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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Cutting up a shape file into smaller parts

I've downloaded the 350MB coastline shape file from Openstreetmap, but I really would like to work with a small part of them, is there a way to generate a shapefile of a small area. I'm using MacOSX ...
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Looking for USDA plant hardiness zone shape file

given that this is a USDA resource I really thought that it would be available online somewhere, but for the life of me I cannot find a shape file for the USDA plant hardiness zones anywhere. anyone ...
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GIS analysis to find duplicate geometries

I have a big shapefile that contains all the buildings and houses of the town that I work in (approx. 90,000 features). The data of the buildings/houses are saved by the town's surveying engineers and ...
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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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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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How to stop writeOGR from abbreviating Field Names when using “ESRI Shapefile” driver

I'm currently using the following script to add some attribute data from a table to lots of individual shapefiles: library(rgdal) specieslist <- read.csv("SpeciesList1.txt", header=F) attdata <-...
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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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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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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 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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Order of polygon vertices in general GIS: clockwise or counterclockwise

Two days ago I asked a question about the internal storing order for the vertices of a polygon in ESRI shapefiles. That question was answered (Are polygons stored clockwise or counterclockwise in a ...
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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 use?...
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Fastest spatial storage format?

I am wondering what storage method will result in the fastest reading of the map vectors for rendering. SHP? PostGres? SQLite? (They do not change often and I do not need spatial functions for these ...
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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 publish shapefiles to web with no programming required?

I am new to GIS web development. I do not have any programming background and I want all the maps that I design in GIS (shapefiles, using ArcGIS Desktop 9.3) to be published on the web. Please ...
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Converting Shape Polyline-M to Polyline using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have some pretty old software that I am forced to use (no option). It's old enough that it doesn't recognize shape files of type Polyline-M, it only recognizes shape files of Polyline. I have a ...
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Performance of Shapefile and PostGIS with GeoServer?

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. What is the recommended choice ...
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How to count points in shapefile within polygons of another shapefile?

I'm creating a map with two shapefiles. One is a polygon of counties. The other is points of cities. I used the function intersect to group the cities in each county. I'm trying to get the number ...
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Mapping between OGR and Python data types?

I'm writing a shapefile using OGR in python, creating fields on-the-fly from a python data source. Creation of a new field requires an OGR data type, is there a mapping between OGR and python data ...
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How to get all the lat/long coords that define a shapefile

I have a Shapefile with several shapes inside it. Using MapWindow I have been able to determine that the shape I need is the one with shapeId 19. As you can probably tell I have very little ...
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Automatically aggregate German ZIP codes by the first two digits in a shapefile

I have a shapefile which contains all German Zip-Codes in a a five-digit format (e.g. 80637). For what I intend to do, this is way to much detail. I would like to aggregate all Zip-Code areas by the ...
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Converting a polygon into a raster using R

I'm trying to convert a shapefile into a raster within R. My approach is to read in the raster as follows: library(rgdal) # Loads SP package by default demo <- readOGR('F:/data/', 'shapefile') # ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Convert longitude/latitude to pixels on the map

I have a map from here. I want to be able to simply convert arbitrary lon/lat pair to pixels on the map (also the ability to do reverse conversion). The maps come with .tfw file and projection info, ...
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How to convert shapefile to SVG keeping internal data?

I am very new to GIS. I found a tutorial on how to make a choropleth using Python tools. I want to follow it but use my own data and map. However the tutorial uses a US map SVG file and I need to use ...
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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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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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How do I load a .dbf file into QGIS?

I want to use QGIS to extract lat/lng data from the vertices of polygons. There are about 400 polygons, each with maybe 200 vertices. I am having trouble with step one, getting the data into QGIS. ...
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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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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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Performing Feature to Point (no advanced license) using ArcPy?

I have a set of polygons I have calculated the centroids of, but am having trouble finding a way to output these values to a point shapefile. I dabbled with arcpy.MakeXYEvents_management, but it only ...
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How to display ESRI shapefile in Android [closed]

It's the first time I work with Android and ESRI shapefile. I tried to find but could not find any tutorials to display ESRI shapefile in Android. Somebody can help me about this??? Thank you so so ...
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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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Converting osm file to shapefile (or data frame) in R

I was looking for a road shapefile for Australia today. I ended up going to Geofabrik. Open Street Map has data in .osm format. But they do not have one in .shp for Australia. If possible, I want to ...
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Having problems with joining an excel table to a shapefile in ArcMap

I have a shapefile of lower layer super output areas (LSOA) for England and Wales and I have a spreadsheet of the indices of deprivation for each of the LSOA's in England. I want to join the ...
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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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Postcode Shape Files for the UK

I am trying to find the shape files for postcode sector and districts in the UK. Specifically inside London. I know I can go and pay for these but I only really need to use them once. I want to ...
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What is hierarchy (object model) of features in ArcGIS?

I'm new to GIS. My understanding of shapefiles is that they are (contain?) featureclasses, that contain features (points, polylines, polygons). Is there a clear hierarchy for these files. Would the ...
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Importing .shp to postgreSQL

I want to import a shp file to postgreSQL. First I create sql file and then run PostgreSQL. To create sql file, I run this command in windows cmd: shp2pgsql -s 4326 worldCountries.shp worldcountries ...
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Extract Raster from Raster using Polygon shapefile in R

I am new to R and using the raster package. I have a problem extracting polygons from an existing raster file. If I use extract(raster, poly_shape) function on the raster it always creates a list ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Dissolving shapefile but retain attribute fields

Is there any way to dissolve shapefile but keep attributes fields in the same time? This is how I want to retain fields: There are two fields I want to conserve in a shapefile. The first column is ...