Generalisation is the simplification operation applied on spatial data when their representation scale decreases.

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What are the existing solutions to automate generalisation/simplification of geographical data?

I am looking for existing solutions (softwares, libraries, methods, etc.) to automate the generalisation/simplification of geographical data as presented there, and also there. How do you proceed ...
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Simplifying geometries (generalization)

What are the recommended ways of simplifying geometries? Keeping in mind projections, and simplifying state geometries for example. I've heard about converting to an 'equi-distant' projection that ...
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What raster smoothing/generalization tools are available?

I have a DEM that I would like to smooth or generalize to remove topographic extremes (chop off peaks and fill-in valleys). Ideally, I would also like to have control over the radius or level of ...
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Generalisation Strategies for Building Outlines

I have a dataset of building footprints vectorised from a raster dataset. The dataset is currently just a vector representation of the raster data. I would like a polygon dataset that only has ...
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Rendering overlapping lines

I am making a map containing information about public transportation: busses, trams, etc. The map will have a layer containing for example the tram lines. Each line has its own colour, and is ...
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Best practices for visualising clustered features in web maps?

I'm looking for the best symbol to display clustered features in the ArcGIS Server JS API. I don't like the "fly-out" animated cluster symbol, as used in the Silverlight API clustering or the JS ...
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How to generalize SpatialPolygons and conserving topology in R?

I would like to generalize a SpatialPolygonsDataFrame in R to make plotting more efficient. The polygons I have result in huge pdf plots that are slow to load and hard to integrate into a document. ...
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Using “Merge Divided Roads” tool with lesser parallel lines

When using the "Merge Divided Roads" tool, it merges roads that "trend generally parallel to one another". This means that from figure one.. It will merge the beginning, where the roads are close to ...
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How to generalize coastlines?

I have a large set of data points that essentially represent the coastline of the world. I don't know the exact resolution but I'd say it's in the neighbourhood of 5-10m. Imagine a set of points ...
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How do I combine high resolution and generalized hillshade rasters to produce enhanced shaded relief?

I often add LiDAR data to a map along with a shaded relief. Most of the time i have to generalize the LiDAR dem depending on the scale of the map. Still, there is often too much detail and mountain ...
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Location storage and query algorithms. How do they work?

One of the most important aspects of a GIS-equipped database is that it provides the user with the capability to quickly query for all points within some arbitrary geographic area that match some ...
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How to generalize a point feature class

I have a point featureclass with a point for every 25cm - in Total 400,000 Points. I would like to reduce this resolution to one point every Meter. How could I instruct ArcGIS Advanced(ArcInfo) to do ...
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Using ArcGIS to filter cells where 7 or 8 of the neighbors are different

I have land cover data that I would like to clean using some generalization tools. Majority filter does almost exactly what I want, but is missing one key option. Majority filter allows you to change ...
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Why does GRASS eliminate polygons when using v.generalize?

I am facing a dilemma while trying to use v.generalize to simplify polygons which are similar in size and structure to US Counties or States. Often, I lose polygons from the data set after running ...
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Tool/Algorithm for generalizing OSM-Files for printing maps

Is there a tool or algorithm to (topological) generalizes OSM-shapes? I would like to build a printable map in different scales. In the image below you can see the same divided road (yellow) at ...
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Raster generalization - buffers in rasters, expand pixels?

Is it possible to create buffers for pixels of raster files? Actually I need to expand the pixels classified as 1 (in white in the figure) with a spatial range of 1 or 2 pixels, in order to perform ...
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Retrieve polygon smallest MBR

I have a postgis table containing polygons. I want to transform my polygons to 4 points polygons : retrieve the smallest MBR. Here comes an illustration of what I want : My original polygon is ...
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Dividing the world space to geographic sub-space

I am trying to divide the world space to geographic sub-space from "general" to "specific" locations and without using latitude and longitude information. That is, I am trying to think about the world ...
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Raster aggregation in ArcGIS

I'd like to aggregate a raster from 1m to 6m in ArcGIS with a custom rule. For example, each cell value of aggregated raster = mean value of 5 highest cell values from 36 aggregated values. How do I ...
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Finding Ring Smaller than a certain tolerance

In Simplifying a shapefile for world timezones http://efele.net/maps/tz/world/ all generalize/simplify algorithms fail on 5 countries/states, shown in this shape file ...
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How to aggregate detached polygons?

Is there any open-source library to aggregate detached polygons? I know that there is a tool in ArcInfo, but it is commercial.
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Tips for minimizing shapefile size without compromising geographical detail?

I work for a state government's fisheries service, and lately we've been digitizing a lot of our regulatory boundaries within the state's waters that we'd like to service out on web maps. ...
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Enlarge/roughen the Vector Size of Tiles

Im currently running a GeoServer and my task is to make the vectors rougher thant they are right now. I really dont know where and how the Geoserver processes the data from the DB and how it will be ...
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Tracklogs to single line OR several lines to one line?

Setting: I have several trucks driving out of my factory delivering goods and coming back for more deliveries. These trucks are equipped with GPS so that they may return tracklogs to me. These ...
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How to maintain right-angles when buffering?

When buffering some polygons I am trying to avoid the curved buffered area like this: I'm trying to do thins within an FME workbench but if someone knows how its done in other software that would ...
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GeoServer pregeneralized layers not working as expected

I've set up GeoServer 2.1.4 and installed the feature-pregeneralized-2.1.4.jar plug in and processed my shape files into each of their separate folders with the generalized shapefiles and I've check ...
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Changing the scale (generalisation) in ArcGIS 10

I have 2 polygon layers, accordingly 1:10 000 and 1:500 000. I want to generalize the first layer from 1:10 000 to 1:500 000. I tried using Simplify polygon tool, and since these scales relate to ...
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Is it possible to simplify orthogonal polygons with OpenCarto Java Library?

I want to know if simplification of orthogonal polygons can be done with OpenCarto Java Library. If yes, does it have any API documentation? Cheers, Sanjeewa
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Flatten GIS data to a schematic

I want to take a network of roads and lanes and reduce them to a schematic that shows their relationships but not their geographic shape. A similar concept has been used for the London Underground ...
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Need an explanation on a network simplification algorithm

I try to implement the algorithm described in this paper (page 8), but there's a place that I can't understand, and the authors do not provide a more detailed explanation or pseudocode. They show how ...
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Merge point features within a given radius [duplicate]

I have a file in QGIS with 5000 points. Some of the points are really close to each other (5m). How can I cluster the point features to one point feature if they are within 5m? The new points should ...
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filter / generalize elevation points on the basis of some conditions

I wanted to generalize many elevation points in a rectangular area (about 700 square km). I need to take about 3 points for square km. These points must satisfy some conditions: One of these ...
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Why does aggregate polygons consistently error out?

I'm using aggregate polygons on a dataset with three large study areas. It did not work. So I split it into separate areas and did it again. Two of the three areas (which were smaller than the third) ...
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Generalisation Help for large amounts of Shape layers (QGIS)

I'm sorry if someone has asked this already I just haven't been able to find the right thread. I'd like to re-explore/update: What are the existing solutions to automate generalisation/simplification ...
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Is there a way to build topology and work with topology relations in PyQGIS?

Is there a way to build topology and work with topology relations in PyQGIS? I'm asking because I need to run some custom generalization algorithms on my data, and I need to preserve topology. ...
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How to smooth a raster in a rectangular fashion using gaussian blur?

How do I adjust the code for the Gaussian Blur posted in the thread: What raster smoothing/generalization tools are available? to retain the resolution/gradients in the y direction and blur only ...
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When digitizing Lines, vertices are automatically generalized when finished feature

I am creating lines(feature class) and when the feature is finished Arcmap 10 will automatically generalize/smoothens the line. Is there any reason why this is happening? is this a bug of ArcMap 10? ...
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How to generalize road network to be exact angle to each other?

I need to generalize a road network to be an exact angle to each other, we are talking about parallel streets like New York. The thing is that when you generalize, you do it per feature. I am trying ...