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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 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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Visual Impact Assessment in QGIS or GRASS

Is it possible using QGIS or GRASS to perform a Zone of Visual Impact assessment? E.g. where can a 100m high structure be seen at a viewing height of 1.8m within 30km, taking into account elevation ...
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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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How can I switch line direction in QGIS?

Something that is hopefully pretty easy. I would like to be able to swap the direction of a polyline/line in QGIS. I made a custom tool to do this in MapInfo a couple of years ago, however I can't ...
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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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What is the difference between WGS84 and EPSG4326?

What is the difference between WGS 84 and EPSG 4326? It seems like for a given dataset it might be both WGS 84 and EPSG 4326.
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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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How can I measure area from geographic coordinates?

If I have polygons in geographic coordinates (WGS84), how do I measure the total area each takes on the surface of the earth, taking into account the curvature of the earth?
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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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665 views

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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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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Using polygons to apply unique value to all raster cells within those polygons?

In ArcGIS 9.3, I have a raster file that I would like to "mask" with polygons, giving a single value to all the raster cells that overlap the polygons. How can I do this? Here's a screen shot, ...
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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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How to access file geodatabase in Qgis? [duplicate]

How does one access data from an Esri file geodatabase in Quantum GIS? I've seen snippets of conversation that indicate it's possible with qgis 1.7+ and gdal 1.9+ but no clear recipe. I recognize ...
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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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Obtaining extent of each polygon in shapefile?

In arcgis 10 and python I want to get the extent (xmax, ymax, xmin, ymin) info of each of the polygons in a shape file. I can get the extent of the whole shape file using ...
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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 ...
7
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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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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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How to proxy Geoserver through Apache in Windows

i am using apache web server on localhost:80 and geoserver served from jetty servlet on localhost:8888. i want to setup a proxy to redirect the requests such that requests to localhost/geoserver are ...
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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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Voronoi polygons that run out to infinity

I have been working on implementing the voronoi.py script (Bill Simon's translation of Steve Fortune's code). According to the QGIS link it is basically the same code that I am working with, but the ...
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Convert GeoPDF to a vector format

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 ...
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Is it possible to export GeoPDF from QGIS?

Is their any plugin for QGIS which would help me in exporting the map document as a GeoPDF ?
10
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875 views

Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python?

Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python? I'd like to write a script to do some geoprocessing, and I'd like to use the clip, regular points and convex hull tools in fTools, as well as the Road ...
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How to find the locations of the highest values in a raster?

Using ArcGIS 10, I have a raster where I would like to find the pixel with the maximum value in the raster and return its location (center of pixel) in decimal degrees. I would like to iterate through ...
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Using PostgreSQL with QGIS and ArcGIS?

Is it possible to use PostgreSQL with QGIS and ArcGIS? i.e. one database for different clients. Is it anything that I have worry or any problems to use the DBMS from two different software? I know ...
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Site to download al USGS Topo Maps in bulk

I am trying to create seamless topomap WMS or TMS layer that covers the entire US (not interested in geo-pdfs). To do that, I need either the rasters (geo-tiffs, etc) or preferably vectors (whatever ...
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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 using ArcMap?
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1answer
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OpenLayers Plugin Error: latitude or longitude exceeded limits

I'm aware the 'traceback' OpenLayers plugin error has been dealt with before, so apologies for raising the issue once again. Unfortunately for me, the solutions posted were way over my head, e.g. ...
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Interpretation of ArcGIS Kernel Density legend parameters

In ArcMap 9.3 I've used Kernel Density to map various incidents, but the resulting shapefile doesn't display any units of measurement. Is there a good, not-to-technical source that would explain in ...
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How much Water on Earth(USGS) : A Wrong Map representation?

I happened to read a USGS article, How much water is there on, in, and above the Earth? showing a representation of all the water(which includes water from Oceans, Seas,Bays,Ice caps, Glaciers, ...
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952 views

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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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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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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Tutorials for geoserver

Do you know any sources from where i can learn how to use geoserver? I know this two sites: http://geoserver.org/ - which in fact is not working (at list at the moment) ...
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1answer
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How to crop Shapefiles in QGIS?

I need to clip a large and very detailed .shp file in QGIS showing environmental data similar to a temperature map. Is there something like the very simple crop tool alike in photoshop where you can ...
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Why don't my Shapefiles and OSM data overlap in Quantum GIS?

So I'm pretty new to GIS, and I'm working on a mapping project using data for Vancouver, Canada. I want to combine Open Street Map data along with data provided by the City of Vancouver. But the City ...
5
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1answer
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Shortest distance from point to line (big dataset)

What is the best method to calculate the distance from the nearest road for a series of address points in QGIS, having a very big dataset? (QGIS 2.0.1, Win XP) I read the answers to previous similar ...
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1answer
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Elseif Conditional Statement in QGIS Field Calculator

I am trying to write an ELSEIF conditional statement in QGIS Field Calculator (version 1.8.0). I have used an example I found online: CASE WHEN val < 0 THEN 'negative' WHEN val = 0 THEN ...

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