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Format of raw LiDAR data (time-of-flight data)

I am doing a project where I need to simulate LIDAR data, and I am looking for specifications on how raw LIDAR data looks. I want the format of the data before it is translated to x,y,z coordinates ...
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What has prevented a “better” format than shapefiles from being widely adopted? [closed]

Reading through this answer got me thinking: Why hasn't a better format than the shapefile been widely adopted? Shapefiles have (as I'm sure most of us have noticed) many annoying quirks, ...
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What is a good data structure and file format for describing road network geometry AND topology?

I am trying to emulate the road network from OSM or Google (or Waze, etc.) locally, so that I can run some algorithms on it. For that, I want to represent these roads as graphs, where each edge would ...
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How to open .bds file in qgis

I have a Land Registry boundary file which is in .bds (Base Dataset) format, a native file format in Cadcorp SIS. I want to open this file in QGIS. Is it possible, or do I have to do any conversions?
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Converting ArcGIS layers into .kml for Google Earth

ArcGIS newb here. I'm trying to convert an ArcGIS layer into a .kml format so I can use it in Google Earth. I've found several tutorials for this, but none of them have been helpful so far. They seem ...
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How to digitize 3D geospatial data using FOSS applications

I need to digitize soil horizon data from photos to be later used in a 3-dimensional GIS workflow. For each photo I have DGPS coordinates of the top left and right corner and the depth of the ...
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.DWG and .DGN will not drop in to ArcMap 10.2.2

I am attempting to bring in Microstation data (.DGN) into a working ArcMap file. Every time I attempt to drop the data in the map I get the following error message... (Error could not open the ...
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.MXD file shows as *.DOC file after upgrading machine with ArcGIS 10.3.1 for Desktop to Windows 10?

I created an .mxd file on a computer with an earlier version of Windows (I was at a college campus; not sure what version). Now, on a computer with Windows 10, the file appears as a Word .DOC and ...
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The next big thing in standardized spatial data exchange format?

I remember reading something a few months back, in the latter half of 2012, about a coordinated group effort to design a new standard for sharing geographic / spatial data. It has or aims to have the ...
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How to save geopackage gpkg file with QGIS

I read about the new geopackage file which shall have the potential to be the shapefile of the future. But i can't find a way to save a file in QGIS as gpkg. In ArcGIS it might be possible. I would ...
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Location/format of inserted pictures used for marker symbols in ArcGIS Desktop?

I have an old mxd that uses several hundred custom made picture marker symbols. We don't know where the image files that were inserted as pictures marker symbols are, or what format they were in. ...
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Can I use .crd and .dwg files as QGIS data sources?

I want to use my autocad files(.dwg) and my field files (.crd), and want to know if they are compatible with qgis.
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How to extract coherence and covariance matrices of TerraSAR-X data?

I have obtained quad-polarized level 1b TerraSAR-X data from DLR. When I tried to read the data using PolSARpro, I understood that it is only capable of reading SSC format But my data is in MGD ...
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Opening CTF and DAT files in ArcGIS for Desktop?

How does one open CTF and DAT files as listed here using ArcGIS 10.3? I looked for instructions on their WELCOME to the Geoscientific Database Guide website but there isn't much guidance.
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Map formats supported by QGIS

May i know whether QGIS supports the following map formats? (1) S-57 Electronic Navigation Charts (Naval Maps) (2) Army/IAF Maps in DGN (3) DTEDO0, DTEDO1 and DTEDO2 (4) GeoTIFF (5) DTED
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How to open the Electronic nautical chart S-57 data?

Anyone know how to open the Electronic nautical chart S-57 data by using GIS software e.g. Arcview, QGIS? and converted it to general GIS / CAD formats.
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What is required for representing a obstracle in AIXM format for aviation

I am trying to figure out what the requirements are for delivering obstacles or obstructions in AIXM for aviation. I currently have all penetrations in a geotiff files from subtracting surfaces that ...
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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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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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Is there any publication about TIN MDE file formats like ESRI TIN or ITF?

I would like to cite in my thesis how GIS software deal with TINs both via files and in the memory during execution. Any scientific or technical publication about GIS file formats would be helpfull. ...
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List of GDAL raster file extensions

I am trying to compile a list of file extensions that are accepted by GDAL, something like ['.tif', '.png', '.jpg', '.jpeg', ...] I found a list of GDAL Raster file formats, but the values in the ...
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Export issues in ArcGIS 10.0

I'm working on a bigger map for panaflex, 12'*10'. Since basemaps in ArcGIS cannot b exported as vectors (or may be I don't know how), I have to export a jpeg file or a pdf etc (pdf, even, without ...
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digital elevation model data help?

I know little about geographic data. I am trying to get a file of elevation data for the United Kingdom so that I can import it into a CAD program and convert it to an *.stl or *.dxf format. I ...
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Viewing point clouds in bpf format?

Is there any software that can be used to view point clouds in bpf format? My preference is for free software that has low-learning curve for quick visualizations. Currently, I convert bpf to las ...
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Storing large number of mapsets with many raster maps

OS X El Capitan, GRASS GIS 7.0.1 I have a location with about 530 read-only mapsets with each about 2600 raster maps (plus PERMANENT and one link to a read-write mapset), overall 11.255.481 raster ...
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How to open or use .all files [closed]

I have downloaded what multibeam sonar datasets from the marine geoscience data system website http://www.marine-geo.org/index.php The files have arrived in a .tar folder which contains multiple ...
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Open-source reader of Leica C10 terrestrial LiDAR proprietary file format

I have a Leica C10 terrestrial LiDAR (laser scanner) system. The system creates and stores point cloud data in a proprietary .bin file. Currently I have to use Leica's proprietary LiDAR software, ...
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What's the binary format of ENVI (Classic) ROIs?

I'm a (lonely) Pythonist in an office full of ENVI/IDL users. I've created some tools to help bridge the gap, but one big stumbling block is ENVI Classic .roi files, which my colleagues use a lot. I ...
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How do I parse the file format for attributes in Raster Product Format (RPF) maps and imagery?

I'm trying to implement an open-source NITF reader (using only java, no external libraries such as GDAL or NITRO), and its mostly going OK. However I'm having trouble understanding the RPF extensions, ...
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Can ogr2ogr read .kmz files? How?

Attempting a run-of-the-mill ogr2ogr process with a KMZ file failed: FAILURE: Unable to open datasource `Rail.kmz' with the following drivers. Is there a trick? (Obvious workaround is to unzip the ...
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Do raster pixel depth & format transformations using copy raster and mosaic to new raster tools affect my initial data?

Do pixel depth transformation (for example from 8Bit to 16Bit) and format transformation (from .TIFF to .ASC) interfere with the original pixel value?
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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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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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TransCAD file format for matrix data

I've never used TransCAD before. I have what I believe to be a TransCAD matrix file called data.mtx which I would like to be able to convert to some other file formats. I would prefer to do this at ...
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Converting *.tif file into headerless (flat) binary file?

I am using NDVI files (value range -1 to +1) created from Landsat CDR images to produce a timeseries in TIMESAT software. My .tif file has following characteristics. File type TIFF,Data Type ...
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Suitable raster format for elevation data with sub-meter accuracy?

I've got some elevation data represented in ascii gridded xyz-files which I want to convert to a conventional raster format. What's a bit special is that the elevation values have sub-meter accuracy, ...
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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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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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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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Building error with QgsVectorFileWriter

I am working with qgis api c++ 2.8.2, in c++/QT 4.5 I try to save my List of QgsField but I have the error message : no matching for call to 'QgsVectorFileWriter' I took the sample from here : ...
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Format for viewing vector files offline and mobile

I wish to create a custom mobile application for Android and/or iOS for a school project that will allow a user to view (not edit, just view) specified ESRI shapefiles while offline. Shapefiles at ...
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smallest, lossless, GDAL ready image format

I would like to know what the smallest file format is I can use with GDAL that fulfills the following criteria: lossless compression (relatively) easy to read/write with GDAL Python bindings least ...
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Creating Protocolbuffer Binary Format (PBF) file using QGIS?

I have a set of geospatial data, lines (streets) in geojson and shp file format which which i want to convert to PBF (Protocolbuffer Binary Format). I am presently working with QGIS. Please does ...
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Write GeoJson into a .geojson file with Python

I want to write a geosjon object with the type <class 'geojson.feature.Feature'> into a .geosjon file. Therefore I tried to use with open(test.geosjon, 'w') as outfile: ...
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Need a vector format that is editable in QGIS and supports >10 character column names

For reasons, I need to create a new column in a vector shapefile with a name longer than 10 characters, and export to mapinfo TAB format. I know .shp's don't support >10 character column names, so ...
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Modify File Name with Python

How would I change the following code (outJPEG section) if d like to have the original attribute table name (eg Adress) and the attribute fieldname (eg ZipCode) as file name? (Adress_ZipCode) The ...
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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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When saving a .qgs file in QGIS, another appears. Is this a backup?

When saving a project file (.qgs), which when executed is automatically loaded with qgis.bat, there's another .qgs file which appears in the same directory of the original project file, although this ...
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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?