The ratio between distances on a map and distances in the world

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Why does QGIS scalebar show a wrong scale?

I'm using QGIS 1.7.1 and have added a scalebar. The scalebar usually displays in degrees, unless I switch the map's projection to meters, in which case the units are display in cm. This is not ...
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Maps zoomed around specific locations (magnifying glass effect)

How do I create a static map where the scale varies based on location? Example: to drive from a specific location X in Albuquerque to a specific location Y in Chicago, I want to "zoom" around X and ...
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OpenLayers: Use scales instead of resolutions

Venturing around in the OpenLayers source code, it seems like everything related to zoom-levels is done using resolutions. Fair enough since this related directly to screen space. I would like ...
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Surface distance on DEM between two coordinates

Given two coordinates on a digital elevation model (DEM), how do I compute the actual distance traveled between the two locations, assuming a straight line route? How will changing the resolution of ...
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How to handle display of nested polygons (census, county/state, etc) for a given map extent

My question is how best to decide which layer (from a set of nested, aggregated census polygons) to display for any given map extent in an online map. Australia's census boundaries are built from ...
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How to show labels depending on the zoom scale and save it forever in one project?

I have got a problem in showing labels for a polygon layer : When I select "Show labels" in the layer's properties, then I select that I want to use the scaling to show or not my labels and I ...
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What does Scale mean in the reference of Desktop GIS or WebGIS?

I'm having trouble understanding the meaning of the concept of scale when it comes to maps on screen, i.e. either in a Desktop GIS or in a WebMap. When it comes to paper maps, the idea is very clear. ...
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How to use scale -rule based renderer in QGIS?

I wish to render a shapefile of builindings such that at scales below 1:5000, they have a border, and above 1:5000, they do not have a border. For this, I went into layer properties, selected ...
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How do I know the vertical/horizontal units of my DEM? I'm creating a slope using gdaldem

I'm using gdaldem to create a slope map. I can apply a scale. The default is 1. The notes say: Ratio of vertical units to horizontal. If horizontal unit of source DEM is degrees (e.g WGS84 ...
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importing coordinates via a csv file does not work

I tried to manually add point data via a CSV file to an empty project in QGIS 1.8.0. The points do show up all right with the correct coordinates, but already the scale is not correct (using the ...
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How do I import OS raster tiles into QGIS at the correct scale?

I have some tiles of OS raster mapping and their associated TFW georeferencing files. The GR files are in the same folder as the raster data and have the same names, ie TQ21.tif/TQ21.tfw. In QGIS ...