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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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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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What are Raster and Vector data in GIS and when to use?

What are raster and vector data in the GIS context? In general terms what applications, processes, or analysis are each suited for? (And not suited for!) In answering someone's question today, I ...
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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 to interpret GRASS v.kernel results?

GRASS manual reads: v.kernel - Generates a raster density map from vector points data using a moving 2D isotropic Gaussian kernel ... Ok, but how do I interpret the results? I understand that ...
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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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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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Best example of a GIS project gone wrong

I would like to know some examples of GIS projects that have gone wrong. i.e. Bad decisions would/were made, based upon the GIS output from that project. I am not looking at naming and shaming ...
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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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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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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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Sites with recreational shapefiles for United States?

Do you know of any sites that I could find some recreational shapefiles? An example would be shapefiles of golf courses, ski resorts, or maybe baseball fields in the United States?
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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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Need to learn more about Precision and Accuracy

I am currently taking Introduction to Image Interpretation online and there is a section in it that talks about Precision and Accuracy. I wanted to know if someone out there has any good information ...
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Which topics are fundamental to ArcGIS for Desktop?

Similar to Which topics are essential for a crash course in QGIS?, which topics are fundamental to ArcGIS for Desktop? Basic through advanced topics are welcome. Should be freely accessible to all. ...
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Does google maps use elevation to calculate travel distance?

For example, lets say I have two parallel roads with starting point and ending point 1 mile apart. The left hand road is as flat and straight as an arrow. The right hand road is also ...
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How to learn ArcGIS Server? [closed]

I have SQL Server, ArcGIS Server Standard Enterprise 10.0 - and I am new to both. How can I learn to use it. I want to learn ArcSDE but i am unable to understand it. Is ArcSDE available with ArcGIS ...