardcopy or digital) to vector-based data in digital format.

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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Editing with auxiliary features (lines, points etc.) in ArcGIS Desktop?

In order to digitize exact features in ArcGIS Desktop 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 ...
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How to split a line into a specific number of parts?

I've seen a lot of questions involving splitting a line with the help of a point layer. I want to split a line in fractions of its length. For example, I have a line 400 meters long, I want to split ...
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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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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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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 to digitize building footprints with orthogonal edges?

Using QGIS, I am trying to digitize an old raster map, and because I ultimately want to load these 2d layers into sketch-up to turn into 3D models, I need everything to be square. Here's a sample of ...
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Adding Eastings and Northings as attributes automatically to a point layer in QGIS

I have a point layer that I am adding to and am working in British National Grid. Two of the columns are Easting and Northing. When I add a new point I want these two columns to be filled out ...
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Is there a QGIS bezier curve tool?

I'm a recent convert to QGIS but have been confused about the lack of support for drawing curved shapefiles, especially when Arc has almost too many. A lot of the work that our consultancy do is based ...
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What is the fastest way to digitize features on a map?

I'm currently using QGIS basically to trace a bunch of polygons to show individual ponds from google maps. Some of the geometries can be pretty oddly shaped and using the nodal digitizing tool gets ...
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Digitizing contour lines from paper maps using QGIS?

Is it possible to give digitized altitude lines (from paper map) heights using QGIS?
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How to create in QGIS shapefile a field that automatically returns the current date

I'm digitizing a shapefile in QGIS and I need to create a field that returns automatically the current date.
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How to digitize rectangles with snapping in QGIS?

Trying to digitize a floor plan for a building (just need polygons for each room) in QGIS (shapefile layer). I started just trying to draw the features, but want to align polygons so that there is no ...
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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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Change direction of polylines from DEM data

I am trying to define the direction of my polylines (which represent gutters in a drainage system). Does anyone know if it is possible to define the direction based on elevation data extracted from a ...
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QGIS Freehand editing plug-in: blocked attribute table

I can't save object after drawing by Freehand editing plug-in. I suppose it will be connected with creating some (special) column in the table. Could anyone suggest a solution?
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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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Keeping streaming on in ArcMap when switching editing tools?

I have this problem constantly, because I digitize for work. No one there has figured this out and I was wondering if someone can tell me how to do this, because I'm tired of constantly hitting F8 and ...
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How to insert some holes in a polygon?

I have a problem with QGIS digitizing advanced tool plugin. I have a landcover-like shapefile. I have to perform some corrections on it, and I have to cut or split some polygons. I want to insert some ...
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How to digitize RGB TIFF automatically

Is it possible to digitize RGB TIFF by color - I need to select all the vegetation cover types from the image below, which is a part of an aerial photography of an island ...
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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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“Error” on Advanced Digitizing Window in QGIS

I have the word "Error" that has appeared on my Advanced Digitizing Panel since upgrading to QGIS 2.12.0 Lyon. It doesn't appear to actually affect anything negatively... has anyone else seen this or ...
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How to digitize in stream mode in QGIS, using a tablet?

How to digitize in stream mode in Qgis, using a wacom cintiq tablet? freehand it's no use. i need something like MNDR stream digitizing extension for arcview 3.x, which allows continuous tracing, ...
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How to snap and move circles by the center?

I have a point layer, and a polygon layer with buffers of a given radius around each point. I need to move points, and check that each buffer is not above forbidden land/plots. In autocad, you can ...
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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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Digitizing takes a long time [closed]

While in the process of digitizing for instance a large body of water or piece of land it takes a long time to process. Is this normal? If not what can I do to speed up the process.
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Create circle shapefile vector in QGIS

Is it possible to create a circle shapefile feature in QGIS, like it is possible to do in ArcMap? I am trying to digitise a map wich features roundabouts, which I'd like to be part of the same ...
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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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Suitable Raster processing methods to extract field boundaries from images

I'm trying to extract field boundaries and features from a lot of aerial images of agricultural land - and avoid digitizing these features manually. I've managed to get a crude raster file of the ...
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How to automatically convert dots on paper maps to vector points?

I have several paper maps with dots that I need to convert to vector points. I was hoping to get some suggestions on how to accomplish this without recreating each and every point by hand. I know ...
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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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ArcGIS lines to polygons without holes

I have a dataset with contours. Depression contours are separate of the normal contours and need to be digitized counter-clockwise. Still, there are usually some faulty ones with wrong direction and ...
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Automatic selection of colored regions when digitzing choropleth maps

I am new to working with GIS. I have a raster choropleth map similar to the one displayed below. I want to create a shapefile from the map, where each layer contains all the countries that have the ...