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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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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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 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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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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Is there any model builder in QGIS or other open source GIS?

Like the model builder in ArcGIS Desktop to run simultaneous geoprocessing tools, is there any model builder available in QGIS or an open source GIS software.
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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 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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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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How to get the extent of each polygon in a 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there an automated/geoprocesing tool In ArcGIS to slice, clip, or cut polygons using polylines?

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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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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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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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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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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Issues with large datasets

I am trying to run an Intersect process in arcgis 10 sp 3 with 2 file sets (aspect and slope) from up to a 1m DEM across an area of 65,000sq km. The aspect has 9,930,384 records and the slope has ...
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Unusual results for geoprocessing speed tests

I have been observing unusual performance with a Python geoprocessing script. The (attached) script performs the following actions: Use a search cursor to look up UTM zone corresponding to polygon ...
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Address Standardizer Options

Ok, so with ArcGIS 10, ESRI has depricated 'Address Standardizing' in the new locators, I know you can still use the 9.3.1 locators to do this; but I heavily suspect that after the 10.1 version we ...
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Preferred programming language and software for entire remote sensing workflow?

I have been involved in remote sensing for some years now during studies. I am wondering which combination of software and image processing modules would be most suitable for an entire process chain ...
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Where is this raster offset being introduced in the QGIS processing toolbox?

I'm using the (awesome!) processing toolbox in QGIS 2.0 to reclassify some NoData values in a raster from -9999 to 0, but at some point in the process there's an offset of about 0.2 degrees being ...
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Is there an effective limit to the geoprocessing task Geocode Addresses?

The issue I face has the following background: We are geocoding an immense directory of records. It is something in excess of 100 million addresses. I have split the addresses up into as small a ...
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Using a different Python IDE/debugger for ArcGIS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I effectively debug arcpy Python scripts? I prefer to use PyScripter over IDLE as my IDE/debugger for writing GP scripts in Python. In ArcGIS, however, when I ...
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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 ...