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Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition by Erik Westra

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Choosing your geospatial data source

If you need to obtain map data, images, elevations, or place names for use in your geospatial applications, the sources we have covered should give you everything you need. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list—other sources of data are available, and can be found online using a search engine or sites such as http://freegis.org.

The following table lists the various requirements you may have for geospatial data in your application development, and which data source(s) may be most appropriate in each case:

Requirement

Suitable data sources

Simple base map

World Borders Dataset

Shaded relief (pseudo-3D) maps

GLOBE or NED data processed using gdaldem; Natural Earth raster images

Street map

OpenStreetMap ...

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