Setting up your Python installation
To start analyzing geospatial data using Python, we are going to make use of two freely available third-party libraries:
- GDAL: The Geospatial Data Abstraction Library makes it easy for you to read and write geospatial data in both vector and raster format.
- Shapely: As the name suggests, this is a wonderful library that enables you to perform various calculations on geometric shapes. It also allows you to manipulate shapes, for example, by joining shapes together or by splitting them up into their component pieces.
Let's go ahead and get these two libraries installed into your Python setup so we can start using them right away.
GDAL, or more accurately the GDAL/OGR library, is a project by the Open ...