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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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What map source/API/tools are recommended to create Web GIS/Mapping application utilising Microsoft technologies? [closed]

I'm researching about technologies (around Microsoft tech) to create mapping application and would like to have advice/suggestions. Brief requirement to build mapping application with Microsoft ...
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Seeking open source GIS platform?

I'm looking for an open source GIS server or desktop package that supports as many file formats as possible, is fast, runs on Linux or Mac and can be controlled via an API. Planning to do very basic ...
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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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Migration from Oracle to PostgreSQL [closed]

I am new to databases. Is it possible to migrate from Oracle database to Postgres? If yes, do you know any tested solutions?
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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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Choosing web/mobile mapping API? [closed]

We are building a spatial application targeted to laypeople which will involve viewing and editing vector geodata (currently just points, but linestrings and polygons in the future) with a raster ...
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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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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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JavaScript library to read data from a WFS server?

Is there a JavaScript library available to read data from a WFS server?
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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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Basic Mapping Software

I have a desktop application for a client that needs to map a main subject location and around 5 "comparable" locations, within a range of 1-2 miles (often even less), from an aerial view, and zoom in ...
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What software to use as an all-around solution for mining GIS? [closed]

My employer wants me to look into constructing geology maps, modeling 3D subsurface geological formations, producing geological cross sections and other mining related products from various drill hole ...
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Any idea what software abc.net.au is using on the scrolling before/after earthquake aerials?

Japan Earthquake: before and after the copyright says: © Google, Digital Globe, GeoEye Guessing it's something of Google's since Digital Globe and GeoEye are probably only the aerial image's ...
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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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Landscape software to analyze amount of dirt moved

I'm about to embark upon a design project for re-contouring landscape around my home. Assuming I get an accurate measurement of the landscape into the computer, and after I modify the landscape model ...
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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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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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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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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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Tools for planning a building

I'm planning to build a cabin, and I'd like to combine all the GIS data available from my home country with my own measurements for placing and the cabin layout. That is, I need a tool which can: ...
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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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Workflow for sharing inventory of stormwater network in Open Source GIS?

Our agency has collaborated with six townships and one city for preparing an inventory of stormwater network. We are using ArcGIS 10 (2 ArcView licenses) and ArcPad 7.1 (stuck with it since our ...
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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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Getting US Highway exit geocodes using Google Maps API? [closed]

For our application, we need to get all the US interstate highway exits along with their Geocodes. Can you please explain how to get these using Google Maps API or Google Local search or otherwise? So ...
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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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Using Visual Studio 2008 or 2010 for ArcGIS Desktop? [closed]

Is there any differences, pros or cons between Visual Studio 2008 and 2010? I am going to buy Visual Studio and just want to be sure which one will work the best and have the most support going ...
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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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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 ...
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Alternatives to Maplex Labeling Engine for ArcGIS Desktop?

I am running ArcGIS 10 (ArcView) with the standard labeling engine. I am very familiar with Maplex and have used it in the past but it still lacked the "feature-linked" functionality given the type of ...
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Alternative to ArcGIS Desktop for software development? [closed]

I'm looking for a free and reasonably licensed alternative to ArcGIS Desktop (or maybe just ArcGIS Server). I'm quite new to GIS, so I'll state some of the things I want to be able to do and you can ...
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Seeking highly customizable GIS platform? [closed]

I was educated in GIS using ArcGIS (Desktop and Workstation) and researched with it with (very) short peeks at MapInfo and uDig . During that time, I was satisfied with the program as I used ...
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Tools for importing historical maps into modern GIS systems?

What tools exist to derive geometries for use with modern GIS systems from older scanned maps? I am referring more to libraries that generate actual data rather than present an interface for ...
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Is there a smartphone app for mobile asset logging?

I'm after a recommendation for a smartphone app (iPhone or Android) to log asset information for litter bins. I need the following features GPS geotagged photos Form with drop down menus for user ...
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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 tools for uploading GIS data to database?

I would like a nice graphical tool that allows me to take standard gis data such as shp files and kml files and upload them to a database such as PostGIS, MySql or Oracle. Are there any such tools?
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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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Are there any open source tools to detect and fill sinks on a DEM? [closed]

Are there any open source or inexpensive tools to detect and fill sinks on a DEM? ArcGIS Spatial Analyst is just out of my price range.
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What are my options in terms of implementing a WPS server?

I know about PyWPS, are there any good alternatives?
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Calculating length and area with Google Maps API? [closed]

Google Maps API v2 had great methods for lines and polygons to calculate length and area. v3 is lacking these methods (maybe just for now?). What other options do I have for calculating line length ...
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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?