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Is it possible to have a dynamic table in a data driven page 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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How to convert coverage (.adf) to shapefile?

Is there any tool or software except ArcGIS which I can use for converting coverage (.adf) files to shapefiles?
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How to add automate values to attribute field?

I have parcel, Buildings layers, without any information attribute table, and i want to replace "NULL" values with numbers form 1 to 2000, in "Parcel ID", or "Building ID" field thank you.
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How to calculate distances in a point sequence?

I'm looking for help calculating the distance between a sequence of points that are in a single Shapefile in QGIS. Below is what my data look like and a blank distance column I've added to show how ...
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Rotating a vector layer in QGIS with qgsAffine (or other method)?

I would like to rotate a set of vector points in QGIS an arbitrary number of degrees around a central point (or arbitrary point). This is similar to a recent question about creating a regular grid; ...
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When do I need to use a proxy with OpenLayers?

When exactly do I need to use a proxy with openlayers? I've done a lot of reading on this but can't seem to find a difinitive answer. Wondering if this is the route of my problems. For instance, if I ...
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How to interpret GRASS v.kernel results?

GRASS manual reads: v.kernel - Generates a raster density map from vector points data using a moving 2D isotropic Gaussian kernel ... Ok, but how do I interpret the results? I understand that ...
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Programmatically start and stop map services with Python

Is it possible to programmatically stop and start ArcGIS Server map services using Python?
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How to reproject base layers in OpenLayers?

The issue is: I have vector/topo/image tiled maps for some places in north america which were published as ArcGIS Server REST service. These maps (A) are based in EPSG26912 projection. Now I wanna ...
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How to add links to PDFs in a Shapefile?

I have a problem. I want an attribute in a shape file named "Link" to add. The works are all fine. But then I would like to add a link in my directory. This link accesses a PDF. Now, this PDF is not ...
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How to Partition Line into Segments using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a shapefile of U.S. states. I extracted the boundary between two states, resulting in a line segment. For example, the boundary between Georgia and North Carolina. Is there a way to further ...
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How to Extract by Attribute Using ModelBuilder with User Input?

Using ModelBuilder, I want to create a tool that will let a user choose the value or values that will be used to extract a shapefile. I have a parcel layer with a "Parcel_Type" field. I want the user ...
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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 ...
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What are the FOSS equivalents to these ArcGIS products?

I'm a long-term user of ESRI software, and I now have a need to use free and open source software. I've been reading about Open Layers, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, GeoServer and MapServer but I can't find ...
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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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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 ...
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Alternatives to ArcGIS Online?

I am considering purchasing ArcGIS Online for a group of users who currently use about 5% of ArcGIS capabilities (ArcMap, simple map creation and information display) about 80% of the time. Primary ...
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What are Raster and Vector data in GIS and when to use?

What are raster and vector data in the GIS context? In general terms what applications, processes, or analysis are each suited for? (And not suited for!) In answering someone's question today, I ...
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Ways to Speed Up Python Scripts Running As ArcGIS Tools

This is a pretty general question. I just wondering what tips and tricks GIS programmers have used to speed up arcpy scripts that you import into the toolbox and run. I work most everyday writing ...
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How to find the minimum-area-rectangle for given points?

The following is another problem that I am working on it these days. As you see in the figure, (BTW, I tried to make it self-presenter) the question is: How to find the minimum-area-rectangle (MAR) ...
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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.
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Is WGS84 itself a Coordinate Reference System?

I was wondering the difference between WGS84 and EPSG:4326 (see this). Can then WGS84 on its own be defined as a Coordinate Reference System? Or is it just a datum so that a Coordinate System must ...
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Is there an open source Geocoding tool which can be used commercially?

Is there any Geocoding tool which is open source and can be used in commercial application? We tried Google geocoding API's but cannot continue with it because of some licensing limitation. Now ...
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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 I am still genuinely confused by what ArcGIS for Professionals is. I will admit that it looks pretty cool, and has ...
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What are the pros and cons of PostGIS geography and geometry types?

My company uses geometry (the_geom) data type for storing geospatial data. I've recently been acquainted to the concept of geography (the_geog) data type which, as I understand it, stores the SRID ...
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Is ArcSDE no longer needed at ArcGIS 10.1?

Through my frustration of not finding the post-installation wizard with ArcSDE 10.1 and being unsuccessful with the command line tool to start an SDE service on our SDE databases, I found I was able ...
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How to put GeoServer layers behind authentication?

I want to publish map layers using OpenLayers and GeoServer. While this is easy enough to set up, I'm a bit lost when it comes to authentication possibilities. What I want is to create different users ...
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Versioning with ArcSDE - Is it possible to cancel or reject edits once they've been posted?

I am using ArcGIS 9.3.1 and attempting to work with an SDE geodatabase (with one polygon feature class) that has already been registered as versioned. I'm new to versioning and am still trying to ...
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How to add an attribute field to an existing Shapefile via Python

I have a Python script that adds an attribute field to a Shapefile if doesn't exist. This is easy to do with ArcGIS (graphically or via Python), but I'm looking for something that doesn't depend on ...
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Converting SimpleGeo Places GeoJSON file to shapefile?

SimpleGeo has recently made their "Places" data set freely available which is GREAT, because now we can use it for our own purposes, even offline. So I went about downloading the 2GB dataset, which ...
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How to join attributes from nearest point in QGIS?

I have two layers with points, call them A and B, each with different attributes. For each point in A I want to join all the attributes from the nearest point in B. Ideally this would also include ...
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How do you decide what interpolation method to use for resampling raster data?

The question pretty much says it all; are there hard and fast rules about which interpolation methods are suited to each kind of raster data? Any Golden rules, rules of thumb? Good books or articles ...
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Which character encoding is used by the DBF file in shapefiles?

Which character-encoding is used by the dbf-file in Shape-files? It seems it is handled different, based on the program and the local encoding-settings of the machine. Which encoding is 'right' - ...
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What tools for regionalization/redistricting can you recommend?

I am looking for tools for regionalization / districting in GIS. So far I have been able to identify Districting ArcGIS extension (now also online) REDCAP (currently limited to 50k input polygons) ...
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Maximum number of point features in an OpenLayers vector layer

In your experience, how many point features can be added to an OpenLayers vector layer (new OpenLayers.Layer.Vector("Point Layer")) before it goes unusably slow? My use case is to display points from ...
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Are there any Indoor GIS platforms?

What sort of infrastructure is needed to allow me to write a simple mobile app for indoor navigation? Professor Mike Goodchild said: the average American only spends 13 percent of the time ...
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ESRI ArcMap Add-in with app.settings not recognizing app.config changes

I have an ESRI Add-in developed for ArcMap which requires a configuration file. After spending a while trying to read config values from a single App.Config file (and always getting null) I believe ...
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Comparing two Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from LAS files?

I have two Lidar las files, one is original let's say with X points. And the other is copy of the first las file but with Y points, where Y is less than X. Now, I want to compare how the Digital ...
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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 ...
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Creating a table containing all filenames (and possibly metadata) in a File Geodatabase

I need to create a metadata-table for all files in a File Geodatabase or Spatial Database. It would be awesome if it were possible to automatically be updated with new filenames, and possibly even ...
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How can I switch baselayers as a user zooms in to the map in OpenLayers

I have a map which overlays Open Street Map data on imagery for Pennsylvania. As a baselayer to the roads (and eventually other layers) I have two baselayers - Blue Marble NG and USGS EROS 1ft ...
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Migrating to Linux from Windows

I am looking at switching over a computer from Windows to Ubuntu. I have been a Windows user all my life and been using GIS for over a decade. I am curious about the migration to Ubuntu. Mostly, ...
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Specifications for GIS desktop hardware

I'm in the market for a new pc/laptop. Judging from what I've seen around here, a lot of people are discussing having a laptop for their personal GIS use. Portability is not an issue for me, so I'm ...
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Suggestions for simple mapping platform for alumni web site

I'm working on a proof of concept alumni site with a WordPress backend. I want to have a very simple map that shows where alumni are living. I'm thinking something like the Bing API or a simple open ...
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How to check Topology in QGIS?

I have two Shapefiles with Polygons ( City and Forerst) Is there a Plugin who is able check the topology (QGIS)? Like "Knots do not overlap" or something like that? I dont want that they overlap. ...
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How to count and rasterize polygon overlaps in ArcGIS?

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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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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Join non-spatial CSV to spatial data in QGIS

I have a csv 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 csv with ...
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How to reproject a raster file in QGIS with datum transformation?

I want to reproject a tiff raster file from projection A (ETRS89/UTM Zone 32) to projection B (DHDN/Gauss-Kruger zone 2). The two projections have a different datum so I have to use a datum ...
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Define Workspace for SDE Connection in Python

How do we define SDE Connection for workspace in Python Scripting. Its urgent please need your suggestion. Thanks

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