Playing with distances between features

As usual in ArcGIS, different tools can deliver similar results. In this post, a map has been generated to show how to [quickly] filter features according to their position with respect to other elements.

There are several proximity tools that can be used to calculate distances between features. Some examples are: Near, Generate Near Table, Buffer or Multiple Ring Buffer.

In the following map, the distances from the attractions managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to the John Muir Way have been calculated by means of Near. After that, the buildings have been filtered by attribute (distance), showing those in a range of [at most] 5 kms along this route.

JM_Way

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Data sources for GIS

In this post, I will store [updated] links to different sources of GIS data. This collection may vary according to my works, but it will mainly contain data about EU, UK and Spain.

UK

British Government’s data https://data.gov.uk/

Ordnance Survey Open Data https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

British Geological Survey. OpenGeoscience http://www.bgs.ac.uk

Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure https://www.spatialdata.gov.scot

Scottish Natural Heritage https://gateway.snh.gov.uk/natural-spaces/

Edinburgh Council Open Data http://edinburghopendata.info/

Spain

Spanish Government Open Data http://datos.gob.es/es/catalogo

National Center for Geographic Information http://centrodedescargas.cnig.es/CentroDescargas/index.jsp

Junta de Castilla-La Mancha Open Data http://data-castillalamancha.opendata.arcgis.com/

EU

Eurostat GISCO. Administrative boundaries, infrastructure and land cover http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/gisco

Global

UNESCO Institute for Statistics http://data.uis.unesco.org/

Global administrative areas http://www.gadm.org/

University of Pennsylvania international GIS database http://guides.library.upenn.edu/globalgis

USA

Federal government’s open data site https://www.data.gov/open-gov/