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Splitting shapefile into separate shapefiles for each feature using QGIS/GDAL/SAGA?

I have a polyline shapefile with about 20 kinds of roads. I would like to know how can I create automatically a vector file for each one. I am aware of how to do it using ArcGIS for Desktop - see ...
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Comparison of the different open source GIS servers

I currently know the following open source GIS servers: Geoserver: java based, vector and bitmap support, also supports. Is now on par with mapserver (performance-wise). mapserver: c/c++, used to be ...
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How can I effectively debug arcpy Python scripts?

I have written many Python scripts using arcpy in ArcGIS 10, and so far my only means of debugging is restricted to printing messages to the geoprocessing results window using arcpy.AddMessage(). Are ...
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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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How can I generate irregular grid containing minimum n points?

Given a large (~ 1 million) sample of unevenly distributed points - is it possible to generate irregular grid (in size, but could also be irregular in shape if that is possible?) that will contain ...
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Discontinuous or Interrupted map projections?

Do any of the current open source GIS softwares support discontinous projection systems? E.g. sinusoidal, dymaxion, butterfly, etc? If not, are there any affordable commercial ones that do (affordable ...
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Calculate distortion outside a UTM zone

One of my colleagues is working with data that is spread across two UTM zone. The majority of the data is in one zone, with a few outliers in another zone. He would like to know what the area ...
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How to import a DWG into a QGIS project?

I have a lot of DWG files like base map, and water and wastewater network. I am lookin for the principal steps to import my files into my QGIS project.
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How do I create point features with exact coordinates?

How do I create point features with exact (manually entered) coordinates in QGIS? I get precise GPS coordinates from a survey team which I need to add to a point layer. What I want: -Add point, type ...
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How can I convert an excel file with x, y columns to a shapefile?

How can I convert an excel file with x, y columns to a point shapefile? There are some somewhat optional requirements in addition to the correct creation of a shapefile: Column types (as per ...
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How to calculate the intersection of 2 Circles?

I'm trying to figure out how to mathematically derive the common points of two intersecting circles on earth's surface given a center Lat/Lon and a radius for each point. Ex. Given: Lat/Lon ...
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Extract raster values at points

How can I extract values from a raster by points. I prefer not in Arcgis. I prefer in Qgis or Mapwindow or other open source gis.
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How to change feature class and field aliases in bulk?

I have over a hundred FCs, each with 10 or 20 attributes to add or change the aliases for, two or more times a year. Needless to say, this is not something I'm going to grunt my way through. How can I ...
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How to create points in a specified distance along the line in QGIS?

I want to use QGIS creating points along the line, but in specified distance. I found two GRASS tools in SEXTANTE Toolbox: v.to.points v.segment I tried v.to.points, setting the maximum distance ...
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Converting GeoPDF to vector format like CAD or shapefile?

I want to convert a GeoPDF that has vectors entity in it to a vector format and preserve the real coordinates of these vectors. The GeoPDF has been exported from ArcMap and has layers in it. I have ...
8
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How to get “.GDB” Esri File Geodatabase in QGIS for MAC OSX 10.6?

I understand there are programs like OSGeo4W that allow windows users to work with File Geodatabases, but is there something similar for Mac OSX?
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Cannot run standalone QGIS script

I've been trying, along with this post, to run a script in OSGeo4w Shell, outside of QGIS. But I get the following error: ImportError: No module named qgis.core I have also read the following ...
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2answers
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Viewing .las format LIDAR data in QGIS?

Is there an easy path to visualizing this LIDAR data? I have QGIS, and some USGS LIDAR data in (.las) format downloaded from http://lidar.cr.usgs.gov/ . This means I have both the (.las) and ...
2
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2answers
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GDAL2Tiles: MapTiles from BSB/KAP are Switched

As an example I have a BSB file from NOAA which is a navigational map. The map has a SRS of WGS84 and a Mercator projection. I initially translate the file from BSB format to GTiff format using the ...
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How do I convert a Polygon into a single or all Points?

I want to convert polygons into points. I know how it's done in ArcGis and I think this may sound trivial but it's a serious issue :/. I'll appreciate any hints :)
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2answers
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How to reproject a vector layer in QGIS?

I have some shape file which is in UTM. I wanted them to convert to Decimal Degrees in QGIS. Thanks.
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2answers
981 views

Identify the latitudinal and longitudinal point directly beneath an object in space

Given the azimuth and altitude / latitude and longitude from the observer to the satellite, how can I accurately find the latitude and longitude of the point of intersection directly under the ...
5
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2answers
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How to sort a feature class and then calculate a sequential ID field?

I am in ArcMap and I want to sort the records based on a field and then do a Calculate Field with an auto-incrementing value with the sort in-place. Any ideas? It looks like I could get an update ...
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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 ...
4
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2answers
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How to automatically reload raster layers if source is changed in QGIS?

How to automatically reloaded raster layer if source is changed? (The path is the same but inside source file are changes) I use: qgis.utils.iface.mapCanvas().refresh() but layer not refresh. # ...
2
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2answers
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Iterate through multiple Raster files and compute statistics using Zonal Statistics

I have a large number of raster images. What I'd like to do is to compute statistics on different sections of these raster files using a polygon. I think everyone is suggesting Zonal statistics. ...
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1answer
628 views

Apportion Neighborhood Information to Census Tracts

I have a shapefile of census tracts and another shapefile of "neighborhoods" with values that I need to have joined to the census tracts. I know I need to apportion the area of the neighborhood ...
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What are some Free and Open Source GIS Desktop packages

Can someone please give me a list of free and open source GIS desktop packages?
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Creating drive time polygons using open source tools

Is anyone using open source tools and/or data to generate drive time polygons that radiate out from a given location? For example, I have used ESRI products like Network Analyst and Business Analyst ...
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Seeking options for Spatial ETL (Extract, Transform, Load)?

I am interested in the pro's and con's of various spatial ETL (extract, transform, load) tools. If you have used the items listed here (or add your own), please share your opinions and experiences. ...
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Representation of network flows

This is a sample transportation network flow I've done a year ago based on 26 zones. For a project I'm working on now, I need to represent the flows over 1,000 zones with directionality. Any ...
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6answers
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How to convert image of map into vector format?

What is the best way of converting a gif of a map into a vector format, such as a shapefile? The only relevant parts that I am interested in are the outline of the island so I realize some manual ...
21
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6answers
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Trilateration using 3 latitude and longitude points, and 3 distances

I want to find out an unknown target location (latitude and longitude co-ordinates). There are 3 known points (latitude and longitude co-ordinate pairs) and for each point a distance in kilometers to ...
27
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2answers
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How to change the SRID of exisisting data in PostGIS?

While importing my shapefile data to PostGIS, I did not select the proper Projection. How do I now change the SRID of the data, without transforming the Coordinates?
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3answers
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How to convert ArcGIS .mxd file to QGIS .qgs file?

I recently tried to use QGIS and I wondered if you can convert a draft ArcGIS map (*.mxd file) into a QGIS project (*.qgs file). This would avoid thematize the entire project.
19
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1answer
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How to draw perpendicular lines in QGIS?

I have a situation like this: What I need to do is to connect each point to every line that is at most, let's say 200 m, away from the point. In other words, I need to draw a perpendicular line ...
11
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1answer
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How do I calculate the latitude and longitude of points using QGIS?

I'm trying to figure out how to calculate the lat/long of points using the QGIS field calculator. Is there an easy way to do this? I saw a previous related question, but it deals with a more advanced ...
27
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4answers
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How to use directional shading on boundaries for cartographic effect?

The attached screenshot of a National Geographic map shows some beautiful directional shading of boundaries. I'm trying to reproduce this sort of shading for a burn perimeter map, as I want to ...
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4answers
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How do GIS web apps work?

I am completely new to GIS and therefore have questions regarding how the GIS Web development should be made, because the entire concept still confuses me. So, imagine I have a map. And by this, i ...
14
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2answers
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How to make a separate Python installation that can call ArcGIS' arcpy?

I see a lot of threads asking how you can create a separate Python installation (e.g. the Anaconda or Python XY distribution) that can use arcpy, while not 'breaking' the original ArcGIS python ...
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How to convert ArcGIS Server JSON to GeoJSON?

I'm creating a web map using Leaflet, and I want to be able to grab feature layers from our ArcServer. I have successfully been able to retrieve a feature class as JSON, but Esri's JSON objects don't ...
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LatLon or LonLat, what's the “right” way to display coordinates and inputs?

I'm trying to get a sense if this is an issue for others or every input/output should be labeled so user is not confused and just go with it? I think almost everyone pronounces it as "LatLon". Who ...
22
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4answers
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Separate polygons based on intersection using PostGIS

I have a PostGIS table of polygons where some intersect with one another. This is what I'm trying to do: For a given polygon selected by id, give me all of the polygons that intersect. Basically, ...
21
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5answers
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How to create regular point grid inside a polygon in Postgis?

How to create, inside a polygon, a regular grid of point spaced x,y in postgis? Like the example:
12
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3answers
4k views

Land Cover Feature Extraction from Satellite Imagery

I'm interested in a low-cost or open source solution for creating land cover GIS layers that utilize both spectral and textural extraction algorithms. I have used PCI Geomatica, ENVI, and Feature ...
9
votes
4answers
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Connecting line features and determining the length of the longest line

I have a line feature (see image) representing a river that I created using the Stream_to_Feature tool. The attribute table contains several records representing different lines - the problem is the ...
28
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3answers
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How to make a spatial view in PostGIS and add it as a layer in QGIS?

In PostGIS 2.0, what is the most efficient way to create a spatially enabled view that is viewable in QGIS? I followed the context of Part 2 of @Mike Toews answer to this question, and the view ...
25
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1answer
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How to install a QGIS plugin when offline?

Due to various IT policies at my workplace, QGIS is installed on a machine that is not connected to the internet. I wish to install a couple of QGIS plugins on this system. I have downloaded the ...
8
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6answers
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Get a point on a polyline from end points given distance along poly line

I have start point and end point of a polyline. How can I get a point on that polyline from end points specified by the given distance. How can I get this by using arcpy provided that this script ...
20
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3answers
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How to call gdal_translate from Python code?

Is it possible to use some gdal API to call gdal_translate from Python code? I do not mean simply executing the gdal_translate.py from the file system, but rather call it somehow in code so I do not ...

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