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Open Source Map Composing Tool

Are there any open source tools which can be used for map composing, preferably GUI based. I use Quantum GIS sparingly but I am interested to know if there are others. The tool must be able to read ...
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Free Alternative to AutoCAD Map

I would like to know if there are any free (for commercial use) software packages that roughly correlate to the functionality in AutoCAD Map. Specifically, I am looking for something that is: ...
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Remove Duplicate Polygons Using Open Source Tools

I have a shapefile containing features with duplicate geometries, but different attributes (e.g. a polygon with attribute XX, and an identical polygon with attribute XY). I want to identify the ...
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Post Processing GPS Data with open source software

I am using Magellan Professional Mapper CX working on ArcPad 7.1 platform. It has sub-meter accuracy after post processing. Without post processing the data collected in the field is off by 10 to 15 ...
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What is a good Javascript web API (preferably open) for building web maps that require little/no maintenance?

I have recently volunteered to make a web map for a local non-profit. The map will be pretty basic. It needs to display Lane county, Oregon split into multiple districts, with a "central office" ...
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free GIS software that can orthorectify?

Would someone care to recommend a free and/or open source GIS application that can orthorectify map images?
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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 there a Python Lib for requesting WMS/WFS and saving as image/PDF?

i am wondering whether there's Python open-source GIS lib which has APIs to support call WMS/WFS from another GIS server (e.g., GeoServer) and then save the response data(WMS Basemap and WFS layer) as ...
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automating roof orientation detection from satellite imagery

A while ago I did a neighbourhood roof orientation survey for solar panel deployment, by visually checking each roof and marking individually whether they were south or almost south-facing. As this ...
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Which GIS support DXF and/or DWG?

Which GIS support DXF and/or DWG (preferably read&write)? Update: Are there any open source GIS supporting these or similar CAD files? Support of CAD files generally seems to be problematic. ...
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Best open source operating system for open source GIS?

I'm wanting to get into open source GIS, and it looks like PostGIS on Postgres is a good DBMS to go with, and there are plenty of posts on desktop editors. What I haven't come across (and forgive me ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of latitude and longitude values for cities around the world?

I'm developing an application that calculates the distance between cities using their respective Longitude and Latitude values. But the problem is where to get a comprehensive list of latitude and ...
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Can ESRI Personal Geodatabase be viewed with any software other than ArcGIS?

Is it possible to open a PGDB file in software other than ArcGIS? i.e are there any opensource software available just for viewing the data?
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Open source Cloud GIS

I'm looking for an open source cloud GIS solution. Current situation: Up to 100gb of data stored in file geodatabases that is updated daily. Data is used to create maps as well as geoprocessing ...
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Land Cover Feature Extraction from Satellite Imagery

I'm interested in a low-cost or open source solution for creating land cover GIS layers that utilize both spectral and textural extraction algorithms. I have used PCI Geomatica, ENVI, and Feature ...
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Suggestions for simple mapping platform for alumni web site

I'm working on a proof of concept alumni site with a WordPress backend. I want to have a very simple map that shows where alumni are living. I'm thinking something like the Bing API or a simple open ...
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Polygons from Polylines in either ArcView or FOSS

I have 20,000 polylines in a .gdb that represent about 5,000 building footprints. Some of the building footprints have pretty substantial gaps (image below). I would like to snap the polylines closed ...
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How do dissolve polygons from shapefile using open source tools?

In my current project I'm visualizing data on a map representing some values for each administrative areas of a country. I'm given a shapefile of this country, which I'm converting to GeoJSON for use ...
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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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Have there been any geospatial applications run in OpenStack by non-governmental entities?

This whitepaper about NASA's Nebula project, describes how cloud computing was used by NASA's Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center to identify damage scars left by tornadoes. Since ...
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Metadata -auto build using python

We have a large (10,000 plus) repository of spatial data (shp/gdb/tab vectors and ecw/tif rasters and also las, xyz and DEM data) where some have metadata records in xml using anzlic metadata editor. ...
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Need a Benchmark GPS Trajectory data-set? Anyone?

I'm looking for a benchmark GPS data set, available for research purposes for free. I've found GeoLife GPS Trajectories dataset from Microsoft Research but I find it a little incomplete. What I need ...
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Alternatives to Shapefiles as open-source, cross platform dataset types

I am working on software that is very ESRI oriented, but a future version will likely not be using ESRI software. It uses Shapefiles and Geodatabases. I'm planning on getting all of my data to ...
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Where can I get neighborhood boundaries?

Besides Zillow's creative-commons licensed neighborhood boundaries shapefiles, what sources of neighborhood boundaries are there? Not just in the US, but all over the world. Free/open source is ...
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Open source CAD software

Does anyone know open source CAD software (like edit, update cad files and attach external information, create topology etc.) Researching on internet also (Going through Kosmo Desktop,DraftSight ...
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Are there any open source tools to detect and fill sinks on a DEM?

Are there any open source or inexpensive tools to detect and fill sinks on a DEM? ESRI Spatial Analyst is just out of my price range.
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Looking for a Metadata Editor

Looking for a free open source metadata editor for the development of an enterprise database. It will mostly be used for documenting shapefiles and GeoTIFFs. Hoping that it will be an intuitive ...
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Open source GIS tool for mapping health data

Im looking for an open source desktop gis tool that can be used for visualization and exploratory analysis. I want it to be interactive and perhaps display two or more maps at the same time to allow ...
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Options for a historic Web Map?

EDIT: I'm an intern at a small local history museum. We have a budget of $0. Project overview: I've got a bunch of old paper maps. When I say old, I mean 1800s and up. They've been scanned into ...
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How do I generate a large number of maps?

I have to make a large number (hundreds) of distribution maps of species. I have a shapefile that contain the distributions for each species, and for each one, I would like to get a map as an image ...
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Looking for a tool for Orthorectification of Archived Air Photos

I was wondering if anyone knows of an open source, perferabily something for QGIS and not GRASS, that can be used for orthorectifying scanned archived air photos. I have looked at OSSIM and a few ...
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Most suitable open source GIS platform

I'm looking for an open source GIS server or desktop package that supports as many file formats as possible, is fast, runs on Linux or Mac and can be controlled via an API. Planning to do very basic ...
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Is there any safe fme alternatives?

Just wondering if there is any open source solution which comes close to safe FME? I would like to integrate it into my workflow, but it´s just another few thousand which my employer has to give out ...
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Is there a good library for WMS “Tile Servers”?

I am looking for WMS Tile Servers that I can consume with "OpenLayers". One: Are there any good library / resources online that collate WMS tile servers or where is a good place to start looking? ...
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Get all vertices of a polygon using OGR and Python

I'm having a little trouble with the Python OGR API. What I am trying to do is get all the coordinates of each vertex of the outer ring of a polygon. This is what I have so far: import osgeo.ogr ...
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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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Open source tools for creating and publishing animated web maps?

I am interested in creating animations from observations or model predictions and then displaying these animations in a web-based viewer such as OpenLayers. The best example I have found of this ...
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What free or open source cloud-based software is recommended by/for the GIS community?

Note: This question is intended to complement an earlier question on installed, desktop software. What GIS-related, or even non-GIS-specific, web- or cloud-based software/tools/services -- that are ...
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How do I serve data in a sqlite database on a shared web host, like GoDaddy, onto a GIS web map?

I am new to the web mapping arena. I currently am managing a website and would like to add a mapping portion to it, mostly for some simple viewing and querying of a small number of layers. For ...
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GIS - related magazines, monthly papers? [duplicate]

I was wondering if you can recommend some magazines or basically any other GIS-related papers (printed or digital) which are released on a monthly basis (or every 2-3 months); I am practically ...
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Create DEM from stereo pairs?

Can ArcGIS Desktop (or any of its native extensions) allow me to create DEMs from stereo pairs (acquired by satellite, Geoeye 1)? If the answer is a clear no, brownie points will go to an answer that ...
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Looking for a fast, open-source raster cost-distance function to use in code

I've been scouring the internet for a fast, open-source cost-distance function that I can embed inside my code. The functionality should basically work like the ArcGIS implementation where I can ...
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Are there any open source mapping APIs/toolkits for drawing axes,labels,graticules etc?

I tried to post a more generic question to meta, but it's my first question, so I didn't have a reputation yet. The first question I have is whether this is an appropriate place to ask questions ...
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What options are available for free Web Processing Service (WPS) client?

A number of products seem to be implementing the server side of the OGC Web Processing Service (WPS 1.0.0) and these are listed here. However, for the client side there are fewer options. Has ...
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Where to find and share Python geoprocessing scripts? [duplicate]

Where are folks storing and sharing their Python geoprocessing scripts? For example, I know that GitHub has some shared scripts. ESRI is phasing-out ArcScripts, which is still really handy, and ...
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Are Zonal Statistics possible in PostGIS2?

Now with postgis2 which supports rasters by default is it possible to do a zonal statistics analysis? I've google it but I haven't found anything solid? Is there a tutorial outthere to get me ...
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Reverse Geocoding Libraries

I'm new to GIS and mapping services. Can anyone tell me what my options are for reverse-geocoding libraries, other than nominatim? I'm most likely going to be working with OpenStreetMap data. So ...
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Looking for open source software similiar to ESRI City Engine

I am looking for open source software similar to ESRI City Engine and currently going through open source software directory. Update : About ESRI City Engine (Quick introduction) We want to make ...
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Can ArcMap 9.3 process sqlite files?

I'm using qgis and grass for my work. I've produced a shapefile which is over 100mbs (s a result of some statistical analysis). If i convert it to sqlite format (spatially enabled) the data shrinks ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of hstore data type in postgis?

PostgreSQL has a module named hstore that implement the use of key/value pairs (it's something like the OpenStreetMap model, but in a single table). What are the Pros and Cons of hstore regarding GIS ...