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How to Start Web Mapping?

I want to start working on a web map at work to map some of our statistics by city. I have an idea, but I'm not exactly sure where to start. Are there any definitive resources that provide step ...
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What books, journals, and electronic resources are most valuable for expanding knowledge of GIS? [closed]

What books, journals, and/or electronic resources have you found most valuable for expanding your knowledge in the GI field? To which of them you come back most often? One item per post please, and ...
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Getting started with PostGIS?

I have been reading a lot about PostGIS, but I am struggling to find a good beginner's guide. Which tutorials/books do you recommend?
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How do I explain what GIS is for the 11 year old kid?

Well, since it was one of the highest rated proposed questions, hasn't been asked yet, and I would love to know the answer, I thought I'd ask it. How do I explain what GIS is for the 11 year old kid? ...
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Where to find QGIS tutorials and web resources?

I wish to familiarize myself with the capabilities of QGIS. I have downloaded the program, but apart from basic loading of data, I am lost (even after reading the help file). Can you recommend me ...
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Resources for learning Python programming with generic GIS goals in mind?

In your opinion, what is the best book/site to learn Python with GIS goals in mind? By "best", I mean: not very long (book) easy to understand (book/site) good practical examples (book/site) For ...
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Free GIS workshops, tutorials, and applied learning material

Note 1: Please enter answers separately or feel free to edit this post directly Note 2: Please report on any broken links so they can be removed This thread lists free as in $0 workshops in GIS and ...
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What are some resources for learning ArcPy?

I would like to learn ArcPy, but I do not know quite where to begin. Does anyone have any good advice on where I should start to learn ArcPy?
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How to migrate from ArcGIS for Desktop to QGIS? [closed]

Our lab has about 10 projects in ArcGIS 9 (a couple are made in ArcGIS 10) that includes the following in each: A georeferenced (WGS1984 geographical projection) raster seafloor image, representing ...
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Learning to think spatially rather than just follow point and click tutorials

The college I work for is considering revamping their intro to GIS course. Traditionally, they've used the ESRI suite but are now open to using other options. There are two factors responsible for the ...
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Great GIS, maps & cartography quotes [closed]

Programmers' list has been a pleasure to read. Stats' list is growing fast as well. So perhaps there is a place for separate one on this site? Please share your nuggets of wisdom / humour / ...
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News resources for GIS community?

I currently rely on a mixture of mailing lists, twitter and a couple of blogs. What do you use for your GIS media intake, and why?
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Is there GIS Video “that Mom can understand”?

Working as a professional within the GIS discipline, I often find it challenging to describe to people what GIS is (in a face to face conversation). Telling them that GIS stands for Geographic ...
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Styling road maps with QGIS?

I am trying to design a beautiful map using QGIS. As I'm a software developer not a designer, I was hoping that this will be easy, but it isn't! There is a similar question here Where to find QGIS ...
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How do I develop my GIS programming skills?

I would like to develop my GIS programming skills, where do I start? People say learn C++ or Python but where can I learn this in a geographic context? Tutorials or anything would be very helpful, as ...
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Learning resources for GDAL?

I'm becoming a real fan of using GDAL tools in a bash terminal. However, I quite often get stuck trying to solve particular problems, or getting syntaxes right. Apart from the details provided in the ...
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Skill requirements and resources to run a private GIS consultancy/ GIS service providing firm?

I'm planning to make a private GIS service providing firm in the coming years. I just wanted to know what skills and resources are required to set up such a firm? I'm aware that the software, hardware ...
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What is Change Detection and how I can perform such analysis with open source tools?

From wikipedia page: Change detection for GIS (geographical information systems) is a process that measures how the attributes of a particular area have changed between two or more time periods. ...
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Spatial reference for dummies?

Can anyone recommend a good reference or tutorial that explains the principles of spatial references, projections, and coordinate systems? We are a small team of programmers working with GIS ...
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Python literature relevant to QGIS

Python for ArcGIS is a book that I have been looking at. Does anyone know if this would be applicable in QGIS? I am not looking to write application/plugins, simply get better at understanding ...
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Getting started with ArcObjects?

What is the best route or place to get started with ArcObjects if one is not a developer and not aiming to become a developer? I've been using gis professionally for a long time, almost two decades, ...
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Good conferences for Spatial/GIS developers

What are good conferences for GIS and spatial developers to attend. For ESRI desktop users I think the User Conference is a must attend but if you are an ESRI developer I think the ESRI developer ...
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Spatial databases learning resources for newbies

Would be taking up a course on spatial databases next semester. Would anybody know a newbie friendly introductory resource? A vendor neutral one would be preferable. Thanks.
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What should QGIS course for advanced ArcGIS Desktop users cover?

I will build a 16 hour (2 day) course on QGIS for ArcGIS users. The target users that breathe and sleep ArcGIS. As we're trying to reduce our costs, we're thinking of switching some people to QGIS and ...
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Looking for an “introduction to photogrammetry” book with a well documented chapter on UAV

I would like to recommend a book for my students to learn the basis of photogrammetry. I've read "Introduction to modern photogrammetry", 2001, from Mikhaïl, Bethel and McGlone. Unfortunately, the ...
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Which topics are essential for a crash course in QGIS?

What topics do you think are essential in a 25-hour "crash course" introduction for Quantum GIS? What topics do you think are nice extras to be included in such a course? Target audience: Zero or ...
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GIS/Geospatial Podcast

I wanted to know if there are any free available to download informative GIS/Geospatial audio or video podcast other than ESRI Instructional Series Podcasts and Speaker Series Podcasts in the market. ...
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Are FOSS4G conference presentations available online?

I'm wondering if anyone has knows of links to a website(s) where previous FOSS4G conference presentations are available online. I would like to: watch recorded video presentations, listen to audio ...
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Idiots guide to expressions for QGIS

I have no formal training in GIS and have learned on the fly with ArcGIS 9.3 at work and have been dabbling with QGIS on my own time for my business. Is there any resource recommendations ingeneral ...
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What is the single most influential book every GIS professional should read? [closed]

If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book/text/guide/tutorial at the beginning of your career as a gis-developer, which book would it be? I expect this list to be varied ...
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What resources can you suggest for making beautiful online Maps or Mapping applications?

As a GIS developer, my design skills are rather limited. Are there any links, books or resources, that you would suggest to make my online maps more pleasing and beautiful?
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Distributed & Cloud GIS Resources

Are there any definitive research papers, web resources, or (text)books on distributed GIS? Topics I'm interested in are: Parallelism of sequential spatial algorithms Frameworks for implementing GIS ...
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Official term for latitude longitude coordinate system?

May I know what is the correct specific term for latitude longitude coordinate system? With "Geographic Coordinate", it seems to be a general term for every other system?
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Industry-based examples of using ArcPy in Python for Geoprocessing?

I was asked recently by some students what types of operations GIS Analyst/Developer are usually trying to automate by using Python with geoprocessing in ArcGIS and ArcPy site package. I guess it ...
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Tutorial for OpenLayers?

I need to create a web map showing many raster layers. I am using mapserver and want to use Openlayers, however I can't find any good tutorial about it. I see a couple of old questions (1 and 2) ...
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Define the “system” in Geographic Information System

When speaking or writing about GIS all too often the concept in peoples' minds for Geographic Information Systems can be rephrased as "the software for map data". While software is integral to GIS, ...
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Define “geospatial data” for a non-GIS professional

I realize this is a sort of a subjective question, but I've seen other subjective questions on the site, so I thought it I'd put it out there. A colleague recently had a request for "geospatial data" ...
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GIS for Telecommunication

I previously asked this question in mapinfo-L (google groups). Since, I think that GIS & Telecommunication is broad subject, I think GIS SE is the correct platform to ask these questions: What ...
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Free / Open source GIS Education sources

I'm looking for free / open source GIS education sources for advanced GIS users. Specifically sources that cover programming, spatial analysis, modeling, spatial databases / data management. I use ...
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Is it common to save geographic coordinates in minutes instead of degrees?

Are there any communities or fields where it is common to save geographic coordinates in minutes instead of degrees? (I just received a batch of addresses referenced that way and it made me wonder.) ...
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Reprojection - Learning the ins and outs

I would like to expand my knowledge coordinate systems, projections and reprojecting data, with a view of writing a reprojection engine. Could you provide me with some resources (books, websites, ...
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Instructor led Web mapping development courses? [on hold]

I have been messing around with programing for a while now and have gotten proficient with Python and have some interest in HTML 5 and Javascript. I have recently received a request for an IRD ...
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Another Student in Need of Career Advice

I would like to apologize in advance for asking yet another "what should I do with my life" type of question. I am currently a senior who is very close to finishing up my B.S. in Information Systems. ...
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List of GIS Challenges, Competitions or Puzzles [closed]

In software development there are tons of various challenges or competitions, just take a look at stackoverflow. Also, there are challenges with huge prizes involved, such as for netflix competition ...
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Which pgrouting workshop or tutorial is most current?

Please recommend pgrouting tutorials or workshops that are most current. I ask because I just read a post that claims a tutorial is deprecated. (see osm2po vs osm2pgrouting: workshop post) I am ...
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Tutorials for UML/GML

Do you know any good tutorials or any resources for learning from the beginning UML and GML ? I am asking because (later) i would like to learn how to make a application schemas in context of ...
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Roadmap to creating a GIS? [closed]

Got asked that today in a job interview, I replied with the usual : Gather Data : what data do we want, do we possess it ? If not how to do we acquire it, etc. Database : after we have successfully ...
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The arctic circle moves?

I heard today that the Arctic Circle, along with it's siblings the Antarctic Circle and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, are different from year to year. Is that true? Can you please explain ...
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Book for learning ArcGIS Desktop functionality?

I was wondering what book(s) is/are available for learning ArcGIS Desktop functionality. I would like to use one in conjunction with books on the theory of GIS since even though I can understand the ...
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Where should I start advanced GIS learning

I am relatively familiar with most of the GIS stuff. I develop GIS applications as well with open source offerings. Still I find some lapses in my theoretical knowledge in GIS. What resources can you ...