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Grid vs TIF vs IMG

As the title suggests both of the above three formats are raster files. In ArcGIS, apparently there's no difference between them. So what's the difference between these three formats?
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In what data format should I export a (lat,long,alt) or (x,y,z) grid to be compatible with the largest number of GIS software?

I am new to GIS and developing an application that generates a 3D grid with (latitude, longitude, elevation) or (x, y, z) metric triplets, and I would like to add an exporting feature that ensures ...
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Advantage(s) of using underscores in ArcGIS file naming conventions?

In an introductory GIS course, it was insisted that all spaces within file and folder names be replaced with underscores. Why is this taught? Is there a clear benefit of doing so?
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How to open or import .sdc files in QGIS?

I have some .SDC files i want to look at but i dont have arcview installed. is it possible? i couldnt even find a software that does sdc to shp conversion. any idea? i am using qgis 1.7.4 on both ...
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How do I batch export maps for sub regions of a dataset with qgis?

I have a national level dataset consisting of polygons, polylines, points and rasters. I would like to export a map for every sub region (border defined by a polygon shapefile). Is there a simple way ...
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Converting TAB to MIF / MIF to TAB

How I can export (import) data from TAB format to MIF and vice versa?
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IDRISI .vec file translator to ESRI shapefile format?

I've recently got hold of almost 20 years old IDRISI .vec files which I'd like to convert to ESRI shapefile. I've been struggling to find any translator for this file format so far. Does anybody know ...
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rgb2pct.py increases size of file 20 fold!

I wanted to reduce the number of bands of a tif file from 3 to 1... I used this command rgb2pct.py -n 256 fnp_braunschweig.tif fnp_bs.tif and it increased the size from 31mb to 778mb I actually ...
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How to read this GRIB data [closed]

on this open FTP server (ftp://ftpdatos.aemet.es/modelos_numericos/hirlam005_peninsula/) you can find HIRLAM models from the Spanish meteorological service. The documentation in the LEEME files (in ...
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60GB .gdbtable file in my file geodatabase – what is it, and can I delete or make smaller?

The title says it all really – I have a single file named 'a0000000.gdbtable’ in my default file geodatabase that is 60 GB in size. I have a number of other files with .gdbtable extension that aren't ...
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Where can I find country borders data in human-readable format?

I'm trying to obtain some data representing the borders of all countries in the world. This data doesn't have to be very precise, it is to draw the countries on a computer screen. I did a bit of ...
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File naming for Enterprise GIS database?

I'm designing the guidelines for an Enterprise GIS database. Part of this database will include customized geoprocessing tools using a variety of software. I'm interested in knowing whether anyone ...
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KML to Dat Converter?

Are there any free KML to DAT(destinator compatible) converter available ? I tried to use global mapper but was in vain. Also used ITN converter but the line was converted to points.
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Most pervasive GIS formats?

Where can one found out what the most pervasive GIS formats are? For example, from the GIS file formats Wikipedia page, there 4 broad categories, each with many popular formats. Raster formats (13 ...
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Looking for a website to produce a file using UTM or LL or LL to UTM or general

Is there a website that allow me to upload my GPS file from UTM to lat and long to produce a new output file ? I am looking for one to run a batch a list of UTM or LL to converstion them in either way....
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Speed of various raster data formats

I'm having trouble locating any discussion or comparative benchmarking of different raster file formats (e.g., for use in data analysis in R). Does anybody have any insight into why particular formats ...
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File format (preferably open) for defining web service endpoints for ArcGIS Desktop?

Aside from .LYR files, is there a file format (preferably open) for defining web service endpoints for ArcGIS Desktop? For example, if I publish a WMS feed, can I provide a downloadable resource for ...
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What generation of the MrSID format is supported by ArcGIS 9.3?

This is probably old news to some, but I just learned that MrSID (.sid) files have different 'generations' of file formats - so there are MrSID Generation 2, Generation 3, and Generation 4 files. ...
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Exporting county level data in *.shp file to text (csv) file in ArcMap?

I have a shape file created as per the answer to my previous question, which includes county level means for each county in the US. How can I now export this data in a .csv file, e.g. with just the ...
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Convert .dwg file into .dwf file using Teigha tool

I am using teigha tool to convert my dwg file into dwf file. Can anybody help to explain the procudure for the same. Your prompt reply will be greatly appreciated!
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Change output file type in QGIS georeferencer?

I have successfully georeferenced a raster file via the Georeferencer plugin (Georeferencer GDAL Version 3.1.9) in QGIS 1.7.0. However, I noticed that the output georeferenced raster file is in TIFF ...
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GDF — Can anyone suggest some good reading?

Can anyone give me a nutshell explanation of the Geographic Data Files format, or post a few URLs I might find enlightening? I get the sense (although I'm not sure) that GDF implies building ...
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Creating a .rul file for topology in ArcGIS?

How can I create .rul file for topology in ArcGIS?
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Import .cdr file into gis/cad format

I have a corel draw (.cdr) file that I would like to import into a GIS. It is a vector format which I thing has no geographic information associated. I would like to be able to get it into MapInfo ...
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What is the wire format for Google's new vector map tiles?

Google recently released new vector cartography for their mobile maps. I'm curious if anyone here has any insight into the wire format they use for transmission? I've experimented with a few formats ...
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How can I transform a georeferenced JPG to a georeferenced TIF?

I have an georeferenced JPG file and a JGW file containing the coordinates. How can I transform it to a georeferenced TIF file and a TFW file? I have tried to save the JPG file as an TIF file in ...
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How can I open a georeferenced JPG file in OCAD?

I have a georeferenced .jpg file with the .jgw file containing the coordinates. I want to use it as a background in OCAD. But when I open the file as a background, the jpg file is not georeferenced to ...
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Which GIS support DXF and/or DWG?

Which GIS support DXF and/or DWG (preferably read&write)? Update: Are there any open source GIS supporting these or similar CAD files? Support of CAD files generally seems to be problematic. ...
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Custom, low-level representation of streets and traffic rules

I'm new to GIS, and I'm still trying to gain an understanding of what can be represented in the various GIS files. Very generally I know(/think) that you can represent points, that lines, polylines, ...
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Are ArcGIS *.lyr and *.mxd data format specs published?

Are the binary formats of *.lyr and *.mxd files published?
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How to convert between KML and Esri's shapefile (SHP) format?

My users are sending me point data that were digitized using GoogleEarth. How can I convert their KML to a shapefile?
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Is there any open source library for reading OCAD files?

I would like to read map files created by OCAD (.ocd). The file format specification is open and available on the web page, but it's binary and complex. Is there an open source library that can be ...