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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Where did the polygons go after projecting a map in QGIS?

I'm fairly new at GIS know-how, but I've run into a problem with a projection of a world map. I have a shapefile of all countries I downloaded from Natural Earth. After projecting it into a ...
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update one shapefile attribute table with values from another dbf table

I try to explain here what I am trying to do: I have one shapefile and one independent dbf table with the same fields. In the dbf table all the fields are populated but in the shapefile attribute ...
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Simple way to detect/select border polygons of a shapefile

I am looking for a simple way to detect/select border polygons of a shapefile. Border polygons are here polygons that are not completely surrounded by other polygons i.e. polygons located at the ...
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How to convert GDB data to shapefiles without ArcGIS?

We've got some data (supposedly it's a simple collection of points--or at least that is all we need to extract) from a 3rd party in a GDB folder (I don't know how to tell what version) but we don't ...
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How to create a multi-story building infrastructure web map?

Hi please bear in mind that I've got absolutely NO experience working with GIS before you begin laughing at this. During a recent meeting, our client was bouncing around their complaints about how ...
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Use python to add layers to TOC

I've been battling with adding layers to the TOC for some time now. I have managed to single layers added but need to loop through a folder and add all layers. Shapefiles I cannot get to add at all. ...
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How to get an ocean shapefile from a very detailed land area shapefile?

I am looking for a possibility to "invert" a shapefile. What I want to do is to convert a shapefile with the continents and islands into a shapefile that has water polygons. The existing ocean ...
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Identify corrupt shapefiles or rasters via Python or ArcObjects

I'm interested in a way to identify rasters (e.g., ESRI GRID format) or shapefiles that are corrupt that would prevent them from being used in an analysis tool. I have a large number in structured ...
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How can I use fortify() to create a filtered R data frame from a shape file?

I am in the process of building a ggplot choropleth map of population in administrative areas in Wales. I have downloaded the Boundary-Line data from the Ordnance Survey and extracted what seems to be ...
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Polygon creation (Clockwise rotation or not)

According to "ESRI Shapefile Technical Description An ESRI White Paper—July 1998", Vertices for a single, ringed polygon are, therefore,always in clockwise order. Otherwise,"Dirty" polygons occur when ...
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Issues Accessing ESRI File Geodatabase within Quantum GIS Desktop

I am trying to access ESRI file gdb from Quantum GIS. I am on Windows 7, 64-bit. I have found many useful threads on how to set up this functionality within Quantum GIS. The method I went for is ...
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Where can I download the Google Road network as shapefile?

Is there any site from where I can get Google Road network as shapefile? As per my knowledge It is not distributed by google. So anybody can suggest how can I create this road network for a custom ...
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How to include variable in where clause of arcpy.Select_analysis?

I am trying to loop through a shapefile, selecting each feature in turn and copying it to a temporary shapefile to by included in a union analysis. I'm using a cursor to find the ID name for each ...
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How to delete multiple selected polygons at once?

I'm new at this, a novice at best. I'm using QGIS 1.7.3. I simply want to select a large number of polygons on screen and hit the delete key to delete them and resave the shapefile. Can this be done?
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How to change field length in QGIS

I have a shapefile I made in QGIS 1.7.4. One of the fields is a String of length 80. I'd like to make the field accept longer stings, but I can't figure out how to change its length. How do I do this? ...
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Looking for free Shapefile editors

I want to create and edit Shapefiles for my application, and I'm looking for a free shape (ESRI) file editor - free for creating and editing. Thanks in advance.
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City shapefile for free

I am looking for a simple point shapefile which indicates where the cities of the world are. I cannot seem to find one which is free of charge and meets my requirements. Ive got this one: ...
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How to check if parcel is located by golf course

Is there any simple way for me to run millions of parcels through some type of script to see if a shape file parcel is on a golf course? For example if I have a layer that has all the golf courses and ...
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Control the colors of a shapefile

I have a Shapefile with road data. Sometimes the roads are blue, sometimes they are green. I didn't used to mind, but now I'm tiling everything so I need to control the colors. I'm loading it with ...
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How do I use ogr2ogr to convert a GML to shapefile in Python

I am trying to convert a GML to an ESRI shapefile using ogr2ogr utility in a python script. I have successfully installed the GDAL/OGR package via osgeo but I am now struggling to find/understand ...
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I am struggling to convert .dwg to .shp, ideas?

Any ideas as to how can I convert dwg to shp? I tried Kosmo and gvSIG. gvSIG kind of worked but it seems like I lost information.. in addition everything was converted into lines, no polygons. I can ...
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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 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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R : convert a spatial polygon objet to spatial polygon data frame

My goal is to modify an existing shapefile by merging certain polygons. After importing the shapefile and using the UnionSpatialPolygons command, I get the polygon outline that I want. However, this ...
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Convert Postscript (*.ps), Encapsulated Postscript (*.eps), or Adobe Illustrator (*.ai) files to shapefile?

Are there any programs which can convert from Postscript, Encapsulated Postscript, or Adobe Illustrator file formats to a shapefile? What about adding geo-referencing? I'm also open to recipes using ...
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QGIS - Change unit of measure from degrees to meters

I am running QGIS 1.7.0 on windows, and I donwloaded a shapefile of census block group boundaries from TIGER. This file appears to be in the WGS 84 coordinate system, and when I open it in QGIS the ...
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Can I just swap out a .prj file to reproject a shape file?

I'm an experienced software developer -- but a GIS noob. I have a shape file that I am trying to turn into a SVG map with Kartograph. When I try to run Kartograph I get this error: ERROR 6: No ...
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How to clip LAS data using shapefile polygons and open source software?

I am trying to clip or filter lidar files (las, xyz) using a shapefile that contains multiple polygons. Is there open source software that can do this spatial operation? My las files are enormous, ...
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Using the python shape library: pyshp - how to convert .csv file to .shp

I am trying to understand how I can use the csv module in python to open a csv file in the same folder as the python script, and then create a shapefile using the shapefile module pyshp. The csv file ...
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How to convert Shapefile geometries to WKB using OGR?

I got the geometry of a feature of the shapefile, and i want to save that geometry in the postgis (in WKB formats like it happens when we import shapefiles using shp2pgsql and psql commands). How do I ...
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what is the best way to programmatically convert between WKT and Proj4 string?

some shapefiles have a .prj file associated with it. and the .prj file contains the projection info of the shapefile in the format of WKT. Sometimes I need to convert WKT to proj4 string, and ...
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Is there a standard for the specification of .prj files?

We use shape files for data exchange. I've looked at the .prj files: different programs produce different prj files. Is there a standard how the parameters must be specified in a prj file? AFAIK the ...
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How to avoid creating corrupt Shapefiles during Editing?

I have one of my GIS technicians digitizing some lines in QGIS in shapefile format. I don't know how he did it (and neither does he), but somehow the shapefile became corrupt. It was creating random ...
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Removing rows in shapefile in R

I've imported a shapefile into R, and joined it to a table. My shapefile contains all the census ids, while my table only contains selected census ids. I'm now trying delete all the rows didn't get a ...
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Reading shapefile tolerance in python

Is there a way to get the cluster or xytolerance from a shapefile into python using free/open source software? I'm currently using the pyshp package and can't see methods for this anywhere. Also it ...
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What are some alternative sources for USGS data?

I've been using the USGS National Map viewer (http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer/) for getting data for QGIS, but the download system is driving me insane. I enter my email address and [sometimes] ...
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How to display a Shapefile on a browser? -offline-

Plot points on a Shapefile like this: https://github.com/gka/pyshpgeocode and then convert it to HTML and display it on a browser? Is this practical method to display the map on a browser? Any cons ...
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Reordering polygon shapefile permanently?

I've written a script which produces a polygon shapefile of the extents of all the thousands of rasters in our library. I want to organise the FID so that the files with the largest extents are on the ...
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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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How To Convert A Set of ARC/Info ASCII .e00, .e01, .e02, etc Files Into .shp Files

I have a set files that I downloaded with extensions (.e00, .e01, .e02, etc). I have read that these are files used by ARC Info mainly, but I do not have ARC and nor am I really that interested in ...
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Adding Route Shapefile (PolylineM) to QGIS?

I'm new to QGIS (and to this amazing forum as well) and I already have an issue : I received a Route Layer in SHP format (PolylineM). I've easily loaded this file into QGIS but it doesn't seem to ...
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Create Shapefile with auto increment primary key in QGIS

Is there a way to create an auto increment primary key column when creating a new Shapefile in QGIS?
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Finding municipal-level administrative boundary data for India?

Does anyone know how to find a shapefile with boundaries of Indian municipalities? I have tehsil boundaries as for year 2001, but I would like boundaries of municipalities and, ideally, also ...
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How to write Shapely geometries to shapefiles?

Can someone demonstrate a simple way to write geometry data-structures from shapely into shapefiles? I am particularly interested in polygons with holes and linestrings. It would also be beneficial to ...
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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 ...
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Automate SHP to JPG creation

Does anyone know of a way to batch convert shapefiles to jpegs or another common image format? edit: I should have clarified that I would like to apply a styling to each shapefile, and then export ...
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How to determine optimal windmill placement to maximize production?

How can I add automatically the maximum number of points (dots) with 6m diameter and 100m distance each point from other into an area. The dots will present the windmill base (6m) and I want the ...
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GeoServer: Shapefile or PostGIS?

I'm going to build a web application, which will render around ten maps using GeoServer. I will be also changing the attribute data in the application for some layers. So, what is the recommended ...
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How do I edit shape file attribute tables so they all have the same information?

I am trying to merge several pipeline shapefiles using GEOMERGE but it cannot complete the function because they have different column definitions. So I need to edit the attribute tables so that ...
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Problem loading OS OpenData multipoint shapefile into PostGIS

I am trying to load the OS OpenData Strategi shapefile dataset into a PostGIS database. I have had no problems with the polyline and polygon shapefiles, but I am unable to get the point shapefiles to ...