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What Makes a Map Beautiful?

Often times when we make maps it is based on our subjective interpretation of what is aesthetically pleasing. I would like if people posted examples of beautiful maps, displaying any phenomena in any ...
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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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Simple thematic mapping of shapefile using Python?

I wish to visualize geographical data in Python, without using ArcGIS/ArcPy, and make a map. On the internet I found how to make a thematic map using Python: Here is some code that I tried: ...
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Effectively displaying demographic data on a printed map

I would like to plot the following per zone (30 zones total) data on a printable/non interactive map: Average age Average household income Number of households Population density Number of people ...
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How to implement value-by-alpha map in GIS?

I've been doing some background reading about cartograms recently and stumbled upon interesting alternative - value-by-alpha maps. Concept is described in more details here and full paper is ...
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How to compare two spatial point patterns?

If I have two point pattern distributions within the same geographic region, how would I go about visually and quantitatively comparing those two distributions? Also assume I have many points within ...
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Visualising WKT geometry string in QGIS

A very simple question: Is there a simple tool in QGIS to graphically visualise geometry formatted as text? Example geometry: "POLYGON((571178 6337246,571178 6402217,598061 6402217,598061 ...
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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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How to visualize azimuthal data with uncertainties?

I am trying to make a figure showing azimuthal data with a different range of uncertainties at each point. This oldschool figure from a 1991 paper captures the "bowtie plot" idea that I'm aiming for: ...
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How to style beautiful road maps with QGIS?

I am trying to design a beautiful map using Qgis. As I'm a software developer not a designer, I was hoping that this will be easy, but it isn't! There is a similar question here Qgis tutorials and ...
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How can a 3D model of a building be displayed in a web-browser?

I would like to try to show a proposed building in a web-browser such that the user can interact with it in a way similar to google maps streetview. Is it possible to do this, in any platform? I can ...
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What is the best practice for visualisation of a spatio-temporal data set?

I'm investigating visualisation of a spatio-temporal data-set. What examples are available, online or offline, of high-quality spatio-temporal data visualisation?
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How would I draw and visualize custom maps based on OSM data?

I would like to be able to use openstreetmap data for a specific region as a source and "draw" from that the map of infrastructure improvements - mostly roads. I want it to be self-hosted (not ...
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How to generate schemas of GIS hardware / software / workflows?

Quite often I find myself in a situation where I need to explain hardware or software GIS infrastructure to people with no or limited knowledge of GIS. Or give an overview of geoprocessing tasks ...
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When is a 3D Visualisation in GIS Useful?

I can currently only think of two cases: to visualise potential changes in a landscape, such as the effect of adding windfarms, or the addition of a new building to an urban area. However both these ...
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GIS and natural disasters - examples of geo-visualizations and geospatial analysis

I stumbled upon NY Times' web map of deaths from tornadoes in US. Can you point me to some more interesting examples of geo-visualization and/or geospatial analysis of natural disasters and their ...
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How do you choose the classifications on choropleth maps?

I find myself more and more struggling over defining break points when displaying choropleth (aka thematic) maps to view by others. Does anyone have any suggested references that help guide, both how ...
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How to create spatial tag clouds or “tag maps”?

I'm looking for implementations of spatial tag clouds or "tag maps". Some papers I found talk about a Yahoo Tag Maps API, but I couldn't find any such thing. I'd prefer OpenLayers-based solutions, ...
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How to properly Drape vectors over a DEM?

I have a DEM of my study area, and the streams in it. Whenever I add both to ArcScene, and drape the vectors over the DEM, some of the vectors disappear from over the surface, and are visible under ...
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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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Best practices for visualizing speed

Imagine you're tracking, for example, vehicle or animal movement and receive regular GPS position updates. How would you visualize speed of movement on a static (= printable) map? I've been coloring ...
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Is there any experience using Computer Games to display GIS data?

besides being a GIS use I'm a big computer game fan. Games like Civilization, Minecraft, World at War and many others have a very powerfull engine to display huge maps in a beutifull way. I was ...
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What are some 3D visualisation tools that successfully work with GIS data?

There are a large number of 3d modelling tools available (both open and closed source). I would like to be able to: Import GIS data into a 3d environment and retain georeferenceing. Retain the ...
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Fitting a word/tag cloud into geographic boundaries

Are there any available tools or a recommend methods for displaying a tag or word cloud (also know as wordle) onto a world map, much like in this example: Map: United States of surnames? (There may be ...
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Processing(.org) for geospatial visualization?

Does anyone know if Processing is being used for geospatial visualization? I can't find much out there, but this is impressive: http://benfry.com/zipdecode/ Here's one I just found: ...
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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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How to implement ringmaps in ArcGIS?

In a recent article by Stewart and colleagues in IJHG I stumbled upon interesting technique of visualizing data using ringmpas. Some more information referenced in the article about this technique ...
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Are there any convenient sources of color palettes to use in ArcGIS software while producing maps?

Since it was asked in Beta and I want to know the answer, I post it here.
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What is the best way to visualize multiple large LIDAR tiles?

I want to load approximately 10 large LIDAR tiles for analysis. I have tried using ArcScene but it appears there is a limit on how much data ArcScene can handle at one time. Each tile is 65-90MB in ...
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Displaying point data to reflect time/age

I have a layer of 3,000 points for a state, with each indicating the age of a specific type of building. What is a recommended visual display that effectively and equally highlights the age of these ...
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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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Raster to Vector

I want to map out moisture availability using satellite image but I do not know how to convert the raster image to a thematic map with limiting boundaries like state boundaries. I am using ArcGIS 9.3 ...
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How can a single line be computed from multiple possibilities

I have datasets containing continuous GPS streams of data that represent routes or trails. For any given route, I probably have at least 5 (in some cases many more) different sets of data. Given that ...
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How to adjust the granularity of a heat map in QGIS?

Not sure I am using the correct terminology here, so I have tried to describe my problem in detail. Please edit as needed. I have a layer of points, a layer of roads and a heat map in a raster layer. ...
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Building cartograms using Web GIS?

I would like to build a cartogram map using Web GIS. I have a basemap and a set of raw data in excel. I wondered what are the steps to build up a cartogram map using Web GIS? Note: Originally ...
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How to design class breaks for a time series of choropleth maps?

I'm working with a time series of choropleth maps showing the same indicator for the same administrative boundaries, but spanning period of nine years. What would be the most appropriate strategy of ...
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How to use/interpret/visualise a distance matrix with unknown coordinates?

How would you go about using a distance matrix where points have no coordinates, i.e. what useful statistics can be made and how to visualise it in some useful way?
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Examples of beautiful statewide maps that have a lot of layers (20+ layers)

I'm in the process of building a statewide map of all the transportation modes, waterways, and other information for a whooping total of 40 layers. I was wondering if you have seen print maps that ...
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Is it possible to add photo-realistic clouds in ArcGlobe animations?

This question asked about the best software to produce professional fly-through animations, and included a link to a nice video of the Grand Canyon. That video includes photo-realistic clouds in the ...
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How to visualize grd files in Quantum GIS?

How to visualize grd files in the software Quantum GIS?
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How to use cartodb.js with API key for privacy of data

I would like to use cartodb.js in my web page reproduce a visualization that I created at CartoDB. But I want to keep private my visualization and data at CartoDB (and I am going to secure my web ...