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Where do I find the ogr2ogr command for Mac OS X Lion?

I am looking for the equivalent of FWTools for Mac OS X, Lion. Is there anything I can easily install and get that command?
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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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Basic .NET mapping components?

Which .NET mapping components are currently available? Focus is on desktop use and fairly basic mapping of SHP files (thematics etc.), not the more advanced GIS functionality (reprojections, clipping, ...
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GPS Module Without Velocity or Altitude Limitations

I am looking for a GPS module that I can use in a high-altitude project. The problem I have discovered is that GPS manufacturers are required to place a set of restrictions on GPS modules. The ...
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GeoServer WFS Speed

I have set-up a machine running Windows Server 2008, and GeoServer 2.1.3. PostgreSQL 9.1/PostGIS 1.5.3 are running locally on that same machine, which is hosted at a location with a 250 ...
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How to write to shape file in MapGuide

Here the code I have written to a Shape file in MapGuide Open Source (in PHP running on IIS 7.5). The code is actually the modified class MarkupEditor (markupeditor.php) from the General Tracks (Gt) ...
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Looking for web and desktop tools with GML support

I am a graduate student and a novice in GIS field. I have few GML files that contain vector polygon data and I want to see them in a map format. The problem is that I do not have access to ...
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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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Is there an open source Geocoding tool which can be used commercially?

Is there any Geocoding tool which is open source and can be used in commercial application? We tried Google geocoding API's but cannot continue with it because of some licensing limitation. Now ...
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Render a raster with hue values in QGIS

I have a single-band raster (a GeoTIFF) with hue values in the band. I'd like to render it, preferably in QGIS but another open-source GIS would be acceptable as well. The saturation and value should ...
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Open Source Challenge: Automated Mastermap update in Oracle Spatial

I've been set a challenge which is a bit out of my comfort zone. I'm an esri developer trying to break into the open source world. I've been asked to automate the update of some oracle SDO datasets. ...
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batch create DEM from contour maps (open source)

I have around 100 shapefiles of contours (1m interval) that I need to turn into DEMs; Is there a way to batch create these mde from contour lines? Using open source preferably.
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How to cut a shape file?

I want to use a shape file of the Corine Land Cover. This covers all of Europe, but I am only interested in the area of Scandinavia. How can I cut this file using free software (preferably a ...
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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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How to efficiently project datasets of varying coordinate systems into one coordinate system?

I am working on streamlining data processing at my organization. Currently we are using various large-scale Models that we will gradually bring into Python. The gist of our data processing is as ...
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free webgis environment solution? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Steps to Start Web Mapping soon I will be trusted to develop a webgis system. This project will take an advantage of a currently developed business system. The business ...
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Developer-friendly Embedded systems GIS library?

Having seen the answer to the smallest GIS library for embedded devices, I'm asking a related question. I want to do simple point-in-polygon and other spatial relationship tests against a shapefile. ...
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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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Dissolve or unsplit lines on common attributes in QGIS or other OSS

I have a road centerline Shapefile that has roads split at every intersection, however I'd like to join LINESTRINGs that have a common set of attributes into a single LINESTRING. So long as the name, ...
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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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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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Python module to delete SHP features (without Desktop GIS installed)

I have a piece of software (not Arc) that runs nightly on a non-production machine which updates shapefile features from an external database. Periodically I would like to delete all of the features ...
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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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Which are the best open source tools/solutions for digitizing road networks?

I was thinking on tools/plugins for QGIS, but other good suggestions are welcome.
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How to create a WMS Service to display a geo-reference image

I currently have little experience in the opensource area and I'm guessing this is where I need to go if I want to create a WMS Service without needing ArcGIS Server. Basically my goal is to take a ...
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How to generate schemas of GIS hardware / software / workflows?

Quite often I find myself in a situation where I need to explain hardware or software GIS infrastructure to people with no or limited knowledge of GIS. Or give an overview of geoprocessing tasks ...
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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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How to script shapefile editing with open source tools?

I would really like not to disturb anybody and find my answer by a Google search, but I don't really know where to start. I have a .shp vector layer with several points on streets, each having a list ...
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Is there an open source tool to planarize graphs?

I read about the planarize function in ArcGIS, which seem to do exactly what I want. Is there a similar feature in QGIS or another free tool? I have a shapefile with various shapes intersecting each ...
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Are there any alternatives to ArcGIS Locator Report?

I'm a pretty new GIS programmer and I've found ArcGIS/Arcpy to be extremely unstable. I'm trying to run a Locator Report in arcpy with no success. I'm wondering if there are any other alternatives? ...
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What FOSS GIS has the option to link attribute tables to rasters

In ArcGIS rasters can have attribute tables. What FOSS GIS offers a similar option?
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select by attribute on shapefiles with open-source python modules

I usually use ArcGis 9.3.1, but when running a python script that includes Select_by_attribute (from gp), the script runs very very slowly. Is there a way I can perform a select-by-attribute on a ...
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Looking for open source component to create PDF from WMS in a web application

I want to create a PDF from WMS in a web map application. Please can anyone recommend a robust component? I'd like free open-source under an relatively business-friendly licence (no GPL, BSD/MIT ...
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FOSS method to split raster into smaller chunks

I have a raster (USGS DEM actually) and I need to split it up into smaller chunks like the image below shows. That was accomplished in ArcGIS 10.0 using the Split Raster tool. I would like a FOSS ...
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Quickly create contour polygons from cost points using OSS for web app

This is related to a previous question I've asked: Create filled contour map with GRASS I've created a point layer using OpenStreetMap data and pgRouting's driving_distance() function, where the ...
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Open Source Training Materials

This recent question made me wonder if there are any open source training materials for GIS. By this I don't mean training specifically for open source software - of which I know there are some - ...
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How to create a simple front-end for a PostGIS database?

My organisation collects a lot of environmental monitoring data (stream flow, water chemistry etc.) most of which is currently stored in Excel. I’d like to get everything into a database – probably ...
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Is there an open source GIS to view and edit CityGML models?

I'm looking for an open source GIS that supports viewing and editing of CityGML models. So far, I've found a list of open source applications that support CityGML, but they all seem to be ...
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Looking for map calibration software and city database

I'm in need of a mapping software which, given a map, lets you calibrate it (choose which geographic coordinates project to which pixels on the map image) and then given a database of cities, you can ...
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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 connect GeoServer with Java to a PostGIS/PostGres database?

I am having trouble using GeoServer to perform a shortest path analysis between two network points. My question is about connecting GeoServer with Java to a PostGIS/PostGres database. I know that in ...
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What are the FOSS equivalents to these ArcGIS products?

I'm a long-term user of ESRI software, and I now have a need to use free and open source software. I've been reading about Open Layers, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, GeoServer and MapServer but I can't find ...
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Visual Studio Lightswitch and spatial data

I'm looking for a way to handle spatial data (for instance geography data type in SQL Server 2008) in Visual Studio Lightswitch 2011. Preferably with an extension that can show data on a map. So far ...
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Looking for a .NET Dijkstra component using Shapefile

I'm totally new to stackexchange and i'm in this beautiful informative place for one problem. I'm a .net programmer and i need to write a program that reads a shapefile and performs routing operation. ...
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Get Cell Value Webservice for ArcGIS Raster (LiDAR) without using ArcGIS

I want to expose the getCellValue function on Lidar Data, as a web service. But I don't have access to ArcGIS (server or desktop). What options do I have to fetch cell value, given lat lon, from a ...
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Memory leak in ArcGIS aggregate points/buffer/Addfield/cursor

I am starting to have concerns about the ability of ArcGIS 10 to fulfill a deliverable of mine. It got me to wondering what exactly else there is, that can perform similar functionality? ET ...
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Fastest way to spatially join a point CSV with a polygon Shapefile

I have a 1 billion point CSV file and a shapefile with around 5,000 polygons. What would be the fastest way to spatially join points and polygons? For each point, I need to get the containing polygon ...
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How to create a polygon from other polygon boundaries?

I want to write an algorithm that creates a polygon inside a hole made by a set of other polygons. It's something like a flood fill and it's like the "boundary" tool in Autocad. The image shows an ...
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Are there any OpenSource ArcObjects Projects?

One of the major benefits of developing GIS applications based on opensource libraries, is that many projects spring up on top of them which are also opensource. Well designed opensource projects ...
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What free programs should every GIS user have installed?

Note: This question is specifically about installed, desktop software. There is another question specifically about free cloud-based software and services. I'm not necessarily referring to ESRI ...