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Which geodatabase type is most appropriate for both open source and ESRI use?

Main Question: Is there a geodatabase type that seamlessly works with both ESRI and open source products? Details: My company currently passes around geodata in various vector and raster file ...
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Why should a user choose to use open source software in their remote sensing research?

If you judge by the amount of the questions regarding FOSS software that are being asked in gis.SE many users seems to prefer FOSS over proprietary software. I've read some articles - more precisely ...
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Watermarking photos using their geotag and create a shapefile

I have geotagged photographs and I would like to place a watermark of the photos location on the front for easy reference as well as creating a shapefile from the coordinates. Does anyone know of any ...
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is my open source web GIS software selection ok?

Which are the best open source tools for building a web gis application having PAN, Zoom, Query/search, Label etc options ?. I have decided to use Postgre sql for database and geoserver as middleware. ...
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Which open source GIS software to use for utility management?

I am looking for open source GIS software which can be used for utility management (like water, gas, electricity, road, etc.). I have done this in ArcMap 10.1 but am now looking for open source GIS ...
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Are database client files platform specific?

I'm just looking for some clarification on a question that came up with me this morning. Are the DLL client files (libeay32.dll, libiconv-2.dll, libintl-8.dll, libpq.dll, and ssleay32.dll) platform ...
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Looking for open source GIS that doesn't use Google Maps or Bing Map map viewers

I am looking for an open source GIS that does not use Google Maps or Bing Maps. Are there any?
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Hypothetical Cost Saving Question: Proprietary v Open Source

I am writing a paper for my GIS MSc and trying to justify a move for the EPA from proprietary GIS software to open source (QGIS). Can anyone hazard an educated guess as to how much ArcGIS would cost ...
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Any GIS program with GPX support and free hand selection tool?

I'm looking for GIS program that has good support for KML/KMZ or GPX route files and also has free hand selection tool. Right now I use 3dem and it would be perfect for my needs if only it had that ...
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How to convince an organization to move towards open source GIS?

After spending the better part of the year on this site I am seeing how big the open source GIS community is. I used to just think it was ESRI and nothing else. That said, how do you begin to nudge or ...
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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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Framework/software for dynamic WPS creation

We have some specific EO data processing facility and are about to provide an access to one using WPS-based interface. The are plenty of solutions for the task. However, it is hard to find one that ...
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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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GPL License - App only uses QGis components as a GIS display

I'm still not clear on QGIS licensing ... I am contracted to write a system that has nothing to do with GIS and GIS analysis, but goes around managing animal tags, and I want to use QGIS to draw on a ...
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Help with Parameters for MCC-LiDAR

I am attempting to use MCC-LiDAR to reclassify points (.las) originally classified using TIFFS. However, I seem to either be misunderstanding what the parameters really mean or where to get the ...
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Seamless, color balanced mosaics of aerial RGB photos with Open Source

I'm looking for an open source tool/workflow (even a command line one) to obtain what it is advertised in programs like http://www.inpho.de/index.php?seite=index_orthovista ...
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Flow modeling and FOSS GIS; lahars and HEC-RAS

What are the options for FOSS flow modeling of dilute debris flows in QGIS or GRASS? Have you, or can you refer me to studies where the authors, tested these models/plugins/functions/etc. for use in ...
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Is it possible to fix a vector layer after I badly georeferenced a map? [duplicate]

Sorry in advance if I missed another question on this topic. I searched for everything I could think of, but I didn't find anything with a solution to my problem. I am quite new to GIS tools and ...
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Open Source solutions for building a Traffic Management System

I am trying to set an Open Source alternative to proprietry ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) The goal is to build a Traffic Management System for a middle size city center. Main requirements ...
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Looking for open source Spatial file server that ArcGIS 10.1 will connect and work with?

I'm looking for an open source spatial file server to house and serve my GIS data. I'm currently using my Ubuntu Server as a ssh file server and have to download the data to the local computer, ...
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constant deviation projecting lat lon to itm(israel tranverse mercator

i use two different ways to project lat lon data taken from google earth to ITM (Israel Transverse Mercator) and export the data to arcmap same ways i try to unproject ITM data and export the data to ...
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Creating noise maps using ArcGIS for Desktop or Open Source Desktop GIS?

In a previous role I helped create Noise Maps for Northern England. The predicted noise levels was done using the IMMI package (which I can recommend) and the cartographic output was done in ArcMap. ...
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Retrieving average building height in urban areas?

I am looking for a way to collect data on the height profile of some cities over time. I don't need to produce a detailed 3D reconstruction of cities, nor do I need to detect and measure individual ...
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Creating Raster with values based on function output

I have a function that calculates a price based on the input slope and distance. I want to write the price to a raster as the rastervalue. How do I do that? OpenSource and ArcMap solutions would work. ...
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QGis and developpement version [closed]

On various forums, when I asked some question, I have got more and more answer like that: "you can do this with the development version of QGis 1.9... but you can't with the current version..." It 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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Transform RGB-Map to CMYK (qgis, opensource tools)

I want to print a map I made with qgis. For the print I need CMYK-colors but the print-composers pdf-output is RGB. How can I convert the RGB-map/-pdf to CMYK?
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Getting started to Web GIS development using JAVA [duplicate]

I am a newbie in GIS web development with java. I am starting to chose the tools(open source) to start with. Can i use degree with eclipse or should i use geomajas instead. thank you
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How to publish a GML file as a Web Feature Service (WFS)?

I am interested in publishing a GML file as a WFS. I don't want to use a database like PostgreSQL. What would be the rough steps I need to do for that? I like to use open source software (geoserver). ...
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What do I need to create 3D model of real terrain?

I'd like to create 3D model of some real terrain (to be exact it's about some real roads and only as much as 80m to 100m of roadside - 40m to 50m of each side). As I don't have access to highly ...
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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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Hydro-Enforced/surface constraint DEM Creation using GRASS/QGIS

I am wondering if there is a way to create a hydro-breakline enforced DEM by means of any open source solution? I am able to create a DEM from Lidar data using GRASS, but would like to enforce some ...
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GRASS Geoprocessing in Python Script

I´m trying to get some GRASS geoprocessig tools running in a python script outside GRASS. I´m able to import grass.script, but I´m not able to get the tools running yet. Does anybody know what I´m ...
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How can I assign road names from OSM to gis linestrings using open source tools?

Starting with a shapefile of linestrings I want to assign street names to these lines if there is a match with a road/street in OpenStreetMap. There are no exact matches as the linestrings have a ...
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Automatic bulk snapping with FOSS

I'm looking for a tool that would be able to automatically snap features closer than a given distance. Is there such a tool/plugin for QGIS/GRASS/OpenJump? Would it be possible to achieve that with ...
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Open source database of world locations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comprehensive list of Latitude and Longitude values of cities round the world i would like to know if is out there any downloadable database of world locations, i know ...
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How to calculate most efficient route passing through all the houses in the world?

I'm new to GIS. I need some help in determining the best or most efficient route, using a flying sleigh, through all the houses in the world. One of my coworkers told me that this site would be the ...
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Open source tool to view DTED and DEM raster-data

I am new to GIS field. Is there any open source GIS tool to view DTED and DEM tiff-files? Update 1 I have some DTED files and DEM files. I want to open and see those files using some open source GIS ...
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Differences in costs of open-source hosted GIS software?

I recently saw a listing of the available GIS products at thegismarketplace.com, which led to a couple of questions. What is the difference between a paid version of GeoServer or MapServer and the ...
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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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Tiling Rasters based on an existing Polygon Shapefile (Vector Grid)

I have a tile index representing the tile scheme used to tile Lidar data. I want to tile imagery rasters using the same tiling scheme. I have not found anyway using open source tools to tile a ...
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Getting SAGA-GIS Python Bindings without compiling from source

I am very new to SAGA-GIS, but I recently developed a workflow using SAGA for processing LiDAR data. Now I need to batch the process using Python. I installed SAGA from the Windows installer and I ...
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Looking for free program, similar to 3D Analyst, to visualize tree stands in 3D

Heyho, I want to make a 3D stand visualization of trees in a specific area. I need something similar in functionality to ArcGIS 3D Analyst, but I don't have a license for that plugin anymore. The ...
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Options for 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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Where can I find a GDAL distribution with DWG support?

I want to use the GDAL utility ogrinfo with dwg files. Where can I find an GDAL distribution with a support for DWG files (read only)? DWG support is moved out of the normal GDAL/OGR source ...
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What are my options for Server side clustering using open source GIS tools?

I need to make a webapp that will show over 40K Points on a map. These points are all across the globe. Using WFS Service and OpenLayers, it is possible to do clustering on small set of points, but ...
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How to add shapefile name as attribute during merge? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add field with filename when merging shapefiles with ogr2ogr? I have more 200 shapefiles with a unique name. I would like to merge all of these together and save ...
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QGIS ->ArcGIS Server configuration possible?

Is it possible to connect a QGIS Desktop 1.8.0 to an ArcGIS Server 10.0 ? and of course publish services on it?. The configuration would be like this Quantum GIS-> ArcGIS Server 10.0 on Amazon EC2+ ...
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Setting transparency in an SLD file for a 4 channel GEOTIFF

I'm struggling to set the a background colour to transparent in an SLD file for a 4-channel GEOTIFF using GeoServer 2.1.4. I think I've set my background colour to transparent alpha layer in a ...
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Create DEM from stereo pairs?

Does 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 ...