A vector data storage format for storing the location, shape, and attributes of geographic features. Often referred to as 'an ESRI shapefile', as ESRI developed it.

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From .shp to .kml to .shp Without Losing Attributes

I've converted a shapefile with attributes to a .kml for a client. The .kml and attributes were then edited within google earth. I received the updated .kml and now I need to get it back to .shp. ...
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How to find out the co-ordinate system using .prj file

I'm very new to GIS concepts. Is there a way or procedure of finding out whether the co-ordinate system is in UTM, latitude/longitude or in stateplane using .prj file? My .prj file contains the ...
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Does Re-Projecting ShapeFile only update content of *.prj file?

if i wish to change the projection of some shapefiles from .. lets say NAD83 (4269) to WGS84 (4326) ... and by using some 3rd party app .... does this mean the .prj file is only updated .. and not the ...
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Point (of a linestring) within Polygon using ogr and Python

I'm currently working on a project in which I need to build a topological network out of the geometry features I find in shapefiles. So far using Ben Reilly's open source project I've managed to ...
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overlay county shapefiles for 2 different years

I have county-level shapefile for South Caroline in 1880 and one for 1940. I would like to overlay these two files so that they do the union and indicate the percentage of the land in 1880 that went ...
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Making a 3D map with shapefiles, lidar and aerial image data

I want to try to make a simple 3D map for a small area (10 square miles) with some housing, some roads and some vegetation on it. My geodata is as follows: shapes with houses/roads/vegetation. ...
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Reading Shapefile using C#? [closed]

I am new to ArcGIS and trying a few things.. I'm trying to read shape file(which is supply as an input) using c# and I want to generate a .pdf file which contains underlying metadata information (...
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Write out a WKT file from a loaded shapefile

We are looking to load and display a shapefile, simple polygons, then write out a WKT string of that shapefile and have the user save it somewhere. Does anyone have some code snippets of that very ...
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How to convert a shapefile to WKT?

I'm trying to convert a shapefile into the simple Well Known Text (WKT) format in the example below (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well-known_text). MULTIPOLYGON (((40 40, 20 45, 45 30, 40 40)), (...
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Join CSV file to shapefile

I wanted to join a CSV file to a shapefile. When I identified a field to facilitate the join, e.g., map <- spChFIDs(map, as.character(map$ID)) it returned Error in spChFIDs(SP, x) : ...
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remove land area from marine region polygons

In my pursuit to merge multiple polygons for the purpose of calculating the surface area of marine species distributions, using shapefiles from Marineregions, I am now trying to remove potential land ...
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How to generate a Shape File in DotSpatial [closed]

I have a .csv file of coordinates such as the following: -90.19, 38.62, St Louis -122.42, 37.82, San Francisco -74.04, 40.68, New York I want to create a shape file using DotSpatial that has these ...
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How can I get the proj4 string or EPSG code from a shapefile .prj file? [duplicate]

I have to work with a shapefile defined in an unusual projection, which my GIS software does not know about. How can I get the proj4 definition or the EPSG code for the projection?
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How to split non-contiguous feature in QGIS?

I have a shapefile with a feature that is non-contiguous. I want to split the areas on the left from the area on the right. However, QGIS's Split Features tool requires you to draw a line over the ...
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How to add a projection to a Shapefile using open-source tools?

I have been given some shapefiles WITHOUT a projection. So I need to add the projection in order to display it on google map. I found the projection information I need at http://spatialreference.org/...
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How to convert factfinder2.census.gov map data to KML?

I've downloaded a map from http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_SF1_P1 (limited to San Francisco census tracts), and I'd like to convert it to KML ...
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Exporting shapefile to PostGIS database in QGIS

How do I export a vector shapefile to PostGIS database? I am asking what format I have to export it.
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Determining coordinates of a SHP file

i have a SHP file of a building converted from a DXF file. This SHP file is unprojected and have no specific coordinates (origin 0,0). I find WGS84 coordinates (lat, long) of this building from Google ...
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How to install Fiona to read Shapefile attributes with OSGeo4W?

I´m developing a plugin in Python and I need to read the shapefile attributes, so I found the Fiona API and dbfpy also but I don't understand how to install these packages because I install the QGIS ...
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Is there a QGIS bezier curve tool?

I'm a recent convert to QGIS but have been confused about the lack of support for drawing curved shapefiles, especially when Arc has almost too many. A lot of the work that our consultancy do is based ...
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Tool for converting .shp file to .tab file?

I am searching for any free tool which can convert ShapeFile (.shp) to MapInfo (.tab) file.
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merge shapefile using ogr2ogr and retrieve the attribute of both

Ciao, I have two shape files that I want merge (overlay/intersect) having in the destination the attributes of the two sources file. ogr2ogr file_merged.shp tl_2010_us_uac10_conus_albersUA.shp ...
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Convert KML to shapefile without losing attribute data

So I want to convert KML files to SHP shapefiles to load it onto PostGIS. Currently I'm using ogr2ogr to do the conversion for me, but it wipes out all the attribute data. How do i preserve this ...
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Join a CSV file to shapefile using gdal/ogr?

I have a shapefile with several attributes, for example YEAR, COUNTY, and AREA. I also have a CSV file with more fields that I want in the shapefile, such as POPULATION. Both the shapefile and the CSV ...
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Updating Attributes using Pyshp

Is it possible to update an attribute field in a shapefile using pyshp ? I went through their documentation and all they show is how to create new attribute rather than editing or updating an already ...
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Converting Esri ASCII raster to Shapefile for CartoDB?

I have an ArcGIS grid ascii file (Ramankutty Cropland at 5 minute resolution) that begins as follows: ncols 4320 nrows 2160 xllcorner -180 yllcorner -90 cellsize 0....
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Extract PostGIS line features to GPX

I have a request to provide GPX files of certain trails (around 100) that are present in OpenStreetMap. Given a local PostGIS install with OSM data, I think the process would be something like: ...
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Exporting Shapefile to SVG using Java & GeoTools?

I am currently working on how to read in ESRI shapefiles, parse/edit layers and then export out to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) file type. I have been using GeoTools primarily for reading/loading ...
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How to edit Shapefile Attributes?

How might I go about exporting a polygon shapefile (e.g. CSV) so that attributes (not geometry) are editable by others, and importing it with the changed attributes (of which there are several columns ...
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QGIS - Convert Vector points to GPS waypoints and route

I'm new here. I have a shape file with a series of points (around 300) using British National Grid. I need to put them on my Garmin Etrex 10 as waypoints. Can someone tell me how to convert this ...
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Unable to create shapefile using shapefile.py

I am trying to create shapefile from csv data using shapefile.py but i am constantly getting this error, Traceback (most recent call last): File "createShp_Davis.py", line 31, in <module> ...
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Erase shapfile (polygon) area from GeoTIFF

I've been reading several posts to do so and one option would be to use gdalwarp -cutline, but I would need to keep what it is NOT inside the polygon area. GDAL or any command-line tool does that? ...
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Convert shapely polygon coordinates

I am trying to work with a shapefile using shapely, fiona and python. The original coordinate system is in latitude and longitude that I am trying to convert to state plane system. So I want an ...
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MapServer (MS4W) test page from shapefile shows only blank white square?

I am trying to create a test page with mapserver and shapefile. At the moment I just want to get the map shown on my test page. I have gotten the EXTENT coordinates by opening shapefiles with QGIS - I ...
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Import shapefiles on my postgis table using R

Using R, I would like to import shapefiles that are in a directory on a geometric table i have on postgresql / postgis. What is the instruction that allows me to do it? EDIT: here is my code to ...
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Updating Lat/Longs and actual position of point shapefile using arcpy.UpdateCursor()?

I have a point shapefile with over 3000 points that are updated frequently, when they are updated they need to have their lat/longs changed which is entered into the attribute table. When the lat/...
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Are mixed geometry types allowed in a shapefile?

Does the shapefile support mixed geometry types (ie. point and polygon all in the same file)?
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Python3 libraries for GIS analysis

I am trying to do some spatial data analysis in Python 3 now, and I was wondering what the best libraries are for GIS in Python 3. The Fiona library was developed with Python 3.3 but the Python 3+ ...
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Best choice for building static maps: PostGIS, SpatiaLite or Shapefile?

I usually build static topographic maps, which are mostly printed. I'm often using OSM and rasterfiles (mainly different DEMs). The areas I'm mapping seldom exceeds 20.000 km². I'm using exclusively ...
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Copy single feature into another feature class

I do a lot of editing, in this case areas. Sometimes I add an area to one shapefile, only to realise a bit later that it should have been in another. Is there an easy way of copying only that ...
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Locating shapefile of European railways for goods transportion?

We are trying to make a project about European goods trade so we need railway data in shapefile format. More specifically, we are trying to find the potential of mine products being exported from ...
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Data security for GIS Data (shapefiles,AutoCAD files)

This is regarding security for GIS Data (in Esri & open source) (Esri shapefiles, AutoCAD files etc.) Does anyone know how to assign a password to or encrypt shapefiles OR CAD Data? I have found ...
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Making shapefile Read-Only to ArcGIS for Desktop?

How do you make the shapefile a Read-only so the client can not make any edits using 10.2.2 ArcGIS. It is not within a geodatabase, just a stand alone shapefile. I am using Windows 8
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Convert from shapefile to GPX with selected attributes

I have a points shapefile that originally came from a GPX file (imported using QGIS). The original GPX file contained waypoints only and has disappeared. The shapefile has many attributes, but only ...
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How to link data to a polygon ArcMap 10.3

I have a map with different polygons (118). Each of this polygons represent diferent vegetation types. For each of those polygons I have data of which species there is and how abundant they are (the ...
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How to generate a shapefile containing an UTM grid (graticule)?

I'm looking for a shapefile containing an 1000m or 2000m UTM grid ("graticule"). All I was about to find on the web is a 10000m UTM grid (here: http://en.giswiki.net/wiki/UTM) and I am aware that a ...
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How to convert SHP to GPX or to JSON?

I would like to convert the tree inventory shape files of London (Canada) into a GPX file and if possible into a JSON file. You can download the archive from their Open Data website. It contains the ...
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How to reproject a raster from lat/lon to UTM in R?

i have to turn it into a UTM in order to make the buffer functional. wets<-readOGR(dsn=".",layer="shapefile") r.raster <- raster() extent(r.raster) <- extent(wets) res(r.raster) <- 100 ...
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Writing shapefile with projection defined crashes fiona

I've just started trying to use Fiona to write out shapefiles. I found the example code below, which seems to work fine from shapely.geometry import mapping, Polygon import fiona # Here's an example ...
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Merging Two or More Layers using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am working with three clipped layers that are shown in the TOC. I created these layers from a large watershed shape-file. However, each clipped layer includes the layer before it and only expands on ...