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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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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Maritime route prediction avoiding land masses

I am working on a project where the following functions have to be implemented: Predicting the locations of the ships (in maritime environment) at a future time. (Can be done with Kalman filter, IMM ...
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Using Google Earth Enterprise & ArcGIS platform together?

I have been fielded a few questions about Google Earth Enterprise (GEE) -which I don't know anything about, I'm having a time finding answers to the two following questions, which can probably be ...
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Convert ESRI Shapefile to Raster using R - biggest polygon area to raster cell value?

I want to create a raster from an ESRI shapefile. Multiple polygons may exist in one raster cell. If so, I want to assign the attribute variable which occupies the biggest area of the raster cell. ...
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How to programatically populate a shapefile field with polygon areas in OGR?

I'm trying to programatically populate a shp field with polygon areas: import sys import ogr ds = ogr.Open( 'tttttttttt.shp', update = 1 ) if ds is None: print "Open failed./n" sys.exit( 1 ...
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How to add a field to a shapefile using R

This question is trying to make sense of a post that already exists that looks good, but is failing in practice. The second ranked answer uses the foreign package to read a shapefile attribute table ...
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How to query OSM for all beaches facing west? - QGIS preferred

I want to identify all beaches on this planet (or a given subset of it) that are facing westwards (+/- 20-30 degrees). My idea is to use OSM as the data source. Extracting all polygons that have 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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nx_spatial does not read all shapefile features

I have a polyline shapefile for a road network. The roads are split at every intersection (node), e.g. if two roads intersect at one point, then they are split into four links(edges). So using the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to export color of polygon from Autocad into QGIS?

I use Qgis 2.14. I have some problem with export .dgn to shp from Autocad. Qgis appropriates random colors to my polygons after export. Somebody knows how i can export original color of my Autocad ...