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How to calculate Network Service Areas in QGIS?

Is there any way in QGIS to apply service area buffers e.g if I have a point on a map I wish to show the service coverage of 1 mile, 2 mile, 3 mile, breaks using the road network?
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Nearest neighbor between point layer and line layer?

I've asked this question several times on stackoverflow and irc between #qgis and #postgis and I also tried to code it or implement it my self in postgis with no real answer. Using programming (most ...
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Is there a source for historical shapefiles and tiles?

Is there a source for historical shapefiles and tiles? Like the ancient Greece/Rome, medieval Europe and Japan? Ideally with multiple snapshots during different periods in their development, since ...
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How do I load OSM vector data in QGIS 2.x?

In QGIS 1.8 I used the openstreetmap plugin to request data from the server, or open a .osm XML file, which produced 3 layers (polygons, polylines and points) in QGIS. This was great (give or take the ...
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Looking for system specifications for a modern GIS workstation [closed]

My current employer has given me the opportunity to design my own GIS workstation. The problem is I have no idea what is important when it comes to hardware! I have been given a datasheet from Fujitsu ...
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Creating DEM from contours in QGIS?

Is it possible to make a DEM from contours in QGIS? I have a shp file (contours) and their heights, can I use QGIS for produce a DEM without using GRASS? I found this creating a dem from contours ...
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GIS data for fast food industry

I am working a small project related to fast food industry. I am trying find GIS data for fast food chains like subway, MC Donald's, Arby's, etc in state of Ohio. Basically, I am looking for point ...
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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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ogr2ogr convert all shapefiles in a directory

I have a directory with several shapefiles. How can convert all these shapefiles to MapInfo with ogr2ogr. I know how I can convert one file. And I can make a batch script writing a line for each file. ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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Creating table containing all filenames (and possibly metadata) in File Geodatabase?

I need to create a metadata-table for all files in a File Geodatabase or Spatial Database. Is it possible to automatically be updated with new filenames, and possibly even metadata (as created in ...
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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.exe from the file system, but rather call it somehow in code so I do not ...
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2answers
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Which function for creating a POINT in PostGIS?

When defining a Point in PostGIS, when do you decide to use which of the following? ST_SetSRID(ST_MakePoint(lon,lat),4326) ST_SetSRID(ST_Point(long,lat),4326) ST_SetSRID(ST_GeomFromText('POINT(lon ...
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2answers
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How to count and rasterize polygon overlaps in ArcGIS Desktop?

How do you take a vector layer with overlapping polygons and turn it into a raster where each cell counts the number of polygons containing that cell? We are looking at polygons of fire burn areas ...
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Displaying dynamic table in Data Driven Pages environment?

I am creating a map series that has many polygons per sheet. There is annotation for the polygons however some polygons are very small with no annotation for them (annotation would completely hide a ...
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4answers
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Joining non-spatial CSV file to spatial data (shapefile) using QGIS?

I have a CSV file which has postcode data in a field, but it is non-spatial e.g. no Easting and Northing. I have a shapefile with postcode in a field and some additional data. I want to join the ...
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4answers
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Elevation profile 10 km each side of a line

How can I get an elevation profile for a band of terrain? The highest elevation within 10 km (on each side of the defined line) should be taken into account. I hope my question is clear. Thank you ...
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3answers
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Basic If/Then in Python Parser of ArcGIS Field Calculator?

I am using ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop, and I've been looking through this site, and can't seem to figure out my answer yet. Very new to VBA and Python, but lots of years with ArcGIS. I know I can do ...
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4answers
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Viewing .las format LIDAR data in QGIS?

Is there an easy path to visualizing LIDAR data in QGIS? I have some USGS LIDAR data in .las format downloaded from http://lidar.cr.usgs.gov/. This means I have both the .las and metadata in .xml ...
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2answers
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How to convert .shp into .gpx using QGIS?

I'm newbie using QGIS. I would like to convert .shp into .gpx. So, using Qgis, I open my shapefile and I tried to "save as" gpx but it gives an OGR error: creation of field ObjectId failed (OGR ...
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6answers
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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 ...
14
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2answers
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How can I create weighted Thiessen polygons?

I have a point shape file and I create Thiessen (Voronoi) polygons programmatically using this scripting syntax: CreateThiessenPolygons_analysis (in_features, out_feature_class, fields_to_copy) ...
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5answers
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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 ...
11
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1answer
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How to write standalone Python scripts using QGIS?

I've been learning how to use the Python Console in QGIS using references from qgisworkshop.org. I'm familiar with writing standalone scripts in ArcGIS and want to learn how to do the same with QGIS. ...
11
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2answers
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Is there a QGIS equivalent of the erase tool in ArcGIS?

Is there a QGIS equivalent of the Erase tool in ArcGIS for Desktop?
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3answers
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How to apply the four colors theorem in a polygon map in ArcGIS/ArcToolBox automatcally?

I need to apply the four colors theorem in a polygonal shape in a way that I do not need to choose manually each color to put in each region. I wish to knows if there is any extension, plug-in, script ...
12
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1answer
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Understanding QGIS buffer tool units?

I have been trying to figure this out for a couple weeks now and have had no luck getting the buffer tool to accept anything but degrees as units of measure. I have found lots of stuff saying the ...
10
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5answers
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How to change the order of features in a shapefile?

I have a shapefile and I want to change the order of the features. Is that possible?
9
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6answers
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How to georeference a dxf?

I have got myself a dxf which is built with units in the wrong scale. How do I upscale that in QGIS? Note it does open in QGIS, just in the wrong map units and location.
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2answers
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Colouring areas between (vector) contours?

Is it possible to colour areas between (vector) contours without making it a DEM first? Joshdoe seems to have done so in Create filled contour map with GRASS but does not say how.
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How to convert LAS to GRID/Raster for ArcGIS input?

I was wondering if there is an option to convert LAS (LIDAR data) to raster or GRID format that ArcGIS could read it.
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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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free GIS software that can orthorectify?

Would someone care to recommend a free and/or open source GIS application that can orthorectify map images?
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5answers
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How to perform Raster Reclassification in QGIS?

Is there a way to perform a reclassify of a raster image in QGIS? In ArcGIS you can do that in Spatial analyst Tools→Reclass→Reclassify Any ideas?
9
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1answer
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How to compute the bounding box of multiple layers in lat/long?

I am writing an application to performance test all kinds of map services, primarily AGS 9.x, AGS 10, and WMS 1.x. Part of the application involves generating random bounding boxes for individual ...
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6answers
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How to calculate the maximum distance within a polygon in x-direction (east-west direction) in PostGIS?

I am interested in the maximum width of a polygon, e.g. a lake, in the east-west direction. Bounding boxes will help only in simple polygons but not in complex concave polygons.
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1answer
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Adding automated values to attribute field?

I have parcel and buildings layers. In their attribute tables I want to replace "NULL" values with numbers from 1 to 2000, in "Parcel ID", or "Building ID" field. How can I do this in ArcGIS ...
6
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2answers
894 views

Normalizing point cloud data

How I can get Digital Height Model (only object heights, DSM - DTM = DHM)? Many applications can do this, but they convert it to GRID or TIN format. I was wondering if it was possible to keep the ...
2
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3answers
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Data-defined Styles in QGIS

I have downloaded a shapefile of bedrock geology. I need it to be displayed as it should be with the style applied. The supplier will no give me a qml. but i have noticed in the .dbf file the Cyan ...
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2answers
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Using Geodesic Measurements for Circle Radii?

I am currently developing an OpenLayers mapping site. Measurements can be made using a line tool, and an area tool. Both of these are currently set to calculate geodesic measurements as outlined in ...
8
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2answers
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Raster generalization - buffers in rasters, expand pixels?

Is it possible to create buffers for pixels of raster files? Actually I need to expand the pixels classified as 1 (in white in the figure) with a spatial range of 1 or 2 pixels, in order to perform ...
2
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1answer
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Opening Esri Personal Geodatabase (*.mdb) using QGIS?

Is it possible to open an Esri Personal Geodatabase (*.mdb; ArcGIS 10.2) in QGIS 2.6? Previous versions were right.
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15answers
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Resources for learning Python programming with generic GIS goals in mind?

In your opinion, what is the best book/site to learn Python with GIS goals in mind? By "best", I mean: not very long (book) easy to understand (book/site) good practical examples (book/site) For ...
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Best practices for PostGIS production environments?

What PostGIS documentation have you come across that has been helpful when tuning PostGIS for a production environment? I would like to get together with my DBA to setup a Postgresql/PostGIS ...
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10answers
8k views

What are useful websites for scouting GIS related jobs?

What are useful websites for scouting GIS related jobs?
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6answers
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Downloading OpenStreetMap Data

Is there a straightforward way to download data from OpenStreetMap (OSM)? Using North America as an example, I realize Cloudmade (http://downloads.cloudmade.com/north_america) and geofabrik (http://...
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6answers
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Creating polyline-based “heatmap” from GPS tracks?

This winter I am planning to track my downhill skiing/snowboarding using a GPS. Most of my riding will occur at the same resort. I would like to be able to create a sort of "heatmap" that shows the ...
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2answers
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How to run a simple python script for QGIS from outside (e.g. Sublime Text)?

I would like to run a few small and simple python scripts for QGIS (Mac) from "outside" of QGIS. With outside I mean in this context, either the normal os command line (terminal.app) or even better, ...
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6answers
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What are Esri's new “ArcGIS for Professionals” and “ArcGIS Pro”?

After looking through all the stuff that was released or talked about at the Esri UC 2013 I am still genuinely confused by what ArcGIS for Professionals is. I will admit that it looks pretty cool, ...
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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 ...

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