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Are there any attempts to replace the shapefile?

Recently I've been spending a lot of time converting perfectly good field names like "Percent of citizens age 25 and over with a bachelor's degree or higher" into things like "edbchogtr" to meet the ...
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Can ESRI's File Geodatabase API be Redistributed?

ESRI's file geodatabase API can now be used with GDAL/OGR - http://www.gdal.org/ogr/drv_filegdb.html however each individual seems to have to login to ESRI and download the API files individually. For ...
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How to increase developer productivity with ESRI technology

We are a small team of .NET developers. We have ample GIS experience, and none of us are new to software/database development or system administration. We have technical degrees and many years of ...
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How can I implement ESRI REST API?

ESRI announced that they are releasing the ArcGIS REST API as open technology. I've got an ISP running Sql Server 2008 with IIS7. Does anyone know of a good walk through showing how I can write C# ...
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What is the difference between ESRI's SDE and Geospatial dbs?

When would you want to use ESRI SDE (I think it is called Server but I forget the level - please feel free to edit) versus a spatially enabled database. What are the trade-offs on either side? What ...
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Hidden Features of ArcGIS [duplicate]

ArcGIS is one of the most popular software-packages available for GIS. What are the lesser-known but useful features of the ArcGIS? Which little/hidden tricks do you known that make your experience ...
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Why the GIS industry is always ruled by two options only, namely ESRI products and OSGeo projects?

I always wonder, why in GIS industry there are merely two major options available. Although there are many other proprietary software products for GIS, their market share is well below ESRI products ...
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How to count consecutive pixel values for a set of rasters?

All, I'm using ArcGIS 10 with Spatial Analyst. I have a set of rasters (8 in total) that only every contain a 1 or a 0 for each cell. Each raster represents a different years worth of data. For ...
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Hand drawn sketchy symbology styles for GIS software

Often times in planning projects, a hand drawn, sketchy look is desirable in order to convey the preliminary nature of a project. Is anyone aware of any utilities/plugins for desktop GIS software ...
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Does Re-Projecting an ESRI ShapeFile only update the content of the .prj file?

if i wish to change the projection of some shapefiles from .. lets say NAD83 (4269) to WGS84 (4326) ... and by using some 3rd party app .... does this mean the .prj file is only updated .. and not the ...
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Data naming convention - starting with a number

My company uses ArcGIS and has a project and data file naming standards in place and (for the most part) followed. Something that has always bothered me about he naming standards is that it mandates ...
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No way to De-authorise ArcGIS Server? How to get license back?

At v10 of ArcGIS Server, from what I understand of the new license model, it is not possible to de-authorise ArcGIS Server (like you can with Desktop) Clients have visibility over their licences with ...
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Is there a good way to get a diff between an old and a new version of an SDE database?

Is there a tool or a process that can reveal changes made to the schema of an SDE database when comparing two versions of the same database hosted on different servers? I have an old database that ...
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Are the ESRI .lyr and .mxd data format specs published?

Are the binary formats of .lyr and .mxd files published?
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How do you organize your geodata?

A geodatabase doesn't provide much flexibility in organizing your data hierarchically. All feature sets live either at the top level of the database, or one level down in feature datasets. A feature ...
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How does Esri technical support work i.e. what kind of questions does it answer?

Given the number of questions about basic/intermediary usage of Esri products on this site and in a lot of other mail lists, I became curious to know why people don't ask them to the technical ...
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ArcSDE connection limit exceeded

We routinely exceed ArcSDE's connection limit, about once a week. Many of the "connections" are nothing but orphaned records in the SDE.PROCESS_INFORMATION table. Is there any way to clean up these ...
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How to disconnect all open GDB connection in ArcMap 9.3

I am having trouble releasing GDB locks in ArcMAP 9.3. Does anyone know a way to disconnect from all open GDB connections in ArcMap 9.3. I could close and re-open arcMap, but that seems to be a ...
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Can ESRI Personal Geodatabase be viewed with any software other than ArcGIS?

Is it possible to open a PGDB file in software other than ArcGIS? i.e are there any opensource software available just for viewing the data?
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How to add custom Feature attributes to ESRI Shapefile with Python?

I am seeking a way to take an existing ESRI Shapefile that has a Feature set of 200 countries. Each country Feature has an attribute of "NAME." My objective is to create a Python script that adds an ...
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Character encoding support in geodatabases and shapefiles

I've got several geodatabases that include feature classes with Greek letters in a lot of the attributes. When I try exporting a feature class as a shapefile from ArcCatalog, the attributes are ...
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How to copy geodatabase on ftp site to local geodatabase using Python?

There is a geodatabase sitting on an ftp site that I would like to download with a Python script. Right now I'm thinking one way to do this is to copy the ftp geodatabase to a geodatabase on my ...
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The Best books from ESRI

Which books from ESRI Press can you recommend? Anticipate your suggestion that i should give a specific topic I just want to know what can you recommend as you like the most (can be any topic- ...
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Are there any open source tools to detect and fill sinks on a DEM?

Are there any open source or inexpensive tools to detect and fill sinks on a DEM? ESRI Spatial Analyst is just out of my price range.
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Log file for ArcGIS geoprocessing?

Whenever I run a geoprocess overnight, it seems my computer reboots. Does ArcGIS save some log file information? Where does it save it? For example, when I run a large dataset or image process I need ...
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Using ArcGIS Online Base Maps without Esri Software?

Since the end of January 2011: "ArcGIS Online map services are available at no cost regardless of use." - http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisonline/standard-maps.html However, the ...
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Will there be a Python API for ArcGIS Server?

It seems like an obvious next step given the big push towards Python in ArcGIS Desktop at 10.0. Are there any limitations of Python compared to javascript, flex, etc that would prevent ESRI from ...
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Format and value of Esri Technical Certification?

Starting mid-January you will be able to register for a series of Technical Certifications from Esri and I was interested in doing this, but have not been able to find out too much information about ...
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ESRI JSON Polygon Ring Orientation

I am having a hard time finding any detailed documentation defining ESRI's JSON specs. I am hoping someone can shed some light on the following two questions. Similar to the GeoJSON spec, the first ...
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What are the implications of using .NET Generics to store ArcObjects?

I'm wondering what are the implications of using Generic types in .NET to store ArcObjects, such as ILayer, IField, etc. The compiler throws me a warning when using these kind of values public class ...
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Future of ArcGIS Mobile

I'm not sure we can get a straight answer from ESRI on this question at his point because there is so much uncertainty with Microsoft in this area right now but "What is the future of ArcGIS Mobile ...
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ArcObjects - Get units from ISpatialReference

How do I get the units (meter/feet) from an ISpatialReference object in ArcObjects?
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How can I tell what licensing level my ESRI GIS server is from client tools?

From client tools, like ArcCatalog, is there a way to know if the GIS server I am connecting to is running under a workgroup or enterprise license? Also, is it possible to tell if the edition is ...
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ESRI HTTP where query

A friend and I are currently creating a pretty straight forward LINQ to ESRI library that sends HTTP queries to an ArcGIS MapServer and then parses the JSON response appropriately. Everything is ...
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Editing a shapefile in ESRI ArcMap (programmatically)?

Is this something that can be done? For instance if I created an overlay on a map and saved it as a shape file, I want to go and edit this (pre-existing file.) overlay...Either add points/remove ...
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In ESRI ArcMap, how do I refer to NaN or ±∞ (special floating point values) in definition queries?

I have by chance discovered how ESRI ArcMap displays special floating point values to the user. +∞ (positive infinity) is displayed as 1.#INF –∞ (negative infinity) would supposedly be displayed as ...
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Convert an ESRI File GDB Table to Access 2007 ACCDB table programmatically

Does anyone know of a method to convert an ESRI File Geodatabase Table into Access 2007 Table programmatically. I have been trying using the PYODBC library and a series of insert statements but am ...
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Can I use Google Maps as a layer in Arcmap?

Is it possible?
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Data Interoperability or FME ESRI Edition?

I've been debating keeping our Data Interoperability licence or going with the full FME ESRI Edition. I'm looking for advice. Thank you. D
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How do I cluster XY point data? (ArcGIS 9.3)

I have a whole bunch of icons displaying on a map, I want these clustered together as was suggested to me for a different question here... ArcGIS 9.3. How do I increase Picture Marker Symbol ...
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Browser support for ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript API (v2.4)

Can anyone give me information or a good pointer on browser version support in the ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript API v2.4? I can't find much in their documentation beyond changes in support for specific ...
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How to get a list of adjacent lots to a road in ArcMAP and PostGIS/QGIS?

In the following map, I have: A line / road layer A parcel / lot layer The Task: Find and count the list of lots adjacent to the road with their types (parcel_type is a field in the parcel ...
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How to keep track of changes (version control) to MXD files?

I am trying to use ArcMap for the first time, so please bear with me and don't down vote the question. My superior at the work place has asked me to do some research about the life cycle of an .mxd ...
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How can I auto-increment output file-names in Toolbox ESRI ArcMap 10

I have a simple tool which outputs a file. I would like the filename to be a number which increments every time the tool is run. How would I go about implementing this using the toolbox in ESRI ...
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Allow multiple users to share personal geodatabases safely?

We're using ArcGIS 9.3 but for reasons beyond the scope of this question we have to stick with personal geodatabases (MS Access .mdb's) and multiple users. How can we set this up so only a limited few ...
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How do I install ArcGIS 10.1 and use my current Python 2.7.2 install?

I just did a clean OS install and installed ActivePython 2.7.2 I want to use this Python install for use with ArcGIS 10.1 I just installed ArcGIS 10.1 and it did a new Python install. What do I ...
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Incorrect date displayed with Esri JavaScript API v.2.6

I am working on a site that is using version 2.6 of the Esri Javascript API. I have an info window that displays some date information, and the date is one day behind the date in the database. For ...
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Alternatives to ESRI Business Analyst

Does there exists any other software that can do store-level trade area analysis without much programming overhead? I am particularly interested in: Creating cutomer-derived trade areas that ...
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2011 ESRI DevSummit

This is probably more of a community wiki question. Who will be attending the ESRI Developer Summit next month in Palm Springs? Which sessions and/or new products look most interesting to you? ...
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statistics by rectangle (raster image)

I have a shp file with some rectangles and I want to extract statistics within these areas from a raster image. I prefer ArcMap 9.3.