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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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What User Testing techniques do you use?

In producing dynamic maps for students/users I have found the time invested in user testing well worth it. I use a varient of think aloud protocol called hallway testing. I grab any 2 or 3 likely ...
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How is GIS used in landscape architecture?

I was wandering, if out there somewhere are people that use GIS extensively in the field of landscape architecture (or closely related) and how do they use it? May be some examples of work, maps, ...
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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 would be a good symbol for the map legend itself?

I am reformatting a mobile web map. Many of our users are equipped with mobile phones rather than large tablets, so screen real estate is at a premium. I've decided to remove the legend from default ...
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Best design for Open Source Python / PostGIS prototype

I am writing a data intensive web application that is delivered through apache. My question is about how to best arrange processing given that there are multiple options. I have at my disposal ...
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What are the essential elements of a cartouche, if any…?

I'm trying to design artistic cartouches for some maps that show traditional knowledge locations from specific First Nations in Canada so the cartouche's will reflect their Nation's identity, culture, ...
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Looking for advice regarding solar potential applications

I have the task of looking into whether it is possible to build a solar potential application which would inform the user whether a roof is suitable for solar panels and a brief report about the roof´...
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Roadmap to creating a GIS? [closed]

Got asked that today in a job interview, I replied with the usual : Gather Data : what data do we want, do we possess it ? If not how to do we acquire it, etc. Database : after we have successfully ...
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Auto-calculate field (area or formula)

I'm wondering if anyone has any insight into the potential to auto-calculate the value of a field, either area or distance (ideally) or a formula (based on the values of say 2 other fields, or an ...
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Designing Better Maps

Using this chart, enhanced my presentations and presentation skills: found on Extreme Presentation Method. How would you modify this chart to be directly related to map design?
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Middle Earth Tolkien map style trees and mountain symbols in QGIS?

In QGIS I'm having trouble replicating the trees and mountains I see in the Middle Earth fantasy style maps pictured below. I have the simple symbol loaded as an SVG, and I know I can add another ...
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High quality public transport trip planner examples? Trip visualization examples?

Do you know high-quality online public transport route/trip planners? I'm looking for sites with recognized usability, most carrier-owned planners are bad or very bad from Human-Computer Interaction ...
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Maps API that look “fancy”

We have been using Google Maps V3 during the development of a web service. We've been struggling with getting the maps integrate good with the design, since the maps look kind of grey. Now when i look ...
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Dealing with large sets of data on web map without using Table of Contents?

I'm working on a map design that integrates many (around 300 separate map layers) datasets that need to be made available to users within the same map (just for viewing). I've looked at creating a ...
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Proper font size for each paper size for reader to be able to read names?

I am working on a project that I need to figure it out how or what font size for each paper size. There are 10 of them and two of them are in the same paper size. There is data frame I have set aside ...
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Displaying quantitative data in choropleth legend?

I have always struggled to come up with a great solution to handle choropleth or any other quantitative interval or dataset classifications in a map legend where the numbers are sequential. For ...
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Visualize months in map

I need to visualize in a map the best month to do something in an area. I've thought of classifying months in 4 groups: (Dec, Jan, Feb // Mar, Apr, May // Jun, Jul, Aug // Sept, Oct, Nov) and ...
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Field sampling design: stratified random or transect?

I am trying to understand the impact of scientific activity in a remote polar environment. I have five locations in different parts of the region, where historic huts were placed for a couple of ...
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QGIS Print Composer: Is it possible to label only select coordinates?

On my map frame I want to have the first and last coordinate labels styled differently than the other coordinates (see picture). I have created two separate grids for the different styles and now ...
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Should Identify Tool be used in a Web application?

I was told having a Identify Tool is a bad practice in most web applications. Can anyone explain why or point me to a resource that explains why having a Identify Tool is considered bad design in a ...
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Returning TopoJSON from server compressed

I am using TopoJSON Server for my geo Spatial project. By executing the geo2topo (version 3.0) conversion from GeoJSON to TopoJSON on the server side back to the caller of an endpoint that normally ...
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District heating expansion design with ArcGIS [closed]

I am quite new at GIS but I have some experience of the basic concepts involved in a workflow of them. What I currently want to do is to calculate the cost of expanding an existing district heating ...
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What is a term to describe a latitude OR longitude value but not both together?

I have a location of north 45 degrees, west 90 degrees. This is the coordinate of the point. What is each component of this coordinate called? I'm looking for a generic term to describe either ...
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Which software to use for designing city plans?

Which software would you suggest I use for designing city plans? The result needs to be an image (jpeg) so georeferencing is not necessary. I have options like ArcGIS, AdobeInDesign, Adobe Illustrator....
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Existing standard country codes explicit in time and space

There are several comprehensive systems for coding countries such as ISO, TLD, M49. I am looking for a system that is explicit about the time period that the code refers to. My application is a ...
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Postgis : Geometry vs 3 geom columns in single table

Requirement: There a specific requirements where I need a geometry column in table to be flexible ( It can line or point or polygon or all of it ) Justification for requirements : main concern is ...
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Is it possible to create an ArcGIS library?

Can I create my own ArcGIS library that contains commonly used features inside my own functions/methods? I would like to make a dll that can be reference in my projects for using common features such ...
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What does 8GK100K mean?

I have a lot of mosaic datasets: Zone8GK100k, Zone9GK100k, ... , Zone7GK25k, ... , Zone7Gk50K, ... , Zone7GK200K. As I know, 7GK, 8GK... are utm zone numbers. 1) What does 25K, 50k, 100k, 200k ...
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Hiding Map Elements Outside of Neatline in ArcMap

I have a map layout in ArcMap 10.1 that incorporates a neatline that is offset from the edges of the layout by about an inch on the inside. Certain elements of my map extend beyond the neatline and ...
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how to combine chloropleth, bubble and cluster designs in CARTO?

To be concrete, I have a map of election results by precinct. As I do not have shapefiles for the precincts, I geocoded the polling places, but many precincts share polling places. I have the ...
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List of Offensive Symbols/ Colours for Cartography

I was at a data visualization workshop a few days ago and someone there asked if there are any symbols/colours that might offend people when making charts, the presenter didn't really understand the ...
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Web service instance configuration (concurrent users) and its performance

I was recently reading about Server Software Performance and the different settings and recommendations presented by ESRI over their wiki for System Design and architecture strategies. I came across a ...
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Connecting Geodesign and attributes of two layers using QGIS?

I'm kind of new in QGIS and I wonder if there is a function or a tool to connect Geodesign and attribute of two layers, for example: I have a line vector layer named as (MT) with the attribute below ...
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Storing a large amount of vector layers on PostGIS

I'm developing a web application where PostGIS will be used as a vector tile server backend to serve mvt tiles. For each user of the application at least one vector layer will be created. So, ...
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Web Server/Technology to work with Raster-Imagery Data

I am in the process of designing a web application which will allow the end users to load raster imagery data (size range from 300 MB to 500 MB) as a back ground map and a corresponding OLD JPEG image ...
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How do i create a flow line map for my data? [duplicate]

I am trying to illustrate a passenger travel flow map from a road terminal to several destinations on a road layer. I have QGis and ArcGIS, but I don't know much on how to start the work. I already ...
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Tools for creating old-fashioned maps [closed]

Are you aware of any software/tools which permit the automatized or semi-automatized creation of old-fashioned maps based on data one owns? I love the design of old-fashioned maps, in particular the ...
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Export a map into a useable format for a design software - QGIS?

I have a general map of the Mediterranean Sea, showing all the countries I've considered in a study, with watersheds etc. I've tried to make it look nice, but I think it could do with a bit of extra ...
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Conversion of design file to shapefile using FME

I want to convert a MicroStation design file to shapefile using FME. I have two type of feature in a level 7. One has style 1 and another one style 3. I want them in different shapefiles. How can I ...
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In a Network is Valve a Line or Point in GIS Standard?

I am designing a GIS Database related to Gas Network. In my opinion Valve equipment is a link equipment which can be closed or opened, So it should be a Line. But lots of clients gather this data as ...
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How to stylize/design maps without tools like m*p b*x (paid tools) using OSM data

I would like to know, how I'm able to stylize/design maps without using paid tools. I would love to work with Openstreetmap data. I know I could stylize these data in free GIS software like QGIS but ...