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How does Google Earth Enterprise compare to ArcGIS server and GeoServer?

I'm working on a web app that includes mapping capabilities (currently just markers and KML overlays on an embedded Google Map). We're starting to outgrow the limitations of Google's free stuff, and ...
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GPS Tracking by SMS

I have a GPS Tracker which sends the GPRMC string of the NMEA 0183 protocol, at fixed periodicity, to a predefined number as SMS. I am looking for a software which can port these incoming SMS to a COM ...
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shp2kml license expired, looking for free solution

So I work for a small African non-profit. I do all the GIS and data work. Most of the layers I create, I convert to kml layers so my boss can then use them quickly and easily in Google Earth. But now ...
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How can I generate a high resolution rendering of the globe?

I am building an ANSI E poster size map collection and would like to add a nice rendering of the globe to the maps indicating the approximate position of the region on the globe. The problem is that ...
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How accurate are measurements in Google Earth?

Can anyone point to a resource that lists the accuracy of measurements taken in Google Earth?
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Google Maps/Earth becoming GIS solutions yet? [closed]

I've been researching internet lately to make a comparaison between Google Geo solutions ( Google Maps, Google Earth) and other GIS solutions (Free of charge or commercial, QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.). I can ...
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Add Google Basemap to ArcGIS

Has anyone found a way to add Google Earth imagery to ArcMap 10? Currently, to view dynamic imagery in Arc I select File > Add Data > Add Basemap > Bing Maps Aerial. I'm convinced that Google Earth ...
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How do I create an animation in google earth using png overlays with kml timestamps?

I have the following kml files, each with a different timestamp and png: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <kml xmlns="http://www.opengis.net/kml/2.2" ...
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In terms of development, what capabilities does Google Earth Plugin have over Google Earth?

In terms of development, what capabilities does Google Earth Plugin have over Google Earth?
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Can OpenStreetMap replace Google Earth?

I need to build a website which needs to perform the following tasks: Display a web map with topographical details On the map show a set of selected streets When a street is selected show a set of ...
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View data of a particular year in Google Earth

For my region in India, Google Earth tiles belong to different years, 2003 - 2010. I don't mean GE's historical view feature but the imagery updates for different areas my region. I classify Landsat ...
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Examples of Animated maps

I am currently looking examples of animated maps. Creating animated maps with the help of this post and similar post checking Animaps site also I am presenting this map in local school so those ...
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Why do some maps show Sandy Island?

I need to ask you guys after reading this article. Any speculations on why some maps showed it? What can be the cause of inaccuracies in (web)Maps?
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How to measure length of line accurately?

In postgis 1.5 for the below given query the answer is 1540651.62674101 meters , SELECT ST_Length(ST_GeomFromText('LINESTRING(77.83042478941326 9.98463896136159,78.03469506809812 23.90398909552571 ...
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Steps to creating a GeoTIFF

First off, I'd like to mention that I'm pretty new to working with GIS, so please forgive my inexperience. My situation is as follows: I'm tasked with georectifying a set of imagery and importing ...
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Spatial resolution of Google Earth Imagery

What is the spatial resolution of imagery used in Google Earth? At various places on the web, I have been reading it varies from place to place - 60 cm, 2.5 m, 15 m and so on. I was wondering if there ...
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Google Earth Enterprise & ArcGIS - How do you use them together?

I have been fielded a few questions about Google Earth Enterprise--which I don't know anything about, I'm having a time finding answers to the two following questions, which can probably be summed up ...
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Google earth elevation data

I have a polyline in google earth. I want the elevation data (say in excel). I am able to see the elevation profile in google earth when I move along the polyline but Is there a way to extract the ...
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Is there a way to syncronize the current view extent in QGIS with Google Earth?

I already have the openlayers plugin but it's not working has I need it and I wanted to have the same view on both QGIS and Google Earth. Any ideas? Update: I'm using the openlayers plugin which ...
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regionating vector data for use in Google Earth

Does anybody know of free/open source tools to regionate vector (kml) data, like the regionate tool in Google Earth Pro (see http://support.google.com/earth/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=175007)? I ...
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GeoTIFF file creation from .Tiff file

im not sure if this question is suitable for GIS I'm working on a software that displays a map, like this ![enter image description here][1] i also have some export functions which exports the the ...
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What datum (reference ellipsoid) does Google Earth use?

What datum (reference ellipsoid) does Google Earth[1] use? I can't seem to find where Google Earth tells explicitly what datum they use. I need some sort of valid link. [1] The default free version ...
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How can I view a KMZ on an iPad?

Greetings everyone! So work is finally catching up to the present and buying my group iPads. My group does extensive field work and currently uses giant laptops to run our GIS software, Google Earth ...
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Can ArcGIS layer be shown on Google Earth?

If we have a table in SQL Server which was used as layer in ArcGIS. Can the same thing be done in Google Earth? I mean does Google Earth support adding custom layers? If so how?
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Any Piri Reis shapefiles?

Incredible claims have been made about a map named after its creator (Piri Reis). I was looking into digitizing the map and overlaying it with a modern map of the world, specifically the east coast ...
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How do I export a 3GB ArcGIS Raster to KML w/o losing resolution?

I have a 3GB raster layer, and I'd like to export it to KML for use with Google Earth. When I use the "Layer to KML" conversion tool in ArcMap, I end up with a low-resolution overlay: looks like one ...
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Subsurface data in Google Earth

Are there any known hacks to get subsurface data into Google Earth? Sub-ocean-surface works with the release of Google Ocean, but you cannot go below the sea floor. The other major limitations of ...
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Best source for high-resolution satellite images free/low-cost?

I am doing a household survey in Kenya, and I need to ensure that my survey team visits every house within a given area. I've been going to google maps and right-clicking on roofs to get coordinates ...
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Why can't I “turn on” a map view in Google Earth?

Why can't I toggle between map view and satellite imagery in Google Earth as I can in Google Maps? Is there an easy way to add Map View to Google Earth?
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Where can I find information concerning rivers?

I'm looking for information I can visualize in Google Earth concerning rivers, such as rapids, put-in points, take-out points, campsites, etc. Any idea how I can look for this kind of information?
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What are alternatives to ArcGIS for Desktop and Google Earth for these requirements?

I currently have a python script that will take in data and output it as a KMZ file, which I then open in Google Earth on my desktop. The data has two views; a 3D polygon tower (clustered data) and ...
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Google earth Borders on Google maps

Google earth comes with a variety of borders, for example: International Borders 1st Level Admin Borders 2nd Level Admin Regions I was wondering if it is possible to render these borders on Google ...
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Labels aren't showing up when I convert from .mxd to .kml

I've been trying to convert a map from .mxd to .kml for google earth. The map has municipalities labeled as well as train stations. When I save it and open it in Google Earth, only the train station ...
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How can I make my data efficient and “light” to do 3D Visualizations in Google Earth?

As a test run, I'd like to visualize population on census blocks for a few states (New England for example). I assume that the kml to do this will be huge, when you factor in the census boundaries and ...
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WMS + Google Earth + tilted view = alignment failure?

I'm working on a custom web-based application that generates spatial data and that includes a web-based map viewer. We have a custom servlet that handles WMS requests (not a complete WMS ...
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Is there a way to load a kml raster super-overlay in QGIS?

I have created a set of tiled rasters as a super-overlay in Google Earth, and it performs remarkably well. Is there some way to load a super-overlay as a layer in QGIS? I am wondering if this could be ...
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Can a Fusion Tables Heatmap be used in Google Earth?

From the Fusion Tables web interface there's an option to view a heatmap, which draws on top of Google Maps. From the Fusion Tables map view there's an option to Export To KML, which allows the ...
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Changing projection in KML from Google Earth to Maps

I have created a bunch of map tiles for Google Maps mistakenly using the Google Earth projection. Is there a tool available to batch warp the KML files to the correct projection or will I need to ...
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ArcGIS 10 Time series to kml

Hey all I am having trouble with the KML export. My time series will not work properly in google earth, it has time start in 0001 when it should start in the year 2001. My incidents time is coded ...
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Create a ground overlay kml from georeferenced raster

I have a world georeferenced raster (5m resolution, ~4000 x 4000 pixels) that I would like to display in google earth. I am looking for a simple and effective way to generate this kml file. Using ...
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How can I secure my REST endpoint using a custom database and Basic Auth

I need to provide Google Earth users access to my REST endpoints. Currently there is a database that has the users and pwds as well as there roles. Roles determine what data in the website they can ...
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Exporting all attributes from a GPX file

I have a GPX file that i have imported into Google Earth, it looks like this. When I try and use the GPX to features tool in ArcGIS, it does not export out all the attributes.. It seems that GE ...
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csv to kml converter

Does anyone know a workable and stable program which converts csv extension files to kml? There are many tools available online but none of them worked for me. I tried many including kmlcsv ...
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Live KML from PostGIS to Google Earth

I was wondering if anyone knew a way to bring data from a postGIS database into Google earth to view live. I know of the asKml function in PostGIS, but I'm interested to know if anyone had managed ...
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drawing boundaries in google earth

I want to trace administrative borders as a layer in Google Earth. The problem is that although I know how to draw and save a polygon,I don't know how to draw contiguous shapes using the polygon tool. ...
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How to dynamically update a KML layer in OpenLayers 2.10?

Arguably, this is a easy question for you guys GIS expert. Here is the question, how to outsource a dynamic KML file using JavaScript in OpenLayers. I want to refresh every 7 seconds. Below are ...
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Can someone clear up a lat/long issue? with google maps/arcmap

I know a bit about lat/long, projected and geographic coordinate systems etc, and a bit about geodesy and datums, but I would like someone well informed to help me out. I have a lat-long in ...
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Is there a way to make Google Earth only display the outline of continents?

I want to do a visualization in Google Earth and I don't want to see all the different colours of the satellite images. Instead I'd like just the outline of the continents/coastlines, maybe a colour ...
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Changing the coordinate system of a qgis layer to the projection of Google Earth

I want to know how to change coordinate value of a vector layer (13293061,-572595) to 119.413,-5.13677 (vector data & Google Earth do not match). If I output my data using Google Earth as ...
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Google Earth alternate tile set

I have a Google Maps compatible tileset running on a local server and I can browse this in a browser with the Google Maps API and OpenLayers. Can I force Google Earth to use this tileset so I can ...