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Field survey location software

Looking for a software solution that allows survey respondents in the field to indicate locations on a map in response to survey questions. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 28, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I do more coding while still using my Civil Engineering skills?

I want to make mapping and programming a bigger part of my work, while still using my background in water resources. What are some career options that might give me that opportunity? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on May 23, 2014 - 1 answer

Need data about population density by zip code and/or Long/Lat

I'm working on a project that requires very roughly guesstimating how many people live in a 1000' diameter circle, placed in arbitrary locations in the US. My best methodology for doing so is to take the lat/long, approximate the nearest zip code, and then use Census data to determine what the likely population density is. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by duende on May 2, 2014 - 7 answers

I didn't know Google Image Search paid that well!

A friend is looking at college programs to pitch to their kid and they are of a practical bent, so looking for things with good placement rates, etc. Apparently, Geographic Information Systems has a 100% placement rate, which sounds like a good fit, but they (and I) know nothing about it. Is there a site with a good overview of the day to day work (I've read a couple but it's like "They do stuff with maps and use programs to do things with maps," which answers the question but isn't quite helpful), what it actually involves, what skills are good to have, where these jobs are located, etc.? It's a field I know nothing about and the stuff I've found Googling has been either vague enough that it doesn't help or so incredibly specific I have no idea what it's talking about. I did look here but everything dated to 2010 or so.
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Jan 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Master's program options for Geography/GIS undergrad

Do any of you know what my options might be as a Geography/GIS undergrad looking for Grad programs? And I guess more specifically, can you all think of any programs/occupations that use GIS to a certain extent as a supplementary tool rather than the sole tool? [more inside]
posted by mr.coffee on Dec 13, 2013 - 24 answers

How can I create digital choropleth maps of Ireland?

Does anyone know if gis data for irish townlands, parishes, and/or electoral districts is available? If not, would it be possible to draw a vector map and then somehow connect each region on the map to data on a spreadsheet? I can always color the hundreds of little pieces by hand, but I thought I'd check if there was an easier way, maybe in cartodb or processing. Note: I am not a programmer. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Dec 6, 2013 - 7 answers

How to display 300+ GPX cycling routes over a Google Maps base layer

GPX Visualization on Google Maps: I have 300+ GPX files of bike rides that I'd like to be able to link to somehow over a Google Maps base layer, visually approximating this. This is related to my previous AskMe about cycling every road in a town; I need to visualize what roads I have/haven't ridden, and link that progress to a blog. Would like it to be as low-weight as possible; the 300 (uncompressed) GPX files amount to 100+mb currently (route+track+waypoints) and is only getting larger -- vanilla GMaps doesn't play nice with that many files. Much more information inside... [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for new job but uncertain about career direction...

I'm a GIS office worker for a city government in the midwest. After a few years in my full time position I think its time for me to go, and move closer to my family, but I'm having trouble figuring out what exactly I should be looking for. Suggestions much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Nov 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Sampling Design for Spatial Statistics

I'm designing an experiment to measure the influence of the proximity of one type of geographic feature on another, but I am worried that my sampling design might introduce bias where many features are in close proximity. [more inside]
posted by agentofselection on Nov 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Affordable online GIS classes/certificate programs?

I have a master's degree in urban planning but I've been out of the field for a few years and want to come back with really strong skills. I'm not very good at self-guided learning, since I need the discipline of having assignments and deadlines. I struggle with ADHD, so just staring at an iTunes video will not work. I'm also low on cash right now. Please tell me about the online courses and/or certificate programs out there that are easy on the wallet. [more inside]
posted by mirepoix on Oct 24, 2013 - 7 answers

How to get voter records for small towns in Massachusetts

I'm working on a personal project mapping political signage across two small towns in Massachusetts. I'd like to compare my personally gathered data with voter records over at least the last few years. Is there any chance that this data is publicly available? Seeing as the project is quite local, I'd like to get data on the scale of households. [more inside]
posted by taromsn on Oct 21, 2013 - 5 answers

USGS Layers

Because of the federal government shutdown, the USGS website has been shuttered and all the data that I use regularly has been taken offline. I need to find a source for the "Official Soil Descriptions" [google cache works now, but I anticipate this will last a while, so I need all of them] and the soil survey layers for the state of Texas. Any idea where I can download these?
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Graduate school or babies? Or both?

I'm considering applying to graduate school, but I also want a family. Can y'all help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve on Sep 21, 2013 - 20 answers

Looking to polish my rusty GIS skills

It's been a while since I did much with ArcGIS beyond making simple polygons by snapping to existing features, and my classes before that were with whatever version of ArcGIS was current circa 2007. What is the best way to get up-to-speed on ArcGIS version 10+, ArcGIS Online, and Esri Roads and Highways? Can you recommend online or book resources and tutorials? My current interest is related to transportation, for what it's worth.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Open Source GIS software for public education projects

I learned some basic mapping in ArcGIS in school, but I no longer have access to the ESRI world as an independent consultant. I would like to work on a few independent projects using publicly available data and (hopefully) shape files from school districts. What are the best open source products I can use? [more inside]
posted by frizz on Jun 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Endgame tools for a cyclist trying to bike down every street in a city?

For the past year I've been trying to bike down every street in St Louis. In the beginning this was easy and wide-open and fun. The middle has been less so. Now, sitting at ≈65% completion [map: zoomable | 1.5mb png | GPX] my current approach has become overwhelming and tedious, and is no longer working; I need to get way smarter about this. How would a programmer, a mathematician, or a GIS/transit specialist approach this endgame, and what tools/software would he/she use? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Simple, intuitive map software/service for a business

My (small) company provides services in people's homes. We'd like to use electronic maps to plan technician routes and better understand where our clients are geographically. What (Mac-compatible) software or web service might help with this? [more inside]
posted by Clandestine Outlawry on Apr 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Is there a way to quantify how hilly an area is?

Is there some measure or standard way of quantifying how hilly or a flat a city is, or some other area is? Can you say San Francisco is 4.9 hillybits while Houston is only 0 hillybits?
posted by sien on Mar 19, 2013 - 18 answers

What is the best way to track and share walking routes on an iPhone?

For a personal project, I'd like to be able to track my route as I'm walking using my iPhone and then share that route in some form that can be embedded in a blog post. [more inside]
posted by enn on Mar 17, 2013 - 8 answers

best online GIS mapping tool

What is the best online GIS mapping tool that you've found or used for Censuis data visualization? [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Mar 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Is Google Maps the best way to do this?

I'd like to link different locations in an online map to PDF's hosted on our website. Is Google Maps the best way? What do I need to learn to be able to do this? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Mar 11, 2013 - 10 answers

What is the street in Michigan with the longest name?

What is the street in Michigan with the longest name? Or, how would you find this out? Assume I'm too cheap to spend any money on a commercial map database or the like.
posted by kc8nod on Feb 15, 2013 - 5 answers

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Where can I download a shapefile of UK House of Commons constituency boundaries in effect for the 2010 elections?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Dec 13, 2012 - 2 answers

How to create a heatmap without external services?

How can I create heatmaps of geographic data, without relying on an external web service or API? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Dec 12, 2012 - 5 answers

A Laptop To Study Monkeys By

I am looking for a relatively rugged laptop (or tablet?) that I can use for data entry, word processing, internet browsing, and music playing while in the US, and then use for data entry, arcGIS, and music playing while in the rain forest in West Africa. It would be wonderful if it was less than $700. I do not want a Mac. What should I be looking into? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 8, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me build a DIY UAV to make small DEMs!

I want to put together an unmanned aerial vehicle for capturing aerial photos over a small area (probably <1 km2). Ultimately, I would like to be able to extract a digital elevation model from those photos. How can I get started? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Aug 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Uni of Redlands vs Uni of Arizona for MS-GIS

I got accepted to the MS-GIS program at the University of Redlands as well as the MS-GIST program at the University of Arizona. Looking for experiences, advice, opinions. [more inside]
posted by tillei on Aug 27, 2012 - 5 answers

2 dimensions isn't enough!

I'm looking turn a topo/height map into a 3-D model. Where can I cheaply print a one-off 3-D model? I don't want to sink too much money into buying my own printer yet. [more inside]
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Complex market research project needs hope

How can I use some sort of GIS or market analysis software in the project I've been assigned? [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Aug 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Early examples of GPS-type things in movies/TV?

A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Converting GPS data to distance-time data

I have some .GPX/.CSV MyTracks GPS files that I would like to use to create distance-time graphs. I can do this using GPS Visualizer but this creates the graphs for me and what I want is the raw data. Is there a website, program or script (Linux or Windows) that will allow me to do this? [more inside]
posted by alby on Jun 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Online vs Campus MS-GIS?

Master's Degree in GIS - Online vs. On Campus? [more inside]
posted by tillei on Jun 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Identifying urban centers using an algorithm based on topological prominence

Calling geographers: has anyone applied the idea of topological prominence to population density? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Apr 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Locations needed for accurate map of colonial breweries

I want to make this map of American "colonial" breweries more historically accurate, so I need a list of American locations that brewed beer prior to 1776. [more inside]
posted by cmchap on Apr 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Getting a CAD file on a GPS

Is it possible to install a CAD file into a consumer handheld GPS? [more inside]
posted by Red Loop on Mar 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Most efficient way to stacking rasters into a NetCDF file.

Quickest, most efficient way of stacking 40,000 GeoTIFF rasters (about 6gb in total) into a NetCDF file? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Mar 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Maps for a political race?

I'm helping someone with their local political campaign and I've been given a voter list with about 2500 records - I'm estimating that it probably has around 1500 unique addresses. I've been asked to map them and produce street by street maps, identifying the address and which side of the street it's on to make it easier to go door to door. Some questions: [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jan 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Date format translation

What is this date format and how do I tell what day/month/year it is? 1316649600000 [more inside]
posted by IanMorr on Jan 24, 2012 - 4 answers

What are the iconic maps/cartography to come from the RPG/fantasy/MMO genre?

RPG/Fantasy/MMO maps and cartography: There's quite a bit out there, but who is making/has made the best, most beautiful, or most significant fantasy maps? And which maps are iconic within the genre? [more qualifications inside] [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jan 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Creating my own crime map

I want to create a "crime map" of a city over time. I know the dates of the crimes, and I know the physical address. I'd like for the crime map to be something that I could show a crowd in a presentation such that the audience members could witness for themselves how a particular part of the city changed as time went on. I was thinking of Gapminder as the ideal, but spatially and dynamic instead of simply numbers. I suppose it'd be possible to get something up and going with GIS, but I was wanting to do it in a way that was idiot-proof as this is only valuable to me if I can do it easily without a ton of time learning some new program.
posted by scunning on Jan 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me make a map of response rate by zipcode

What I want to do seems simple enough. But, it turns out, I may be too simple to do it! Or something. I have a dataset of survey responses. There are approximately 80K observations, which include response zipcode. What I want to do is make a map depicting which areas had the heaviest/lightest response rate. I have the following software at my disposal: GoogleEarth (but not pro) -- this did not seem to be up to the task; MapPoint (the very current 2004 version); and SAS [more inside]
posted by mcostanzo on Jan 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Compelling or interesting uses of municipal open data

What are the most compelling or interesting uses of municipal open data? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Nov 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Show me the borders of a place that doesn't exist anymore

Where can I get GIS data (Esri Shapefiles, GeoJSON, etc.) for no-longer-extant countries and kingdoms? I am specifically looking for data on the old Austro-Hungarian Empire and its former provinces and regions, particularly Galicia and/or Bukovina/Bukowina.
posted by Asparagirl on Oct 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Vector political boundaries for NASA Blue Marble?

Map Geo filter: Need political map overlay for NASA Blue Marble image, help! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Jun 6, 2011 - 10 answers

What are some software a geography major should be familiar with?

What are some software a geography major should be familiar with? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 on May 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Philadelphia Subway lat/long or a shapefile?

Does anyone know where I can get a listing of lat/long for philly subway stations? A Shapefile would work too since I think I know how to convert the stops into lat/long.
posted by treeshar on Apr 20, 2011 - 3 answers

CS Math books

I am a GIS college student looking to develop my skills in programming, particularly in Python. For starters, I need to wake up my dormant math skills. What mathematics-for-programmers books, or general Computer Science books, should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Apr 10, 2011 - 9 answers

How to get building footprint drawings quickly

What are the best options for generating dimensioned footprint drawings of existing single family homes in Central Texas? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Mar 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Mappoint Alternative

Looking for a free Mappoint alternative GIS program... any suggestions? I'd prefer not to use Google Earth, so something else... [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Feb 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Mapping software that can count addresses within an arbitrarily bounded area

I’m looking for mapping software that will let me import addresses from a spreadsheet, plot them on a map, and then allow me to draw arbitrary boundaries on the map and give me the count of addresses that fall within the bounded area. Also, is there a name for this functionality?
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear on Feb 12, 2011 - 6 answers

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