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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Making map where overlapping symbols increase Opacity?

I was looking at some maps like: Map from Ship Logs or the Facebook worldwide friendships Mapped (via the Flowing Data blog) These Maps look good because single lines are almost transparent, and as ...
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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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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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GIS Software Choice for a small university research centre [closed]

I need to choose a GIS system for a small university research centre. We are handling a broad range of data, (for example, numerical tidal analyses, weather data, poverty, isolated economic activity, ...
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Seeking Symbology for Interactive Mapping? [closed]

When a user clicks on a map what should they expect to see? I would say a symbol for where they clicked. A pushpin seems to be the most accepted icon for generic data. Google has pushed the upside ...
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Converting GeoJSON to Python objects? [closed]

New to the site, and to geoJSON, and to python. My goal is to read in a file with geoJSON data, and use it to generate shapes to be used in an application that is using python scripting. Python ...
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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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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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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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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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Alternative to Google Earth to edit and organize KML files

I like the way Google Earth displays KML as a "scene graph", that is, a tree structure in the left panel. This allows you to rearrange features in folders, change layer order, etc. via drag-and-drop. ...
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Freelancers, how do you handle deliveries to remote clients?

Freelancers and small business owners, how do you handle product delivery and support to your remote clients? Example: I have a client who knows enough about ArcMap to add a shapefile, turn layers on ...
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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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What python web-mapping framework to use? [closed]

I am interested in developing a web-mapping application. I am relatively familiar with Python and so i'm looking for a python framework. What are my options? what are the pros and cons of each option? ...
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Alternatives to Manifold GIS? [closed]

Question from my father who is looking to explore alternatives to Manifold: "I am an independent environment consultant who is a heavy user of GIS for spatial data crunching, geo-referencing self-...
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Are there any Javascript map labeling engines available?

Does anyone know of a javascript library containing functions that would allow me to generate labels for points on the map so that the labels don't overlap one another, and have optional leader lines ...
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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 advice on generic open-source package roadmap? [closed]

I just wanted to ask for advice from the open source GIS gurus on a recommended stack to use for my envisioned project, as I do not fully understand the limits of the possible with most packages. I ...
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Seeking Python library (other than ArcPy) for geoprocessing such as buffer? [closed]

Excluding ArcPy, is there any python library which can do geoprocessing, such as buffer/intersect, with shapefiles?
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GIS - Beyond Earth

I wanted to open a discussion on GIS beyond Earth. Here are some questions so far. Would the term GIS be changed to something else since the term "geo" means of Earth (e.g. Lunar Information Systems ...
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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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Freeware alternatives to eCognition? [closed]

Does anyone know any good freeware alternatives to eCognition? I need to do image segmentation and classification. I tryed the ecognition trial and it was really good. I'm doing the job with SPRING, ...
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Seeking spatial statistics software for GIS?

I am searching for spatial statistics software which has many powerful features and supports a GIS interface. Can anyone give me some advice?
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Alternative cartographic software programs?

I am looking for an alternative software product for cartography other than ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. The graphic quality in ArcGIS outputs is substantially poor when compared to outputs in ...
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Recommended programming language for remote sensing?

I am beginning studies that hopefully will lead to a long career as a remote sensing specialist. I am currently working with ArcGIS for some applications and learning ENVI for others. I have ...
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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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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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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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Google Earth plugin deprecated. Which alternatives? [closed]

I've got a costumer of mine asking for an integration of the Google Earth Plugin to his website. From Google earth Plugin site I read this: Google Earth Plugin API has been deprecated as of ...
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Secure online GIS for sensitive data?

My company I started working for is looking to move from ArcInfo and MapPoint to an online GIS for easier data access/availability. Obviously the GIS capabilities needed are rather basic, but ...
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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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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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What GIS software is used by web maps sites (Google, Bing Maps, etc)?

We all have seen beatiful (imo) maps produced by Google and Microsoft. There are many others; some of them are of global use (such as MapQuest, TomTom or HERE), and some are just of country scale. I ...
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Recommendations for road maintenance management (on a small scale)

I am in a road association and we maintain our own 3 mile dirt road. In doing research on best practices for maintenance I discovered that other organizations use some mapping/GIS programs to help. ...
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Advanced android app for mapping and GPS logging?

I am looking for an android app able to log GPS data like coordinates, altitude, current speed and would be nice if also the GPS accuracy/number of satellites. Many GPS apps are able to display these ...
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What are some of the OSX GIS tools

Most Opensource tools are cross platform; however, some GIS tools such as ArcGIS are platform specific (windows only). What are some of the GIS tools that are usable on the mac? EDIT Although thank ...
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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 ...