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Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition by Erik Westra

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Summary

In this chapter, we looked at a number of important libraries for developing geospatial applications using Python. We learned the following:

  • GDAL is a C++ library for reading (and sometimes writing) raster-based geospatial data.
  • OGR is a C++ library for reading (and sometimes writing) vector-based geospatial data.
  • GDAL and OGR include Python bindings that are easy to use, and support a large number of data formats.
  • The PROJ.4 library, and its Pythonic pyproj wrapper, allow you to convert between geographic coordinates (points on the Earth's surface) and cartographic coordinates (x,y coordinates on a two-dimensional plane) using any desired map projection and ellipsoid.
  • The pyproj Geod class allows you to perform various geodetic calculations ...

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