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Python Geospatial Analysis Cookbook by Michael Diener

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Installing GDAL and OGR

Converting formats is boring, repetitive, and is one of the many, many responsibilities that the GDAL library provides, not to mention format transformations. However, GDAL also shines with regard to other geospatial functions, such as getting the current projections of a Shapefile or generating contours from elevation data. So, to only say that GDAL is a transformation library would be wrong; it really is so much more. The father of GDAL, Frank Warmerdam, deserves credit for starting it all off, and the GDAL project is now part of the OSGEO (Open Source Geospatial Foundation, refer to www.osgeo.org).

Note

The GDAL installation includes OGR; there is no extra installation required.

Currently, GDAL covers working with raster ...

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