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Python Geospatial Development - Third Edition by Erik Westra

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Applications of geospatial development

Let's take a brief look at some of the more common geospatial development tasks you might encounter.

Analysing geospatial data

Imagine that you have a database containing a range of geospatial data for San Francisco. This database might include geographical features, roads, the location of prominent buildings, and other man-made features such as bridges, airports, and so on.

Such a database can be a valuable resource for answering various questions such as the following:

  • What's the longest road in Sausalito?
  • How many bridges are there in Oakland?
  • What is the total area of Golden Gate Park?
  • How far is it from Pier 39 to Coit Tower?

Many of these types of problems can be solved using tools such as the PostGIS spatially-enabled ...

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