The set of conventions, rules, or encoding systems that define how geographic features are represented with symbols on a map.

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Curved point-to-point “route maps”

I have recently been looking at airlines web pages that display their routes departing a certain city to all other cities they service. I would like to be able to create similar curved routes between ...
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How to vary the transparency of symbols within a single layer in ArcMap?

I have a polygon layer which I am drawing in ArcMap using a graduated color symbology: Is it possible to vary the transparency between the classes, so that the transparency tapers off with the ...
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Are there any international standards for map symbology?

We are going to let our users add points, polylines and polygons to a map. Are there any international standards for map symbology? For example for emergency symbols?
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Is there a SVG symbol library for qgis?

Im currently using default simple symbol capabilities or dingbat fonts for point objects. Is there maybe a SVG symbol library for qgis that is a bit more extensive than that which is included? I've ...
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How to create a style file for QGIS from a plain text file?

Using QGIS 1.7. I have a plain text file, which lists 115 rgb values against a map code for a geological map. Viz.: $ head gsv1Msymbology.txt MAPCODE RED GREEN BLUE Oc 143 255 255 WAT 255 255 255 ...
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How to horizontally align irregularly shaped point symbol to vector layer in QGIS?

Fairly new to QGIS and searching a method to graphically align my point symbols in the direction of the vector. The symbol represents a water valve in an irregular shape in close proximity to a vector ...
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Which true type editor do you use to create/modify point symbols for GIS?

Which true type editor do you use to create/modify point symbols for GIS and what are the advantages and disadvantages of the tool? I am looking for a true type editor to create/modify custom point ...
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Change Symbology of layers from within ArcMap

Cheers, In an active Arc Map session - I want to change the symbology of a layer which is repeated multiple times in the mxd. Can I do this? The basic code I have for getting the layers is below. ...
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Coloring thousands of polygons so each is distinct from its neighbors?

I am using ArcGIS 10, and I have layers of the 2010 Census blocks, block groups, and tracts. There are thousands of polygons in these layers. I want to color them so that each is distinct from its ...
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Crime mapping symbology

Are there any standard, publicly available symbol sets for crime mapping? What are their intended applications and their strengths and weaknesses?
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How to create desire lines in QGIS?

How can I show the flow coming from an Origin-Destination matrix as desire lines? I need a result like the one in the picture below. I need to scale them proportionally to its value (coming from a ...
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Changing symbology as per scale reference in ArcMap?

I am using ArcMap 10 and I want to display my village parcel as per given scalewise symbology. I have one idea that copy and paste same layer. But my question is that in a single layer, is it ...
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How do I cluster XY point data? (ArcGIS 9.3)

I have a whole bunch of icons displaying on a map, I want these clustered together as was suggested to me for a different question here... ArcGIS 9.3. How do I increase Picture Marker Symbol ...
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How to change Symbology of Multiple Layers at once?

Is there a way to change symbology for multiple layers in ArcMap or ArcCatalog. I want to change the symbology of multiple layers at once.
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How to use a field-to-RGB mapping for symbology in QGIS?

Using QGIS version 1.7. I have a plain text file that lists a set of rgb values against a code. I want to use this colour table to colour a polygon layer by mapping one of its attribute fields ...
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How to normalize choropleth maps of census information?

I'm trying to improve on the census-based maps on this site, which shows census values at 5 scales from Collection Districts through to State. Currently the maps show whole numbers (eg total ...
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Directional Flow Arrows for sewer lines

I am working for the Town of Yadkinville, NC and would like to know how to create a layer of directional flow arrows for sewer lines to be able to turn them on and off at will?
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Is there any way to set polygon features fill color and outline programmatically?

By some process I am creating a polygon feature layer. Before adding the layer in the map, I want to set polygon's fill color to no color and set polygon's outline color and width. I am working with ...
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Program to create EMF that conserves transparency

What open source tools allow for the creation of EMFs that conserve transparency in ArcMap? I tried VeryPDF and Any DWG to Image Converter, neither on actually gave me a vector file that provided ...
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Exporting Symbology from ArcGIS for Desktop to Microstation or QGIS?

I am using ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop and trying to figure out how to export my symbols of elements in ArcGIS to CAD or QGIS readable format. The problem is, that I can export symbology to a Style, or ...
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Best practices for visualising clustered features in web maps?

I'm looking for the best symbol to display clustered features in the ArcGIS Server JS API. I don't like the "fly-out" animated cluster symbol, as used in the Silverlight API clustering or the JS ...
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Should I use a discrete or continuous scale for coloring a chloropleth?

I am making a choropleth for an upcoming local race using D3. There are two candidates running for an election. For any given polygon on my map, if the red candidate has more votes, the color should ...
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What is the best way to represent bridges using a point vector layer in QGIS?

I'm working on a hiking/biking maps of trails in the woods which sometimes have bridges that need to be shown on the map. I'm trying to figure out the best way to capture and represent them using QGIS ...
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How to decide how to “stretch” raster imagery?

I have to symbolize a digital elevation model. ArcMap offers many different setting for stretching the symbology which all give widely different results. Some stretch methods symbolize the data so ...
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How to present three spatial variables in one map? [closed]

I want to assign 3 category of variables in a single map. In other words, I have to produce a cartographic visualization of the damage including a legend listing: damaged surface area in the ...
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How to display an arrow pointing to a specific bearing in QGIS

I have a number of point features which contain an attribute I call "bearing" and another one called "slope". Each point has a bearing between 0 to 359 degrees. And the slope is either "+15" or "-15", ...
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How to apply Mapnik style for OSM data in ArcMAP? [duplicate]

I am loading OpenStreetMap vector data into ArcMAP (using the Download and Symbolize OSM Data tool of ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap 1.1). I'm sure there must be a simple way to apply the ...
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ArcGIS Symbology Transparency

Using ArcGIS 10.1, I am interested in symbolizing a series of polylines to generate a pseudo-heatmap like one of the answers to this question. The essence of the solution idea is to symbolize each ...
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Is there a version of the ESRI ArcGIS Symbol Library PDF for ArcGIS 10, or some other cheat sheet for symbols/line weights?

ESRI has an old set of PDFs from 2004 showing all the symbols available in ArcGIS at the time and their names. I don't need it often but if I'm searching for a certain symbol and don't know its name ...
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Symbolising One-to-many relationships

I have a polygon feature class which has various extent areas with a name which is unique I also have a table (in an FGDB) that has the extent names with a score value. But there can be many score ...
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How to place multiple symbols on one polygon centroid?

I am using QGIS for visualizing the health conditions of elderly living in an old age home, some of the elderly have multiple medical device with them and I want to show them on the map. Suppose I ...
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View vertices in ArcGIS

In ArcGIS (I use version 9.3), is it possible to change the polyline symbology to show vertices? Or do I need to extract the points via Feature Vertices To Points? This becomes a pain if I want to ...
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Is there a recomended method for symbolizing inland lakes, streams and rivers in a topographic map?

I produce a lot of maps with inland lakes, rivers and streams overlaid over a dem surface symbolized with a color graduation (green for lows and brown for higher elevations) I also use a ...
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Are there any well symbols for ArcGIS Silverlight/WPF?

I'm looking for some standard map symbols for a silverlight app. Does anyone know where I could find these? Thanks!
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Symbology of contour lines in ArcMap

I have contour lines with height values from 0 to 1030 (sorted by height 110, 115, 120, 125). Values with in-between number (like 5, 15, 115, 135...) should be grouped and colored with same color, and ...
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What is the cause and solution of this ArcMap tint band drawing issue?

I installed ArcGIS 10 SP1 last week. My graphics card meets the spec and I'm up to date on drivers. I have a layer of parcels that are tint-banded in the MXD. At some scales, straight lines that ...
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Looking for qml specification

Where I can find qml specification which is used for store symbology information in QGIS? Try to googe it - no result.
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Customizing label features using arcpy

I have a script that creates symbology for a polyline (contours) and then adds it to a .mxd file. My problem is that it picks the “FontName” as the default field to label on the map (see attached ...
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How can I symbolize a layer with graduated colors by a date/time field?

I've got a layer of polygons where each has a date associated with it. I want to color the polygons with graduated colors, but I want the colors to start with the newest polygons and fade to the ...
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Symbology levels are ignored in ArcGIS 10

I have a problem migrating from a ArgGIS 9.3 to a 10 geodatabase (both sde and file gdb). The symbology levels stored in the 9.3 database are not transferred. When migrated to ArcGIS 10.0, ...
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How to resize symbols in the QGIS Print Composer legend?

I am trying to map a count data type via graduated symbol against a chloropleth and the legend is too big. The circles of the graduated symbols are the actual size of their corresponding values in ...
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Modify raster layer display and symbology properties programmatically with arcpy or ArcObjects

I have over 1500 NITF files that I need to be able to modify the layer display and symbology of programmatically from within ArcMap. I need to set the properties outlined in red below: I've looked ...
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What server and API to use for displaying complex polygons with dynamic symbology?

Background I need to interface a map into an existing website which allows the user to query a database and which currently results in a table listing population statistics per county. For example, ...
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How to tell QGIS where to start marker line interval?

I want to tell QGIS where to start with a marker, like: use 3 markers, start at positions 0, 2, 4, and apply an interval of 12 to each marker. However, after searching for hours, I haven't found a ...
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Is there a way to auto-update symbology between .mxds for the same shapefile? (Python?)

I have a variety of .mxds for any one project I'm working on, which are all different but all use the same set of base shapefiles for my project. I know I can save a .lyr version of my initial ...
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Managing symbology in Feature Classes

I'm using an enterprise db to store my data and I'm writing a python tool that allows me to interact with that data in ArcMap. However, all my layers someone have "OTHER" for the symbologyType (not ...
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Are there any icons for GIS mapping? [duplicate]

I am trying to find alternative symbology for GIS maps and web apps I occasionally produce. Esri has done a great job collecting and categorizing thousands of symbols, markers, line and polygon ...
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How to display marker somewhere in polygon without converting polygons to points, while maintaining dynamic legend, and then export map?

The following seems like a straightforward requirement because I recall ArcInfo Workstation having an ARCPLOT command called POLYGONMARKERS available to do the display part 20 years ago. Yesterday I ...
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How to I create and Import marker symbols (or 'Style References') in ArcMap 10?

I work with many different federal lands all of which can be associated with iconic logos (think National Park Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, etc.). I'd like to create a 'Style Reference' ...
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Symbolize layer and group names in TOC?

I regularly have quite large mxd projects, with lots of feature layers referenced in Table of Contents (TOC). For simplicity I group them together. The problem is that I can't see the difference ...