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Map matching links and ideas? [closed]

I'm using OpenStreetMap and its vectorial road network and I'd like to implement a map matcher algorithm. Currently I'm able, for each GPS position, to retrieve the nearest road segment and ...
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Seeking alternatives to pgRouting for open source routing / network analysis?

I was wondering if there are any alternatives to pgRouting tools. Thinking about it for a bit, I think the only alternative is to use R or RPY to do the analysis. Basically I'm trying to solve ...
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Comparing 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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Options for crowdsourcing GIS data?

I am looking at collecting spatial information from a range of stakeholders to identify opportunities within a landscape. However, the data that we are collecting are not presently mapped and so we ...
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What free programs should every GIS user have installed?

Note: This question is specifically about installed, desktop software. There is another question specifically about free cloud-based software and services. What free programs should every GIS user ...
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Seeking Mobile GIS applications for Android Tablets? [duplicate]

I know that ArcGIS is available for Android, but does anyone know of any other GIS apps that are available for Android tablets?
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Thinning large LiDAR point cloud?

I have a large point cloud (LAS file) and I am trying to thin this using a complex technique. I know it is possible to thin a point cloud using simple techniques such as extracting every nth point. ...
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Seeking Free and Open Source GIS Desktop packages?

Can someone give me a list of free and open source GIS desktop packages?
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Seeking Python tools/modules/add-ins for GIS?

With ArcGIS 10, Python has become the de-facto scripting language for ESRI. While leading Open source software like QGIS, GeoServer, PostGIS all supports Python. Thus it became important to know/learn ...
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Seeking tools for regionalization/redistricting?

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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Working with LiDAR data using other than Esri software?

I will be working with LiDAR data soon and I am wondering what the alternatives to using Esri software to do this are, including open source solutions?
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Seeking 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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Choosing GeoCoding service?

I'm looking for a web service providing a full address based on coordinates (and reverse). I'm ready to pay for that service. I don't want to use Google's API.
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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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Seeking open source software package for Remote Sensing?

Here are many questions with great answers about open source GIS software. I am wondering, what is the best open source software package for Remote Sensing? I would like to learn it and to use in my ...
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Viewing LiDAR data from web browser?

I am looking to host lidar data on my own server and give clients the ability to view that data through a web browser as a 3D point cloud (file would be in .las format or equivalent), possibly with ...
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Finding pseudo nodes in free GIS software?

Software gvSIG OA Digital Edition 2010 have tools topology for finding pseudo nodes in linear geometry. I set cluster tolerance 0.00002 and maximum number of errors -10000 for 20000 link count linear ...
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Looking for a FREE Cloud based 'Web Mapping Stack' Host [closed]

Any pointers to free cloud-based geoweb hosts? Use case: To display a basic interactive web map in Leaflet/ OpenLayers with data hosted in PostGIS served by GeoServer. I am looking at something very ...
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Seeking tool to generate Mesh from DTM?

Are there any tools that can take a DTM, in asc or geotiff format and generate a mesh from this that can used in meshlab or similar software. I have asc DTM file that I need to convert to a ply mesh ...
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Seeking online WKT editor?

We need to do are very simple administrative boundary drawings over a (insert fav map here) via some website. Our requirements are: click to create points which then form a polygon drag existing ...
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Options for displaying PostGIS vectors in OpenLayers

I am very new to web-mapping, so this question may be a little misguided. I want to have a very simple web interface using OpenLayers (or even Google Maps if that will be easier) which can display a ...
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Seeking developer-friendly web GIS? [duplicate]

I'm a recent Computer Science graduate who prides himself on his knowledge of software development and problem solving, but has no idea how GIS systems work. (Read: I'm a programmer.) I've been ...
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Open source solutions for Landsat-8 mosaicing and correction?

I am familiar with the major commercial remote sensing packages (ENVI, IDRISI ERDAS, etc), but I haven't previously had the opportunity to utilize open-source solutions. I have a several new Landsat-...
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How to build an artificial 'dam' across a river?

I have a DEM. Created all files related to watershed including accumulation, direction, streams etc... I'm stuck creating a dam. I request you to please let me know how to build an artificial 'dam' ...
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Seeking open source alternative to ArcGIS Desktop's Integrate tool?

I need to snap about 1000 lines in one layer to the lines in another layer (there are about 5000 lines in the second layer). The lines to be snapped are about 15 map units away from the base layer ...
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Choosing OpenLayers or Leaflet? [closed]

I was debating with one of my collegues on OpenLayers v/s Leaflet. I made a point that OpenLayers is much better API if we wish to build a project, where you need direct connectivity to the Geoserver ...
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Clustering spatial data in R? [closed]

I have bunch of data points with latitude and longitude. I want to use R to cluster them based on their distance. I have already taken a look at this page and tried clustTool package. But I am not ...
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Comparing Google Earth Enterprise to ArcGIS for Server and GeoServer? [closed]

I'm working on a web app that includes mapping capabilities (currently just markers and KML overlays on an embedded Google Map). We're starting to outgrow the limitations of Google's free stuff, and ...
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Creating drive time polygon around map point? [closed]

I'd like to create a 30 min drive time polygon around 400 separate points I have plotted to google maps. I have discovered http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-can-i-travel.htm but this seems to freak ...
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7answers
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Platforms for repetitive automated mapping?

I could give a lot of examples, but imagine you have to do, for example, a study in 10 different locations and have to generate a lot of maps with the same layout, legend. Maps can contain vector ...
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1answer
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Seeking cloud-based alternatives to Google Fusion Tables? [closed]

I'm a beginner in web-mapping. I was playing around with Fusion Tables, but I realized that I had too much data to display. What are some alternatives to Fusion tables? I have 9 layers of data (...
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1answer
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Seeking OpenJump tool for point/node conflation/matching?

Are there any OpenJump tools for conflating (matching) two layers of point (node) data? I'm particularly interested in using such a tool to sync data with OpenStreetMap, where I've created a wiki ...
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Seeking tool to convert DD to DMS?

I am looking for either an online tool or one that I can download to convert DD to DMS. For example, I want to convert from: 41.590833, -93.620833 to 41° 35′ 27″ N, 93° 37′ 15″ W ... Those are the ...
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API to reverse geocode latitude, longitude to census tract?

I have a bunch of latitude,longitude coordinates (mostly city/town centroids) in the United States for which I'd like to find the containing census tract. For instance, input => nn.nnn, -nn.nnn ...
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Building disconnected web based mapping application? [closed]

I have been tasked with building a disconnected, web-based mapping application. It must run in a browser, but it will run on a disconnected Windows based laptop. It needs to be able to do simple map ...
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Using .NET Runtime SDK or .NET ArcObjects?

I want to build a desktop GIS application with following features in it: It can be able to read all the attributes of any digitized map It can be able to draw polygon or line With the help of that ...
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What software do you use as complementary to your GIS desktop/server? [closed]

What software do you use as complementary to your GIS desktop/server in your work as GIS programmers/analysts and what programs are an absolute must you can't do without?
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Solution for android map app with offline use?

I am in search of a way to develop an app for android with embedded maps which can work without an internet connection(i.e. can i get the tiles of the open streetmap for offline use?). I have ...
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Seeking free web GIS browser?

I have created several projects for several different clients. Each project has OS maps, shapefile layers from Government Bodies, Shapefile layers created, AutoCAD dxf loaded in (in various manners). ...
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Open Source equivalent to Collector for ArcGIS to use with QGIS/PostGIS?

From my reading of the Esri web pages the Collector for ArcGIS is tightly tied to that platform. I would be delighted to learn that I am wrong about this. I have a strong interest in generic mobile ...
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Seeking open source software similiar to Esri City Engine? [closed]

I am looking for open source software similar to ESRI City Engine and currently going through open source software directory. About ESRI City Engine (Quick introduction) We want to make few ...
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Seeking interactive maps and associated technologies?

The display of maps and data within an interactive framework is becoming more prevalent online. I'm thinking beyond merely the ability to pan/zoom/control layers, but more along the lines of ...
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2answers
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OpenLayers alternatives supporting more client-side features [closed]

I am considering different architectures for a system that will ideally use client-side rendering for point features and must be plugin-free. I have been using this application developed in response ...
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1answer
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Open source equivalent of Esri story maps?

I am currently interested in story telling with Maps. Esri offers a tool and this is a great example of what I am looking for. However, I do not own ArcGIS Online because I am not an Esri user. Do ...
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Rendering GPX track data onto video?

I have two geeky passions while driving: recording GPX data to upload to OSM as well as recording on board videos like this one. Since these kind of videos are sort of boring for others to watch I was ...
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Seeking a GIS for indoor mapping and direction finding

I've seen a few options for indoor GIS platforms such as Google's indoor mapping, implementations of OpenLayers, Open Street Map, and many other plausible solutions. There's even a post on here asking ...
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Creating simple maps to view on Mobile devices? [duplicate]

My organization wants to create a few maps that will be interactive and viewable via phones (android, iphones,etc) and ipads. We already have a solution using Geocortex (Silverlight) for browser ...
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Seeking tool to convert GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification) to SHP / KML? [closed]

I need to convert GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification https://developers.google.com/transit/gtfs/reference), data into some GIS data format like ESRI Shapefile or KML or something else. Do you ...
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Completely brand new to GIS - Help picking technology from the pros [duplicate]

I'm new to GIS and need to learn for an internship. I've been reading a lot and now need help picking technologies to use... particularly the map serving technologies. Project requirements - Free ...
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Is there a web page where I can test a WMS URL?

I am using JMP 9, which supports WMS maps (as a client), but it doesn't seem to be working now. Is there a web based, or small install GIS client on which I can test a WMS URL? [To clarify, I was ...