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How to make beautiful maps in R?

There are quite some nice possibilities to analyse spatial data in R and in the context of my current project I would like to use R more frequently to do that. Until now I plot my maps with ggplot2 ...
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Google Maps zoom level --> ratio…?

Can anyone provide me with a link (or some details) on the actual ratio to "zoom level" figures for Google Maps? e.g. Google Maps Level 13 = 1:20000
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Are North Arrows Pointless?

A recent post on Cartastrophe refers to a "Worldwide Campaign to Eliminate Needless North Arrows." So when, if ever, are North arrows necessary? As an interesting aside the concept of North being ...
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How do I safely store paper/hardcopy maps?

What do I need to consider when deciding how to preserve paper maps safely from the ravages of time? I am trying to understand some best practices when it comes to archiving and storing paper maps. ...
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How do I organize my GIS projects?

I have been struggling for quite a long time now with keeping my project files organized. What are your tips for keeping your datasets, images, shapefiles, etc.. organized?
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Which world map projection allows comparing countries by shape and size?

The Mercator projection increases scale along with the latitude. Greenland seems larger than Australia, when in fact it is much smaller. The equal-area projections however stretch shapes away from the ...
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Free download of Soviet topographic maps (also known as Genshtab maps)

In the past, http://poehali.org/maps/ offered a free-of-charge download of Soviet military topographic maps of many areas in the world. Those maps are in the public domain. Now, this site redirects to ...
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How to implement a “Snap to Road”-functionality? [duplicate]

I am having a problem with a little application I'm trying to develop. What I do is take a phone with me and drive around the city on a bike. I collect all the Latitude/Longitude-pairs and at home I ...
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Where can I find historic maps of city size?

I'm interested in examining basic dimensions of city size, primarily area (though population would also be of interest) from the earliest possible records. It does not matter where the city is in the ...
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Is there a name for a situation when the place is clearly or unclearly named?

This is not specific to any system. Suppose there's a large red rock on a terrain which can be easily found and clearly seen and there's an artificial object such as a mall near that large red rock. ...
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Clipping a raster in R

I am building a map for the northeastern U.S.A. The map background needs to be either an altitude map or a mean annual temperature map. I have two rasters from Worldclim.org which give me these ...
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iPad mapping application with custom maps

I'd like to load custom maps onto my iPad and use them offline with the GPS for navigation. These are maps I can prepare in any format and projection. Is there an application that can take, for ...
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Can I use Google Maps as a layer in Arcmap?

Is it possible?
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What is the effective and legal way to get map tiles for the size of 2 or 3 states?

I would like to get map tiles possibly from Open Street Map (yes I am aware about tile usage policy and would not like to breach that) or other source for the purpose to serve it as offline maps to ...
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How can I render latitude-longitude coordinates on a map with D3?

I am trying to overlay dots of arbitrary sets of longitude-latitude coordinates on top of a United States map. So far I have found the D3 cartography example, but when I try to place dots on X,Y ...
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What map source/API/tools are recommended to create Web GIS/Mapping application utilising Microsoft technologies?

I'm researching about technologies (around Microsoft tech) to create mapping application and would like to have advice/suggestions. Brief requirement to build mapping application with Microsoft ...
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PostGIS ST_Distance vs. pgRouting

I am looking to create a city directory web app, and the site will need to be able to calculate distances between two geospatial points (like the distance between the user and a restaurant, or the ...
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Are the Canadian National Topographic System (NTS) maps available freely online?

I'd really like a seamless service of the Canadian topo maps, similar to ArcGIS Online USA Topographic Maps, http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=4ee3622f0bfd41eea55ffa83aaf31a9f If there is no ...
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Simulating Random Agent Movements along Roads on Map

I need to simulate agent movements on map as follows: Agent starts a known location and moves along a road. At each road intersection, the agent uniformly chooses one possible road and moves along ...
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How many GIS projects deal with just basic “putting markers on a map”?

Is there an academic paper or conference contribution, where someone estimated how many GIS projects actually deal with only a very basic usage of GIS data? Something equivalent to the infamous "80% ...
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Google maps android vector rendering : how do they make it that fast?

Most of the question is in the title. If you are on android (I believe its the same on IOS) and use maps you will notice the quality of the maps app and how the vector maps are drawn in a very fluid ...
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Require a 3rd Party GIS service to embed in my application

I am looking for a service (Free or Premium) that allows offline access to maps and also gives the functionality to search map using an address or Latitude / Longitude. I want to embed it into a Web ...
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LeafletJS: Load Tile Layer based on bounding box

I have a LeafletJS map application with lots of layers. I have a few layers that only have imagery for certain regions across the world. Because everything goes on a world base map. All tile caches ...
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How to print from arcpad without buying more ESRi sofware?

I am running ArcPad 10 in windows 7 on a laptop and on a field unit consisting of an Ashtech MobileMapper 10 as a PDA talking to an SXBlue GPS. This system provides the real time half meter (without ...
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How to highlight the area in google map on mouse hover

I want to implement a feature in my app (gmap powered) to highlight the area on mouse over. Much like the functionality in wikimapia. Check out the pic or url But i could't find any info on how ...
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How to solve loading performance issues when handling multiple KMLs?

I am using over 10 KML in Google Maps. When I increase the number of KMLs they load too late. I use checkboxes to hide/show KML layers. With up to 5 KML layers, it worked fine. When I increase the ...
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Interactive maps for a survey - Are there any tools yet?

i am working on a draft for an online-based survey. I would like to enable the participants of the survey to draw polygons, lines and points (several) on a basemap (e.g. google maps) and (extra ...
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Does Oracle MapViewer support PostGIS?

I use Oracle MapViewer to generate my mapping data and currently I'm using an Oracle database as my spatial back-end. I would like to move my data over the PostGIS but I can't find any references if ...
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Transit webapp development (journey planner)

I am going to develop a journey planner (like Google transit), i was just wondering that if there any opensource API available that can help me, or i have to do every thing on my own. And where can i ...
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HTML5 maps with dynamic data instead of Flash

I was wanting to create maps on our site similar to http://globaledge.msu.edu/Countries/Rankings except that we want the maps to be HTML/HTML5 instead of Flash. (The above site is the site that I'm ...
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esri google maps api - Create a single GPolyline from an array of features

I'm using the esri google maps extension api... I have a esri.arcgis.gmaps.FeatureSet() (of type esriPolyline) containing an array of features (esri.arcgis.gmaps.Feature()). Is there a simple way ...
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Customizing opentripplanner webapp

I am using opentripplanner for an app development. I want to customize the webapp. It has many different maplayers (its using openlayers). I want to change some mapslayers, but i couldn't find in ...
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making choropleth maps using PostGIS Windows

i read an article on chicago tribune blog about making maps, it consist on "making choropleth maps using PostGIS, TileMill, Mapnik and Google Maps" on Mac environnement, my question is how we can ...
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Coloring of features in ArcMap 10.1 changes randomly while zooming

I am using the sovereign states shapefile (ne_110m_admin_0_countries.zip) from http://www.naturalearthdata.com/ and joined the attributes with a spreadsheet file that codes many (but not all) country ...
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R with ggplot2/ggmap - How to load a png image as a map

I am trying to find a workaround for ggmap's missing support of world maps (i.e. you can't create any maps that show latitudes > 80°, due to idiosyncrasies in the mapproj package). To a limited extend ...
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How do I create a custom map with subtle details for a localized place?

I've worked with google maps for android previously. But, now I need to build custom maps for a place such as a home, showing bedrooms, kitchen and living room, or a factory, displaying all the ...
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How to make a visual realistic map containing mountain hiking trails/tracks?

I would like to try making a map that visually reproduces a mountain/hill and contains hiking trails, just like this one: http://i.stack.imgur.com/PdcnM.jpg I imagine some steps like this: Generate ...
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Website, tool or app to produce colored map of the United States?

Does anyone know of a website, Windows program or iOS app that has a clickable map of the United States and colors in the states that are clicked on? Looking to produce a map of states I have visited ...
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Polymaps Project + Geojson + D3

How are you doing ? I am Mehul Nahar working on a project which is similar to http://www.tableausoftware.com/learning/examples/gpa-analysis. I have used Polymaps platform, where I have used cloudmade ...
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Adding a Second Map in QGIS Composer

I am working with QGIS Composer 2.0 and I would like to add a second map. What I would like to do is to have a main map that takes up the majority of the print area. This map, Main Map, will have ...
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Google maps, download entire province/region from google maps

Is there a way to download a region from Google maps to a PDF or JPEG file? I would like to download as many zoom levels as possible so I can zoom in and out without being online. I need this for ...
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leaflet show miles/kilometers

Googlemaps shows you how large an area is on a map by showing a small bar with the number of miles/kilometers at the bottem left. Does leaflet also support this somehow? I do not see it listed in ...
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Android Application with offline maps

I need a library/framework that i can use to store a custom map(as tiles) locally on android and show it as a map . I would like to get a real-time position of an object(Point data - it's within a ...
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Is there a geo-fence map of Apple's or Google's reverse geocoding?

Is there a map that shows how lat/long maps to locality/county/sublocality/subadmin and possibly covered area?
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I want to create my own topographic map

I need to create topographic maps for scales between 1:100,000 and 1:500,000. This is due to the fact that the official topographic maps in my country are offered in 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, 100k and 500k. ...
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How to design markers - raster or vector?

I have several layers that are point geometries. I am defining them custom markers symbols and such symbols have colors (red, yellow and green) to represent values. Since there are several of them in ...
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OpenLayers: add a listener to a single polygon

I want to add a listener to a single polygon. Currently, I am trying to add one that makes a polygon opaque when you click on it, but I should be able to add any general listener. OpenLayers.Layer has ...
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Google Maps/Google Earth - KML Overlays and Custom Orientation

I am am trying to get the floor plans for our various buildings imported into 4 separate KML files, one for each floor level so that I can toggle them with javascript. I'm able to overlay our floor ...
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What is wrong with this Proj4 transformation?

I'm implementing support for WMS maps in my company's software. Servers return a list of projections their maps are available in, but our software only displays data in WGS84 (lat/lon or UTM), and ...
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Google Maps JS API v3 - Polygon formation

So my big question here is how does the Google Maps API determine the "inner" versus the "outer" for a filled polygon? Playing around with the polygon creator @ http://www.the-di-lab.com/polygon/ ...