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Using artistic and scientific principles for creating maps and graphically representing geographic areas

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Can I sell maps to third parties if I have Google Earth Pro License?

Not sure if this question is suitable for SE but I can't find answers anywhere else. I work as a GIS Analyst for a mining company that has its own GEPro license. As part of my job, I make PDF maps, ...
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R cartography package colored pencil - Get Pencil Layer problem

I'm trying the R cartography package. Had to work to find a US state shapefile that would like to work with the cartography stuff - many seemed too big, etc.. I seemed to get everything going well, ...
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I have a very large feature class I would like to symbolize for a basemap, but having issues with performance

Im using ArcMap 10.5 to make an ArcReader map viewer for my office. For the basemap, im using data sourced from an Open Street Map data extract. I would like to display buildings polygons as just ...
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Criteria for cartographic capacity [closed]

For a paper at university i am trying to create a catalogue for cartographic capacity of different GIS programs, especially open source like QGIS and so on The aim of this is to eventually have a ...
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Customising QGIS Map Composer default output directory and file name suffix?

I am using QGIS for map making , I am adding multiple vector and raster layers and then finally for map making I am moving to the map composer. When I am exporting the map from Map composer , I want ...
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Choice of Cartographic Font

I am currently trying to choose suitable fonts for a map. A very time consuming experience - actually too time consuming as i´m not a trained typographer and will inevitably make all the classic ...
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Unable to dynamically locate map boundary coordinates in OSM/Leaflet

I have been trying for the past hour to take the coordinates of the map edge in a OSM/leaflet application I am making. While I can get the coordinates of the center, and I can get the coordinates of ...
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Implementing ringmaps in ArcGIS Desktop

In a recent article by Stewart and colleagues in IJHG I stumbled upon interesting technique of visualizing data using ringmaps. Some more information referenced in the article about this technique ...
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How to simplify and generalise global data for cartography?

I have a TIFF that shows biodiversity and I want to create a nicely looking cartography output. The data look like this If you can observe there are a lot of 'dots' and things can get a bit messy ...
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How to style points in QGIS based on multiple attributes

While trying to find a useful way having earthquakes displayed, I noticed that it isn't that easy to manage. I'd like to be able to recognize the "Magnitude", "Date", and "Depth" from the style of ...
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Making curved stroke shape of polygon

I have a lot of polygons representing Forest land use type. Is it possible to style these polygons in such a way like on this picture? Example polygon I have now: So the polygon doesn't have edges, ...
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Set NaN values to Transparent in Matlab 'geoshow' function?

I am trying to plot rainfall values in MATLAB using geoshow function. NaN values should be transparent in the map. However, the plot I am getting comes with dark blue color for NaN values. I have ...
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Issue with QGIS 3.4.4 Atlas legend not showing all map items

I have a layer within my project that has been filtered to show the associated point with the associated Atlas feature: But when in composer view and there are both point types within an Atlas ...
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Designing Borders with QGIS

My task is to reproduce a map of a specific place. The problem are the borders which I can´t reproduce in QGIS. The attached picture shows the line. It looks like a polygon filled with slashes. ...
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Thematic map made in QGIS [closed]

I made a thematic map of carbon stock in Russian Federation in 2017 year. I am not a cartographer and geographer at all. What should I do with this map to make it more professional? Could you send ...
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Mapping coastline geometry with SRTM raster?

Working on a map that includes a bathymetry layer, SRTM data for hillshade, and an accurate coastline boundary edge. I noticed though that the pixel resolution of SRTM 90m resolution creates visible ...
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What typeface is used for County Boroughs on OS 6" to Mile Maps?

I came across this wonderful typeface on an OS 6" to Mile map (from National Library of Scotland): By perusing the Characteristics Sheet it looks like it is representing a county borough (or country ...
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How to Zoom in QGIS Print Composer Without a Scroll Wheel

I am attempting to print a simple map from QGIS in portrait orientation. When I use the "Add New Map" tool it brings the map in at an extent which matches my original data frame if I were to use ...
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How to plot a full hemispheric orthographic projection in R

I want to make a plot like that using R: All I want is the country borders as seen from outer space, no fancy colors needed. It seems I need to use the spTransform function, but it gives me a "non ...
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How to convert a spatialpolygon to a SpatialPolygonsDataFrame and add a column to the attribute table

coast<-readShapeSpatial("coastline.shp") landc<-readShapeSpatial("landcover.shp") ro<-readShapeSpatial("roads.shp") bc<-gBuffer(ro,width=100) landc$ratings=1 landc$ratings[landc$LANDUSE_ID=...
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How to achieve Gradient Fills in ArcMap?

Does anyone know of a native way to achieve the gradient fills like the ones in the attached picture (map_1)? The circular and rectangular fills that I see already in ArcGIS' symbology choices don't ...
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How to produce a better inset map in ArcMap?

Attached is an example of a generic inset map designed in ArcMap 10. For all the wonderful things that this software can accomplish, there has to be a more sophisticated way to produce better looking ...
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Label or font colors on an imagery background examples

I have been in searching of a website that was done by somebody from ESRI that wrote about...if I remember right...it was in either on the ArcGIS Mapping Center or in the ESRI Technical support ...
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How to create a user map from CSV?

I dont even know if QGIS is the right program for what I need.. What I need: I need a program with maps(Denmark to be specific), that I could feed with a database of users through a CSV file.. e.g. ...
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Seeking comprehensive information on how to create beautiful and artistic cartography? [closed]

In many circumstances I experienced how powerful maps can be because a key decision maker just enjoys looking at a beautiful representation of facts instead of reading 10 pages of text. I have a ...
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Generate concentric polygons using Turf

I'm interested in trying to reproduce this kind of cartography in a Mapbox/Turf/vector tile stack: I would start with the polygon for the lake edge, and generate a series of concentric polygons ...
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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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How to use a regression equation to create a map in QGIS?

I have been working on creating an exposure map based on measures taken at fixed points. I want to extrapolate the results to a grid to get an exposure map (air pollution data) for a region based on ...
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Adjusting flow map styles in QGIS 2

In one project, I am trying to adopt marvellous styles for flow maps created by @underdark a.k.a. Anita Graser. At this moment I have the following output Shapefile was created with the usage of ...
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Name multiple authors on a map [closed]

Is it: Authors: John Doe, Jane Doe or Author: John Doe, Jane Doe. It is a small difference, but I wondered how to do it correctly.
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Formula for Nicolosi Globular Projection

What is the formula for the Nicolosi Globular projection? In other words, what is the function that maps the coordinate (φ, λ) on the sphere to the coordinate (x, y) on the plane? Example of a ...
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Why don't shapefiles online contain the coastline (country borders)?

I have searched everywhere and Geofabric has the best packages of shps yet doesn't have the coastline of countries. I'm talking about the line that demarcates a country i suppose they are called ...
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Automatic bus route map without overlaps

I'm working with drawing maps of all bus routes in a defined area (municipality) in QGIS. I have a problem about showing two routes with the geometry (the same road) parallel. I know it's possible to ...
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Masking layers by a vector polygon layer in QGIS

I have a vector layer of buildings: and a polygon layer coloured by some quantity: and I want to mask one by the other to produce this: This can be done by setting the blend mode to "Multiply" with ...
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Plot beachball (focal mechanism) for earthquake in QGIS?

I'm drawing earthquakes on the map using QGIS and I need to plot focal mechanism by beach balls. I don't want to use svg because it need to transform new locations on the map. Is there a plugin or ...
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Creating Bivariate choropleth map a.k.a. Relationship map in QGIS [duplicate]

There is one polygon layer with the number of "immigrants" and "emigrants" respectively. I want to visualize those two values together. Diagram with both normalized values is not an option because the ...
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Making bivariate colour ramp with QGIS?

Many recent maps I have seen have these neat two-way color gradients that can be used to color correlations between continuous estimates. Here is an example is taken from a recent publication. ...
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What does “faceting” mean in a geo/map context?

I saw some folks talking about "faceting" in relation to a map data display, what does this mean in general terms? Examples?
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Labeling (one-way) streets in QGIS?

I followed instructions in this answer to Creating Directional Flow Arrows for sewer lines? to add directional arrows to the one-way streets on a map I'm creating. I've currently created a marker ...
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Define new pattern for linestyles in ArcGIS Online

How can I create new patterns for linestyles in ArcGIS online? Currently, it seems that I can only choose from 5 patterns. I would like to create line patterns such as
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Cartographic techniques for symbolizing routing data [closed]

Some common problems with displaying routes created from street data, such as bus routes, include: Routes may overlap themselves, such as when a route takes the same road in opposite directions ...
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Leaflet - map.fitBounds() / map.getBoundsZoom() BROKEN after resizing map?

https://jsfiddle.net/MaxHeadroom/s6h40xrn/ If you resize the map size, the zoom level should be adapted to always show the orange rectangle at maximum possible size. But fitBounds seems to be broken ...
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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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Choosing method for labeling graduated data that is space efficient? [closed]

Could someone recommend the best standard approach to labeling graduated data ranges? I was thinking of the following but would like to know if this is industry standard: Less than 0 >0 - 100 &...
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Linearized map of rivers - what is this called? [closed]

I am looking for a "linearized overview" map (as in the figure below) of the Brahmaputra river. I don't know the exact name of this type of map. Do you have any suggestion on what I should look for, ...
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Using directional shading on boundaries for cartographic effect in ArcGIS Desktop?

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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Representing overlapping lines in ArcGIS Desktop? [duplicate]

I have lots of lines (in one feature class) which share the same location but I want to represent them as lines that are next to each other because they have different properties (different OWNERS). ...
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Citing data on map layout?

I am working on a thematic site map for a scientific study. In addition to my own data that will be displayed on the map, I have included reference data from U.S. federal agencies (e.g. National ...
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Plot only the borders of the states excluding the national boundary

Is there a way I can just plot the boundaries if the states excluding the national boundary of the US? I have both nation as well as state shape files from the census data. I would preferably like to ...
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Examples of cartographic 'jokes'

In the July 2017 edition of Swiss Review, a publication for Swiss living abroad, the cover feature was on Swiss Cartography. With my interest in GIS this obviously sent me straight to the article. ...

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