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Python Geospatial Analysis Essentials by Erik Westra

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Obtaining some geospatial data

For this chapter, we will use a simple but still very useful geospatial data file called World Borders Dataset. This dataset consists of a single shapefile where each feature within the shapefile represents a country. For each country, the associated geometry object represents the country's outline. Additional attributes contain metadata such as the name of the country, its ISO 3166-1 code, the total land area, its population, and its UN regional classification.

To obtain the World Border Dataset, go to http://thematicmapping.org/downloads/world_borders.php.

Scroll down to the Downloads section and click on the file to download. Make sure you download the full version and not the simplified one—the file you want will ...

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