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A standard way that information is encoded for storage in a computer file

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Converting between KML and shapefile (SHP) format?

My users are sending me point data that were digitized using Google Earth. How can I convert their KML to a shapefile?
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Extracting data from Geodatabase? [closed]

We have been happily using the 2010 Census Demographic Profile data in Shapefile format for some time. We now want to start using the ACS 5-year Estimates Data Profiles which, sadly, are only ...
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QGIS processing default output vector layer extensions

You can set the default output-extension of a model in processing > options > general. The intermediate transactions in a model are processed in that default file format. After installing QGIS, the ...
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Radio Signal Coverage Standard for GIS

Is there any Standard data format for Radio Signal Coverage for GIS? Something like GPX or KML (or other XML/JSON/etc-based) for routes, tracks, POI, etc. But for signal strength, base radio stations ...
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QGIS 3.4. project file editing

How can I edit a QGIS project file so that it would open, save and edit data from given folder and save the results for different directory? Kind of like MapInfo's Wor. file. I read from QGIS ...
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Open TIN DEM File format

Anyone know a TIN DEM file format commonly used? In the context of a TIN DEM generator project, I am searching for a file format to save the TIN generated.
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QGS format : backward compatibility between QGIS 3 and QGIS2

Some of my users may want, before finally migrate to QGIS3 LTR, to read with QGIS2 some qgs project files made under QGIS3. I would recommend them not to do that. But, for the sake of clarity: How ...
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How to open the Electronic nautical chart S-57 data?

Anyone know how to open the Electronic nautical chart S-57 data by using GIS software e.g. Arcview, QGIS? and converted it to general GIS / CAD formats.
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Dataset description AREA_OR_POINT

What are the differences between these two options in satellite image metadata?
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Identifying file format of web map layer?

I am interested in extracting data from the map layer available here. The data looks like this (I inserted linebreaks for readability): Malta_SAR normal #LineStyle000 highlight #LineStyle001 SAR ...
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Listing file formats to represent georeferenced 3D data? [duplicate]

I am looking for an overview of file formats that can store geo-referenced 3D geometries. There are no further requirements such as texture support, etc. I have found the following formats so far and ...
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How to access feature classes in file geodatabases with Python and GDAL?

I am trying to access a vector dataset in a ESRI File Geodatabase using Python + GDAL. I have successfully compiled GDAL with the file geodatabase API. The FileGDB driver is working correctly since ...
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GeoJSON files being saved without line breaks

Why are my GeoJSON files being saved without line breaks? Why are they missing the proper formatting? All features in the file are being saved in the same line. I'm using QGIS 3.6.3. Here is what I ...
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Converting shapefile to .grd file?

I am new in ArcMap while using R Crisis software. I need to convert a shapefile into a .grd file. I read back the previous questions and answer and tried to execute and pop up that it was ...
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Convert KAP files

I've got some .KAP files which are missing spatial data and as such, I cannot convert them into something more useful like a .TIF image. I've been using FME which errors on these files with "Failed to ...
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Configuring lidR catalog to overwrite raster output (with different extension)?

I have a small issue with configuring the lidR package for parametrizing the extracted raster files with grid_metrics() function. My question is how to set in the catalog options that: be able to ...
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Split by Attributes tool exporting to DBF files only? [duplicate]

I am using the "Split by Attributes" tool in ArcGIS 10.6 to go through a shapefile, and split it up into new files by an attribute value. The tool runs perfectly, however I notice it only exports to ...
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Editing date in *.ssf files?

So my trimble TSC1 Pro XRS (bought in 2000) is getting old I guess and it change byitself the date. I collected data this week, but it indicate from 1998. I view this info because I can't apply ...
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Open .fit image file

I am trying to open an image file with the extension ".fit". Does anybody know which software to use? I obtained this image using the WASI software (Water Color Simulator) available on the IOCCG ...
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Writing custom Prepare Scripts for Open Data Cube?

How do I write custom prepare scripts for the Open Data Cube format ? The docs say the following: We expect that many new Data Cube instances will require custom prepare scripts to be written. It ...
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Converting ArcGIS layers into .kml for Google Earth?

I'm trying to convert an ArcGIS layer into a .kml format so I can use it in Google Earth. I've found several tutorials for this, but none of them have been helpful so far. They seem to be for an older ...
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CRS information not recognized when geopackage is loaded

I am starting to transition from .shp to geopackage data format in QGIS. There are many benefits to the format that give it an advantage over shapefile for many of my projects. However, I am having a ...
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File format (preferably open) for defining web service endpoints for ArcGIS Desktop?

Aside from .LYR files, is there a file format (preferably open) for defining web service endpoints for ArcGIS Desktop? For example, if I publish a WMS feed, can I provide a downloadable resource for ...
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Converting .gri to topojson

I am making client-end javascript-powered maps in the context of web development. I am not using gdal, which I gather is a special kind of rendering software. Data source site: http://www.diva-gis....
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Loading DLG file into QGIS?

I downloaded hypsography (topo lines) in DLG (Digital Line Graph) format. The file came from OGRIP, although it originally came from USGS. According to Wikipedia, DLG files are topologically ...
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QGIS 2.18 - Adding JGW file

I have a JGW file to add some cropmarks. I have tried adding it as a vector or raster file but it comes up with unsupported data each time. Does anyone recognise this file type and how to load it?
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Saving QGIS Files With a Connects Underline

I have seen in some places, like this, that QGIS file names are made with a connect underline. For example a file name will be "World_Map" and not "World Map". Is this underline is somehow important ...
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Reading GRIB data? [closed]

on this open FTP server (ftp://ftpdatos.aemet.es/modelos_numericos/hirlam005_peninsula/) you can find HIRLAM models from the Spanish meteorological service. The documentation in the LEEME files (in ...
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TileMap: How to convert MBTiles to RMaps SQLite?

These two map formats look very similar (based on SQLite and Tiled Maps). I am looking for method to convert maps from mbtiles to RMaps SQLite and vice versa without quality lost.
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Auto-style shp layers with pre-defined schema in QGIS?

I have shapefiles with a pre-determined format, but different data. Is there a way in QGIS to set the style automatically based on pre-determined fields, before any files are open? I'm thinking ...
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Is there any open source library for reading OCAD files?

I would like to read map files created by OCAD (.ocd). The file format specification is open and available on the web page, but it's binary and complex. Is there an open source library that can be ...
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Explaining difference between shx and shp files of shapefile?

I am searching for a more in depth explanation of the differences in shp and shx files to little avail. I mean beyond the 'shp contain geometry - shx contains an index of the geometry'. The reason I ...
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Why did Esri create .zlas compressed LiDAR files instead of adopting .laz?

I am talking about the Esri Optimized LAS file format for compressed LiDAR files (.zlas). While the uncompressed format (.las) from ASPRS was adopted by practically the entire Remote Sensing and GIS ...
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Lowrance sl2 format… is it GIS data and/or can it be made into GIS data

I have been asked to investigate if Lowrance SL2 (side-scan sonar) format can be put into maps for reports. As I understand it the SL2 format comprises 3 "bands" left-down-right and is more of a ...
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How to get WFS GetCapabilities information as JSON

I can get a WMS GetCapabilities response via AJAX call and I can convert response to JSON using ol.format.WMSCapabilities tool. But I need to make a WFS GetCapabilities query via a AJAX request and ...
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Write GeoJson into a .geojson file with Python

I want to write a geosjon object with the type <class 'geojson.feature.Feature'> into a .geosjon file. Therefore I tried to use with open(test.geosjon, 'w') as outfile: geojson.dump(...
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Is it possible to export to .eps with QGIS?

According to web posts from a few years ago, exporting to .eps was easy with QGIS. Just choose : Export as image --> select .eps type. However, I do not find that functionality in the current ...
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IDRISI .vec file translator to ESRI shapefile format?

I've recently got hold of almost 20 years old IDRISI .vec files which I'd like to convert to ESRI shapefile. I've been struggling to find any translator for this file format so far. Does anybody know ...
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How are GeoTIFF pyramids/overviews standardised?

While pyramids/overviews are not part of the GeoTIFF standard, many tools support creating them. For example vips/nip2, Orfeo Toolbox (otb) and ossim which all promise some support for creating those. ...
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Kernel density tool does not produce an .asc output file

I have made a kernel density map in ArcGIS 10.3 and 10.5, but the output appears as an .aux file, not an .asc file (which I will need to use for occurrenceThinner). A folder appears also with a ...
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Space Time Cube in ArcMap, always get invalid file format for output

I am using ArcMap 10.4.1 on Windows 7 to try and create a space time cube to model wildfire spatial/temporal patterns across a portion of Colorado. I always get the error 000814 Invalid file type in ...
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Is raster lossy and vector not lossy?

I am new to GIS, in school for it actually, but I come from a photography / graphic design background. So that said, I always thought that vector graphics were not lossy (scale up or down, doesn't ...
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Retrieving info from GRIB2 file with JAVA?

I've just started parsing some info inside GRIB2 file with NOAA weather forecast, and I am realizing this task is not as easy as I could think 'a priori'. I need to process some info inside JAVA ...
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How to convert ASTER HDF file to Geotiff

I just downloaded the ASTER LT1 HDF file. How do I convert it to Geotiff using ENVI. Or do you know any conversion tools that are accessible to use for free. Previously, when I downloaded ASTER data ...
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Convert from GeoTiff to SVG

I have a customer who can only export structured map data as a GeoTiff file. My job is to convert this file into proper SVG. How can this be done? I have googled about gdal, but obsiously it is not ...
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Opening Cities Revealed data from 1990s?

I have been given a lot of aerial imagery from the mid-1990s that is in '.crv' format. The software/company at the time was called 'Cities Revealed'. Does anybody know how I'd go about opening it? ...
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Advantages of using spatialite over shapefile? [closed]

I found spatialite more useful than shapefiles as it does not have the limitations of shapefile and it is also portable. Many people here use shapefiles to exchange data and even the experts do not ...
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Standard Format for Underpass Clearance? [closed]

Do highway departments typically provide underpass clearance data as part of data sets provided to google maps, et. al.? If so, can anybody point me at the definition of the data elements, file ...
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Grid vs TIF vs IMG

Grid, TIF and IMG are three formats of raster files. In ArcGIS Desktop, apparently there's no difference between them. What is the difference between these three formats?
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How can I transform a georeferenced JPG to a georeferenced TIF?

I have an georeferenced JPG file and a JGW file containing the coordinates. How can I transform it to a georeferenced TIF file and a TFW file? I have tried to save the JPG file as an TIF file in ...