how to create shape file

Posted on 2009-02-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I want to create a map for my school, i have a raster image and some point coordinate, please recommend me some GIS destop to create the map.

Thank you.
Question by:danafire
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    GIS is very expensive software.  I can think of two possibilities for you.

    1.  Go to your local university and see if they have any in the geography or geology departments, and whether you can make arrangements to use it.  I suspect this is a long shot, because just learning how to use such a program is a major undertaking.

    2.  Create the map some other way.  For example, enter or scan the map into a high resolution photoshop image, and then use photoshop (or some similar image software) to add your point coordinates.  I think this would be the best solution if you just need to create the map with your coordinate points on it.

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    i currently forced to use OpenJump. But it's poorly documented. My problem is still remain.
    My goal is have a PostGIS database that contains all the building location in my school
    I've scanned the map into image, i have a GPS device to get the lat/lng. But i still can't map the lat/lng value into openjump.

    I'm now stress with openjump. If you know how to do this with openjump or any other GIS. Please help me
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    @yodercm, Thank you

    i just know the word that describes my goal. It's Georeference. I have the raster image of my school, i also have some lat/lng points measure by the GPS. But i don't know how to make a vector map with only some reference points.

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    Georeference is to adjust the raster to align with the reference data (vector or raster). So, do you want to align the raster with those GPS points?

    There are many commercial software and open source software you can try. Commerical software can definitely do it, but not sure about open source software.

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