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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How do I optimise performance on a local QGIS + PostGIS installation?

I'm learning how to manage a local PostGIS (ver 2.1) database, with spatial indexing enabled on the shapefiles that I've imported (using the PostGIS Shapefile Import/Export Manager). I have imported a ...
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How is the default label field chosen by ArcMap?

I have 2 questions: I know how to manually go to Layer Properties>Labels tab>Label Field and choose my label field. I also know that I could set up my primary label field and save the setting as a ...
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Detailed Bathymetric/Bathymetry contour data (0-200M)

I am looking for free Bathymetric contour data in shapefile format for depths between 0-200 meters for North America. I prefer contours at 10 meter increments, but will take whatever I can get. I ...
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Sea routes network dataset

I am now working on a system to perform routing on a network of shipping lanes. See this dataset that I have as the base: http://geocommons.com/maps/109850 I have postgres and pgrouting up and running ...
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Extracting intersection areas in R

I have two polygons. One contains fields(X,Y,Z) and the other contains soil types (A,B,C,D). I want to know what area of every field contains which type of soil. I tried the following: ...
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Converting shapefile to raster: Character attributes

I've got a shapefile that I would like to convert into a raster, but the trick is that the attribute I want a raster version of is character data. I'm familiar with geoprocessing using GDAL (in the ...
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Easiest way to create measured intervals between shape points

I need to import a scanned photo of the outcrop (geology project) and re-create the grid from which i took plug data- each plug point will be drawn as a shape point file. The plugs were taken on a ...
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Can QGIS automatically load an SLD with a Shapefile?

I have SLD's/lyr files with my shp/gdb files. They all have the same name except for the extension. Is it possible for me to force qgis to load the sld with the shp so that I don't need to manually go ...
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Creating shape file from file with coordinates

How can I make a shape file of an csv file with coordinates?
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How to plot points on maps using ggplot2 and R?

Thanks for help me in GIS 101 Problem #1, now I have geocoded a few hospital in Connecticut using google map, I have able to visualize them in QGIS, now I am trying to do it in R. ct <- ...
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How to register shapefiles to an image?

I'm generating images from various sources and the projections are not necessarily known ahead of time. The images are subject to interpolation and other alterations while being rendered, but I can ...
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PyQGIS joining a dbf to a shapefile [duplicate]

I am trying to join a shp and dbf file using the PyQGIS API. The code I'll use is below: from PyQt4.QtCore import * vector1 = QgsVectorLayer("path to dbf file", "test1", "ogr") id1 = vector1.id() ...
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How to convert bearing, distance, xy coordinate measurements to point shapefile?

I have a natural resources dataset where individual seedlings in canopy gaps were recorded from a center "legacy tree" within each canopy gap. Each sapling has the following measurements associated ...
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Upload Shape File using GeoServer REST API and C#

I'd like to upload shape files using GeoServer REST API and C#. So far, I can create workspaces using the REST API and C#. From GeoServer documentation (specific to cURL), the difference between ...
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Sites with recreational shapefiles for United States?

Do you know of any sites that I could find some recreational shapefiles? An example would be shapefiles of golf courses, ski resorts, or maybe baseball fields in the United States?
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encoding problem with QGIS 1.8 and CSV import

I have following problem with QGIS 1.8. Lisboa (standalone installer, Win 7 Pro 64bit) - I import CSV - text in CP1250 separated with ";" and using "," as decimal separator. I correctly set the ...
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Seeking shapefiles of business locations [duplicate]

Does anyone know where to find shapefiles of businesses such as grocery stores or gas stations?
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Python - GDAL : Polygon to point shape file

I want to read all the points in a polygon shape-file and use their coordinates to make a new point shape file. then find the min and max of the X coordinates. So here is the code I wrote for the ...
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How do you determine a shapefile's charset?

Is there a way to determine the charset used for a given shapefile?
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How to clean such a bad shapefile for routing ?

I am trying to clean a shapefile to make it usable for routing with pgrouting, postgis, postgresql. Here an intersection, it seems to be connected but when we zoom …. It is not: Same here : ...
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Retrieving size of shapefile in ArcPy?

Is it possible to retrieve the size of a shapefile using python and arcpy? If so, how?
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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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Which Windows GIS editors support the creation of 3D shapefiles besides ArcGIS with 3D Analyst?

I need to find and easy and affordable way to generate 3D linear shapefiles in Windows so one of our users can inspect our tool. We incorrectly assumed that he had 3D shapefile source data available ...
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How to programmatically check if the number of shapes = number of table records?

I have a handful of approximately 1000 shapefiles that are corrupted (see attached error message). The shapefiles were generated from eCognition Developer 8. There is a script tool that seems to ...
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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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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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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 to generate discrete areas from multiple, overlapping features?

I have a point dataset that I want to append some information from a polygon to. My polygon shapefile contains over 500 features. Whilst each of these features represents individual areas they are ...
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How to load OSM data into PostGIS preserving all Tags?

I am new to the field of GIS and am trying to view source tags in OSM. I have downloaded the shapefiles from http://downloads.cloudmade.com and have loaded them into Postgres. When I view the data, I ...
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Error exporting data from Oracle to shp using ogr2ogr

I have an oracle table which I would like to query/make a selection. I would then like to export the selection to a shp file. I'm using gdal and ogr2ogr. Following the guidelines here and here I ...
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Importing shapefiles to SQL Server

I often use the brilliant SQL Server 2008 Spatial Tools to import shapefiles into SQL Server 2008. This works absolutely fine but it leaves me wondering, how do Microsoft expect end users of SQL ...
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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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Shapefile and DEM: check rivers behaviour

I'm working with shapefiles representing rivers (rivers.shp), and DEM for the terrain elevation (terrain.tif). Basically, I want to check that my rivers (stored as polylines in my shapefile) behave ...
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Adding a GIS feature to existing database entry with QGIS

I've built a database with postgreSQL with tables, which include geometry columns. When I add some data to my non-geometry columns, I can see them in QGIS when I connect to my database using postgis. ...
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Splitting DXF layers into Shapfile layers in QGIS?

When i load a dxf into QGIS all the layers are present in the attribute table. Is it possible to split this "entities" layer in QGIS into its component parts and save each component part as an ...
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Dividing Earth into continent polygons

Is there a simple (low res is fine) polygonal data set that divides the entirety of Earth's surface into continents, with no overlap and no area excluded? Specifically: North America, South America, ...
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Kicking someone off a shapefile in ArcMap

I have ArcMap open, and someone else has the same shapefile open as me. How can I kick them off so that I can edit? I get the following error message: "Unable to save edits, cannot acquire a lock"
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ogr2ogr srs options: where is the well known definition determined?

In the ogr2ogr documentation it says that when using -a_srs srs_def: Srs_def can be a full WKT definition (hard to escape properly), or a well known definition (ie. EPSG:4326) or a file with a WKT ...
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Mapnik Style Filter on River/Lakes Shapefile attributes (from Natural Earth Data)

As a followup to this question, I downloaded the vector data here: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/10m-physical-vectors/ and I successfully created the rasterized water/land mask I ...
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Select shape file by their coordinates behavior [closed]

I want to filter shapefiles by their latitude behaviour: If the latitudes of edges A and B are constantly decreasing or increasing then this class marked as correct, otherwise are incorrect. For ...
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Overlay Analysis in QGIS (or Preferably Python)

I would like to perform an overlay analysis in Python or QGIS to output a list of each shapefile that falls within certain boundaries. I have unsuccessfully tried to use the Spatial Join, Intersect, ...
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How to connect points by lines?

I have a .shp file, where I want to connect all points (approx. 100) by lines. I have a data field with the order (i.e. 1, 2, 3, ...). I have tried PointConnector and Points2One, maybe I am using ...
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Mapnik + OpenStreetMap + Shapefile with Raster Images + Mod Tile + PostGIS

I am new to GIS. I have a Shapefile (.shp, .shx and .pbf). The .pbf file contains path to PNG files located on my machine only. I was able to save the Shp data to PostGis via Shape2Gis tool. Now ...
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Converting Coverage files into shapefiles?

I am attempting to convert coverage files into shapefiles using arcpy. This is not the e00 files, but the bin files. ArcGIS help suggests that it can be done using ...
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Workflow to convert a DWG CAD file to a shapefile

I'm trying to develop a workflow where I can convert a .dwg file to .shp. I don't have a good understanding of which tools I should be using. My preference is to use software that runs on OSX, is ...
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Divide shapefile

I'm new working with QGIS 1.8.0 and wanted to know if its possible to subdivide a map (shapefile, which is round-like) into small squares but following the outer round contour of the map? I tried with ...
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How to create a layer of directional/horizontal wells?

I have never needed to create a horizontal/directional shapefile (oil / gas well). What do you need besides the lat/long, basic well info? Direction/Length for the line? My question is - What goes ...
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Clip raster by shapefile in parts

Please help write .sh script command to clip raster by polygonal shapefile. Shapefile have name field with unique name of polygon feature. On the output must be rasters with name of polygons in ...
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QGIS show gdal_polygonized file in EPSG:54004 instead of EPSG:3857

I am polygonizing a TIFF with the gdal_polygonize.py and the resulting Shape is shown in QGIS in the wrong projection - EPSG:54004 instead of EPSG:3857. I have a TIFF in EPSG:3857 and polygonize it ...