Geoprocessing is a GIS operation used to manipulate GIS data. If you are performing geoprocessing using ArcGIS then the tag Geoprocessing-framework is specific to that software and should be used instead.

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Alternatives to using Arcpy

I seem to use ESRI's Arcpy site package for virtually all of my python geoprocessing. To ESRI's credit, these are an incredible suite of tools that can help accomplish a great deal. However, I would ...
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Streamlining Python Code for Big Data

I have Python code which is designed to take point shapefiles through the following workflow: Merge points Integrate points, such that any points within 1 m of each other become one point Create ...
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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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How to easily shift all features in a vector dataset?

Let's say that I put together a Shapefile and all the features have their vertices shifted by a constant amount. What's the easiest way of shifting all the features (hence the (x,y) position of their ...
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How to identify clusters in vector point data?

I have a vector dataset of rural broadband data-points (how fast, etc.) and I'd like to explore if there are clusters of points with similar characteristics, and to plot polygons encompassing them. ...
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Is there any model builder in QGIS or other open source GIS?

Like the ModelBuilder of ArcGIS for Desktop to run simultaneous geoprocessing tools, is there any model builder available in QGIS or any other open source GIS software?
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Python Script examples for geoprocessing shapefiles without using arcpy

I would like to use a Python script that is not based on arcpy to do things like query a shapefile by attributes, create new layer from selection, and calculate areas of a polygon and convert ...
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Is there an architecture for distributed geoprocessing?

Suppose I have 50 computers on my LAN. Each computer has a geodatabase for all parcel polygons in a particular state in the US. I'd like to write a geoprocessing task that finds all parcels valued ...
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Ways of expressing geographic questions in machine readable form

A core concept of GIS is answering questions about datasets. From the point of view of a database; SQL with spatial extensions is a way of asking such questions. What other ways can questions be ...
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How to handle TIME in GIS?

Is there any way or any idea on how to handle Time attribute in GIS? For example, which are the ways to specify that an object is at a place at a given time interval and them it is in another place ...
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PostGIS: Select features that do NOT intersect

This seems to me like such a simple question (and it probably is) yet I cannot seem to find an example that gives me the answer. Using PostGIS, I just want to select points that fall outside of ...
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Is there Python library (other than ArcPy) for geoprocessing such as buffer?

Excluding ArcPy, is there any python library which can do geoprocessing, such as buffer/intersect, with shapefiles?
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Simplifying adjacent polygons

I encountered a problem simplifying set of polygons that are adjacent. If I simplify each polygon separately with the Douglas–Peucker algorithm (which is used by many open source tools), the resulting ...
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Is there a way to automate the preprocessing of LANDSAT data?

I'm currently enrolled in a remotesensing course, using LANDSAT data. Part of my course is about standardizing the scenes based on radiance values. I assume that because this is such a tedious task, ...
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File organization for sharing ArcGIS python code

What is the best organizational structure for sharing ArcGIS python code and geoprocessing tools? Or even, are sharing code and sharing tools separate questions? Esri has a Methods for distributing ...
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Obtaining extent of each polygon in shapefile?

In arcgis 10 and python I want to get the extent (xmax, ymax, xmin, ymin) info of each of the polygons in a shape file. I can get the extent of the whole shape file using ...
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PostGIS: Assign ID of point in layer A to closest point in Layer B

This should have been an obvious precursor (that I didn't ask) to my other question: PostGIS function to create spider diagrams? If I do not know the relationship between a point in layer A (stores) ...
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Mirror of Michigan State University's Python geoprocessing course materials

Been learning geoprocessing with Python using MSU's GEOG 825 ( python geoprocessing ) course. Unfortunately the link is dead now. I know this is a long shot but does anybody have a copy of the ...
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How can I use ArcGIS 10.1 to find a geodesic equidistant point defined by three points?

For example, I have coordinates for three base points on a coastline and I need to find the coordinates of the point off the coast which is equidistant from all three. It’s a simple exercise in ...
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Simplifying polygons to linestring

I would like to simplify some polygons that represent rivers into linestrings. I assume that holes in polygons can be omitted. Anybody has some good idea how to simply do it? It would be nice, if it ...
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How do I identify and gracefully kill hung Gp service processes?

I've published a gp tool as an asynchronous non-pooled gp service. When the gp tool hangs I would like to allow the user to kill it, without impacting other services. If I put a webservice on the ...
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How do I create groups of points from lat/long pairs?

I have a database which contains Lat/Long pairs to identify the location of points of interest. I would like to group the points of interest into groups of 10. The group should be geographically ...
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How to develop GUI in Python for geoprocessing?

I want to develop GUI in Python for geoprocessing, but I don't know what is the best GUI tool or library (Tkinter, PyQT, wxPython) for geoprocessing? Can I use PyQT for GUI programming in ArcGIS?
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Is there a Free Aggregate Points tool out there for ArcGIS 10?

I need to do some Getis-Ord analysis but first I need to aggregate my points. I know of XToolsPro, but the aggregate points function is locked and you must purchase a license to use it. I am ...
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Can I add an ArcToolbox tool to QGIS?

I have been using a publicly available tool in ArcGIS called SPreAD-GIS. It is a series of python scripts that are "implemented as an ArcGIS toolbox" (with tbx file). I am new to QGIS. Is there a ...
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Ocean flow models - predict the path of an object dropped in the ocean

This question is from a user who wants to calculate the predicted path of a bottle dropped from a ship. He has a spreadsheet of hundreds of these bottles and wishes to display the predicted vs actual ...
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Issues with geoprocessing with .NET

There are some nice features in ArcToolbox we can use, but for some reason, this is NOT working properly. It doesn't even throw me an error. My software is running inside ArcMap, so no need to ...
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Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python?

Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python? I'd like to write a script to do some geoprocessing, and I'd like to use the clip, regular points and convex hull tools in fTools, as well as the Road ...
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Programatically split a polygon with a line

In looking at this question, it occurred to me that I am not sure how one would go about using geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS to split a polygon with a line programatically. Manually, you would use ...
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How to import esri Personal Geodatabase (.mdb) to PostGIS on Linux

We have esri Personal Geodatabases that we need to import into PostGIS. Ultimately, we'd like to allow people to upload an MDB on a web server, and have it import the layers into PostGIS. On ...
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How to find differences between shapefiles?

Every month I have to QA/QC some streets data for an entire county (over 47,000 records). The first step is to compare the two files. Currently, I'm using a tool that was created in house via VBA ...
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Determine minimum number of polygons from shapefile to cover an area of interest

I have a large number shapefiles representing areas of interest for an analysis that will be conducted using various sources of satellite imagery (IKONOS, RapidEye, etc.). Unfortunately, the imagery ...
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Compiling Python Scripts that use ArcGIS Geoprocessing Tools?

I've been coding with Python for several months now and have developed some reasonably complex scripts for primarily geoprocessing tasks. That being said, I'm still learning a lot as I'm coming from a ...
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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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How to use PostGIS to handle complex geoprocessing workflows?

Our organization is considering moving our geoprocessing workflow to PostGIS. We are currently using ArcGIS, with a plethora of custom Python tools used in ModelBuilder. We're moving most of our data ...
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How to sum up values of neighbouring polygons?

I hope that you can help me with the following problem: I have a vector (polygon) layer. I would like to add an attribute to the layer that - for every polygon - sums the values of a specific field of ...
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Divide a complex shape file into a grid

I have a decently detailed shapefile with polygon/multipolygon features (the file is about 500mb). It's actually a shapefile of the entire world, with the features representing coastlines. I need to ...
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How do I figure out if there are clusters of one set of points around another set of points from a different layer?

I want to see if there is clustering of a certain type of buildings (x) around another type of buildings (y). The two point files are in different layers. I cannot figure out which tool I would use to ...
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ArcGIS Python Tool - Importing Custom Script Into ToolValidator Class

I had posted a question last week about customizing a ToolValidator class and got some very good answers. In working with the proposed solutions, I have created a custom module that performs queries ...
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How to find Clusters of N Points Within X Distance?

We have tried two methods of cluster analysis: Cluster and Outlier Hot Spot ... but neither meets our specification which has these 3 parameters: a Set of Point features N points within a ...
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Automated/geoprocesing tool to slice, clip, or cut polygons using polylines using ArcGIS Desktop?

Looking for a simpler method here. I am trying to split up / cut / slice existing polygons by using existing poly-lines. An example would be splitting a water body or land parcel at the point where a ...
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Can I collect Seismic data with an array of cell phones?

Suppose I have an array of cell phones, each having: an accelerometer a clock a GPS receiver Windows Phone 7 (WP7) How hard would it be to write a program so that synchronizes the phones to a ...
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Background reading on using GPUs for GIS?

I'm interested in the emerging intersection between GIS systems and GPUs, which can provide orders of magnitude improvement to certain classes of GIS problems. Do you know of any good resources ...
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How to read an Excel sheet in ArcPy script

I'm writing a python code to convert X,Y points in excel to shapefile. In this process i have toread xy points from shhet1. What is the step i have to include in my process to read data from sheet1 of ...
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Does dissolving features improve geoprocessing efficiency?

I have a large set of line data (>140,000 features). Is there a processing advantage, in either time required or (more importantly) memory used: to running Dissolve on the data before running ...
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Finding mid-point of line using ArcPy?

How can the mid-point of a polyline be calculated using the geoprocessing framework, e.g. in a Python script? The polyline.centroid property returns The true centroid if it is within or on the ...
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Device for Logging GPS and Accelerometer Data?

I am looking for a device that can track my location (lat,long) and speed all day long. Perhaps, I need GPS and accelerometer data bundled together. What I want to do is to log my daily activities. I ...
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To what extent is SQL's language accessible via ArcGIS tools?

That question just sounds so redundant... At any rate, I have been asked to explore the uses of SQL in ArcGIS. We use an SDE DB for all server-side storage and DB managing/large-scale editing. ...
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How to integrate SAGA Python Modules into ArcGIS Desktop?

I have been having a look at SAGA (http://www.saga-gis.org/en/index.html) and it seems to have some nice tools for geoprocessing. I was wondering if anyone out there has had any luck bringing SAGA ...
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Using ESRI geoprocessing services from a non-ESRI client (Python)?

I'm thinking it should be possible to consume an ESRI Geoprocessing service from a python script without invoking ArcPy or needing an ESRI installation on the client machine. For example I create a ...